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Pecan Sandies From Scratch

Buttery Pecan Sandies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 201kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  • Mix together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or another large bowl (if using a hand mixer), cream butter, and sugars together until fluffy. Then add vanilla, salt, and egg and beat until smooth.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well after every addition, the dough will be a little thick.
  • With a large spoon, add the pecans and mix.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 30-45 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough out in 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls and put on to an un-greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until cookies are slightly browned (this will depend on the size of your cookies, if cookies are larger they can take up to 20 minutes)
  • Cool on a wire rack and enjoy! Store in a air tight container.


I prefer bigger cookies and make about 12 cookies with this recipe.
Make your own Vanilla Extract from scratch! http://www.servedfromscratch.com/vanilla-extract-from-scratch/
Shortening vs. Butter
Shortening: This dough is so incredibly soft and it makes a much softer flakier, crumbly cookie. It also (because of the neutral flavor of the shortening) lets the pecan flavor shine more.
Butter: This dough is much thicker and produces a cookie that's chewier and a little richer from the butter, but just a slightly less pecan flavor than the cookies made with shortening.


Serving: 12cookies | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg