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Texas Pecan Butter Cookies

A Texas Staple; these easy and delicious buttery,pecan-filledd, powdered sugar coated cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie swap recipe.  Thank you Fisher Nuts for sponsoring this recipe

Texas Pecan Butter Cookies

Texas Pecan Sandies are a buttery, nutty, delicious holiday treat

 Bring these Pecan Sandies to your next Christmas party or cookie swap, and you’re guaranteed to be invited back! They’re buttery, sugary, crunchy, powdered sugar coated bites of happiness.

When Fisher Nuts asked me to feature a Texas recipe this month I played around with pecan pie, pecan pie cookies, pecan pralines, pecan bars, and then while planning my Christmas baking it struck me… Pecan Sandies! {Or Pecan tarts depending upon from which part of Texas you hail}  Pecan sandies have always been one of my favorite cookies.  They’re sweet, but not too sweet, they’re so crunchy and airy, and even a bit rich and savory thanks to the pecans.

Texas Pecan Sandies

Texas Pecan Sandies Cookie bite

I think my favorite part of Pecan Sandies is how incredibly simple the ingredients are, and how wonderfully easy they are to make.  These are fun to make with friends and family, but especially with kids because they’re a bit messy, and that makes them even better.

Texas Pecan Sandies Cookies; buttery, rich, powdered sugar bites of deliciousness

My poor husband :: sarcasm alert:: had to taste 2 or 3 different batches of these while I played with the butter:vanilla: powdered sugar ratio – the final powdered sugar coating process, and then.. and then… I had the audacity to take two days to photograph them!!  He was fit to be tied by the time I gave him the go ahead to eat them to his heart’s content. It’s hard being a food blogger’s husband. :: sarcasm over::

pecan sandies aka pecan snowballs

This is it, though.  THIS is the be all to end all of Pecan Sandies, y’all.  They’re buttery, crunchy, sweet, savory, and the powdered sugar coating melts in your mouth while the airy, crunchy inside and the pecans … okay.. I’ll stop.

Seriously, though, have you ever had a cookie that just melts in your mouth, but still has crunch and a rich nutty flavor?

pecan studded, powdered sugar coated, butter cookies

Make these, and you will!  But be warned – you can’t eat just one!

Texas Pecan Sandies

A southern delight, these buttery cookies are studded with pecans, and coated with powdered sugar
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:18 mins
Total Time:28 mins


  • 2 Cups Butter room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar plus more for coating
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups chopped pecans


  • Pre-heat oven to 325Β°F
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Cream together butter and powdered sugar; add in flour, vanilla, and pecans. Mix well
  • Using your hands, roll the dough into small balls from 1/4" to 1/2" (they puff up while they cook)
  • Bake about 18 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are a pale gold color
  • While the cookies are still hot, toss them in powdered sugar to coat and place them on a wire cooling rack
  • Here's what makes the cookies extra delicious. That powdered sugar you just coated them with... the heat makes it melt into the cookie - once the cookies are cooled, toss them in another coating of powdered sugar. YUM


Having everything ready makes these cookies a breeze. I have a large bowl filled with about 4 Cups of powdered sugar for the coating process. I keep paper towels or more parchment paper under my wire cooling rack to make clean up easier.
Author: Rachel - A Southern Fairytale
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  1. Pecan sandies have always been one of my favorites!! I’ve never made them at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe, such a great holiday cookie! I think I’m going to make them this year!

  2. I’ve made the same Russian Teacakes recipe forever — similar to yours, different ratios — but with walnuts. It’s my mum’s recipe. But I’m in the mood for a change so I’m happy you made all those batches on our behalf! I just happen to have a few packages of pecans in the freezer, yay! I can’t help wondering — what did you do with all those cookies?

    1. Hi Katie, apparently, I’m not getting comment notifications and it started last year πŸ™ SO SORRY! I hope everyone enjoyed them and that you’re making them again this year πŸ˜‰

  3. Probably a stupid question, but I’m not much of a baker but would love to try these. Is the Flour AP or self-rising?

    1. I’ve never tried it, but I believe you could freeze them, and then gently heat them in a low oven about 10 minutes after they’ve thawed and then roll them in the powdered sugar.

      You can also form them, and freeze the dough to bake off later.

  4. Please, Please, tell me if the butter is salted or unsalted. I can’t remember what I did last time, but they were awesome!

  5. Oh my goodness! Best ever. Way better than my moms recipe (glad I didn’t ask her for it now!!). My new favorite πŸ™‚ ((By the way, halved the recipe and used unsalted butter))

  6. Loved the recipe and now everyone asking for more for Easter and Baby showers! One question : if I freeze, how long do I thaw out before popping into the oven?

      1. Hi Catherine, I’m so sorry.. this comment never came through! I’m hoping you still made them and loved them! It depends on how big or small you roll them, but I can usually get 3 to 4 dozen out of one batch. Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Margaret, You can absolutely freeze them! Just make sure they’re in an airtight, freezer-safe container! Happy Baking! Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

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