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Pecan Sandies Cookie Recipe

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Pecan Sandies are a popular shortbread cookie, made by the Keebler company. This homemade Pecan Sandies is a recreation of a childhood favorite! Knowing my sister ate 3 for breakfast makes me think I hit the mark!

Homemade Pecan Sandies Cookies on a small white plate

Copycat Pecan Sandies Cookies

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. This copycat pecan sandies cookie recipe was tasty, but not the same 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.

Pecan Sandies on a white plate with a holiday napkin and mini wreaths


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, I 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 sandies 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. If you’re a pecan lover, I hope you’ll give this homemade pecan sandies cookies recipe a try.

Close view of Pecan Sandies cookies stacked on a white plate

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Homemade Pecan Sandies Cookies

Pecan Sandies

A pecan packed cookie from my childhood. Adapted from Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 36 cookies


  • 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)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line baking sheets with parchment
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl till well combined. Set aside.
  3. 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).
  4. Slowly mix in the flour till combined, then the pecans.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating pan at the halfway mark if the cookies are browning unevenly.
  7. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g


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22 comments on “Pecan Sandies Cookie Recipe”

  1. Oh I’ve had more than my share of store bought pecan sandies! Your cookies look great, love the nice big pecan half! Merry Christmas Liz:@)
    PS-Now that the Eagles are out of it… All I want for Christmas is a Packers Super Bowl!!!

  2. Hehe, I love hearing your sisters reaction to these cookies. A hit for sure. Merry Christmas!

  3. I love treats like this that bring back holiday memories from childhood! I made my great-grandmother’s thumbprint cookies and they do the same for me. These cookies look tasty! I love pecans.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. These are one of my favs!

  5. My Mom had a dear friend who would bake a variety of North American Christmas treats and these were one of my favourites. The shortbread cookie would simply melt in your mouth and the crunchy pecan would be a perfect crunch in the midst of it all. What a lovely memory you brought back to me, thank you.
    I have a friend who puts corn starch into his shortbread to make it melt in your mouth.

  6. They look perfect. Merry Christmas Liz!!

  7. haha, Liz, I had to pack an entire suitcase for my boots and shoes. . well, just a small one .. I always overpack . . hope you had a wonderful visit with your three sisters and parents! Happy Christmas!!

  8. Love those pecan sandies! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  9. Cookies are so special for this holiday (and for Santa) I don’t blame your sister for eating one after another. Merry Christmas to you and family!

  10. These are one of my childhood favorites! I have been wanting to find a recipe for a homemade version! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I know exactly what Pecan Sandies you are thinking about Liz. The kind that melt in your mouth but slowly and pecanny at the same time, lol…I don’t recall where that recipe is but I’m pretty sure it came from one of those Culinary Arts Cookbooks. Or, one of the Metropolitan Life cookbooks. Either or:)

    These sure do look yummy. Sounds like your sisters were glad to see you for various reasons, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing Liz:) A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!!

  12. Yum. This looks like a great holiday treat.

  13. How wonderful to have a little mini reunion with your sisters! I am sure these melt in your mouth Sandies were a super big hit. Happy holidays to you and your family

  14. Lizzy,
    These cookies look delicious. I haven’t had a good pecan sandie in years.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

  15. Liz, Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    These cookies look mouthwatering!

  16. Love these pecan sandies, I would have a hard time just eating one of these cookies too ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful visit and hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! xoxo

  17. How lovely to be getting together with your three sisters. I used to eat terrible things as a child and really loved them but these days I cringe at the thought of a pluto-dog or a chicko-roll or an iced doughnut filled with faux cream. Your sandies are gorgeous and it’s always lovely to receive homemade treats xx

  18. These cookies look scrumptious – perfect as a Christmas treat. A favourite treat from my childhood is my mum’s rice pudding – which I still make.

  19. how sweet that you and your sisters got to enjoy these together!! (my brother is eating clean right now, *harumph*)

    These cookies def. look worthy of being gobbled up super quickly!

  20. What fun to be with family at Christmas. I enjoyed my family through Skype but it’s just not the same. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your pecan sandies.

  21. I’ve never heard of these before, but they are definitely on the list to try ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing, Liz xx

  22. I thought you were the fit one, Liz! =) And I’m soooo glad that even the gorgeous gourmet did things like eat cherry pie filling from the can…As for the childhood cookies…I’m quite certain your rendition has got to be very superior and stellar!

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