Pecan Sandies are a popular shortbread cookie, made by the Keebler company. This homemade Pecan Sandies cookie recipe is a recreation of a childhood favorite! Knowing my sister ate 3 for breakfast makes me think I hit the mark!
Attempting to Make Copycat Pecan Sandies
I remember those rare occasions when my mom would give in and buy some store bought Pecan Sandies from our nearby Hy-Vee grocery store. They were rectangular, crumbly and made my mouth water just by picking up the package.
I spent a while browsing recipes on the Internet, looking to create a similar experience in my own kitchen. These little gems were definitely tasty, but not the cookies from my sweet memories.
Of course, I used to eat cherry pie filling from the can and other not so gourmet treats, so I’m not so certain those pecan sandies from my past were as noteworthy as I recalled.
A Denver Reunion with my Sisters
I packed up a box of caramels, truffles and these nutty shortbread cookies to share with my three sisters who were gathering in Denver for a pre-Christmas visit with my parents. For the first time in ages, I had to sit on my suitcase to get it to zip.
Darn fashion sense…just had to pack those cute boots. Thank goodness, no cookies or candies were hurt in the process. I figured the candies would disappear first, but Maddy, our hostess and youngest sister, popped a pecan sandie in her mouth, then another. Then Mary joined in.
Katie, the clean eater of my siblings, was more into doing yoga adjustments on my sore back than munching on cookies, so she was forgiven for being fit and muscular and immune to sweets. I’d say these were a hit…and hope if you’re a pecan lover, you’ll give this homemade pecan sandies cookies recipe a try.
Do you have a favorite treat from your childhood?
A Couple of Things to Help You Make Pecan Sandies:KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper Print
A pecan packed cookie from my childhood. Adapted from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
- Yield: 36 cookies 1x
- Category: Cookies, Desseryt
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons water
- 1 1/4 cups pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
- Pecan halves, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Line baking sheets with parchment
- Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl till well combined. Set aside.
- Put the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium about 3 minutes, till light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and water and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute (don’t worry if the mixture looks curdled).
- Slowly mix in the flour till combined, then the pecans.
- Scoop out 1-inch balls and place them the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them with the palm of your hand and top with a pecan half, if desired.
- Bake for 20 minutes, rotating pan at the halfway mark if the cookies are browning unevenly.
- Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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