Butter Pecan Cookies

Homemade Butter Pecan Cookies recipe is easy and fail-proof. Each crumbly cookie is loaded with roasted pecans, resulting in a flavorful and crunchy texture.

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– 1 3/4 cups (135 g) chopped pecans – ▢1 tablespoon (14 g) unsalted butter (for roasting the chopped pecans ) – ▢2 cups (185 g) all-purpose flour – ▢1 teaspoon (4.5 g) baking powder – ▢1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda – ▢1/4 teaspoon (2 g) salt – ▢1 cup (226.8 g) unsalted butter (softened ) – ▢1 cup (105 g) brown sugar – ▢1 (40 g without shell) egg (separate egg white and egg yolk) – ▢1 teaspoon (4 g) vanilla extract – ▢1 cup (125 g) pecan halves

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Place chopped pecans with one tablespoon of butter on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Roast for 5 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.

Step 2

In a bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Step 3

Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer), cream together 1 cup of butter with brown sugar. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, and beat until well incorporated. Then, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones, mixing until no powder remains. Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until slightly firm.

Step 4

Meanwhile, whisk the egg white until foamy and stir in pecan halves. Set aside.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Remove the cookie dough from refrigerator, divide it into 50 equal small pieces and round them into balls.

Step 6

Roll the balls into roasted chopped pecans and pressing the nuts into the dough. Transfer the dough onto the baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. Top each one with egg white coated pecan halves.

Step 7

Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely. Store them in an airtight container.

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