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Toasted-Pecan Butter Cookies


These rich, crisp, delicate cookies owe their crumbly texture to confectioners' sugar. Pecans enhance their buttery flavor.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2009


  • 3 1/2 ounces pecan halves, toasted (1 cup)
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Break each pecan half into 2 or 3 pieces. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale. With mixer running, add vanilla and salt, then reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour, beating until just incorporated. Stir in pecans until distributed evenly. Cover dough, and refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes (or overnight; let dough come to room temperature before using).

  2. Drop 2-tablespoon scoops of dough onto baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges of cookies are golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Cook's Notes

Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 2 days.

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