Pecan Sandies

I loved, loved, loved pecan sandies as a child. You know, the store-bought ones that have been around for ages. In my adult years, I have come to appreciate and prefer homemade baked goods. I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to make my very own pecan sandies.

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, an iPad and iPhone app that’s been around for a few months now. I was first introduced to the app when I was invited to The Martha Stewart Show to live Tweet her cookies episode in November. As you can imagine, that was quite an experience, and I’m still in awe of both her and that set.

Recreate this sentimental favorite in your own kitchen. Pecan Sandies recipe at

Back to the cookies… These are very simple and quick to get from preheating to baking. It’s a simple dough that comes together quickly, if not that cohesively. My one complaint was that my dough didn’t stick together very well. The flavor, on the other hand, was exactly what I had hoped. The crunch of toasty pecans in a sweet cookie makes me happy.

To all you social butterflies, if you don’t follow me on Twitter, I’m there: @bakeorbreak. For more on my trip to see Martha, there’s a shot of the Twitter group with Martha over on BoB’s Facebook page.

Pecan Sandies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Yield: about 18 cookies

Pecan Sandies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350°.

Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Beat in vanilla and salt. With mixer speed on low, gradually add flour and beat just until combined. Fold in pecans.

Roll dough into 1 & 1/2-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets. Lightly flatten each with the bottom of a dampened glass.

Bake cookies until golden brown (about 15-17 minutes). Cool completely on wire racks.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Makes Cookies.

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  1. sweet road February 28, 2011 Reply

    These were my favorite cookies as a kid, my mom used to always buy them! And now that I think of it, I never have made them myself, but I must try this recipe for deliciousness and nostalgia’s sake!

  2. Nan February 28, 2011 Reply

    Pecan Sandies remind me of us at Vacation Bible School. I’m sure your homemade ones are much better though!

  3. Ashlae February 28, 2011 Reply

    These look so delicious! Pecan sandies are one of my favorite cookies – homemade only though. There’s something about the ones in the package that I don’t like. And I just saw the related post for cocoa macadamia nut sandies.. HEAVEN! Thank you.

  4. holly February 28, 2011 Reply

    YUM-drooling:) These look awesome!!!

  5. Three-Cookies March 1, 2011 Reply

    The cookies look delicious, I have never tried these. Things I missed out on since I don’t live in the US:)

  6. The Duo Dishes March 1, 2011 Reply

    This has to be much better than the packaged ones. Two thumbs up!

  7. Tiffany March 1, 2011 Reply

    Shut. Your. Face. I absolutely LOVE pecan sandies! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks!!!

  8. Sprinzette March 1, 2011 Reply

    These look fabulous – I’ve really enjoyed reading your cookie recipes. I now just need to find the time to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. May March 1, 2011 Reply

    MMMM..these look delicious, one of my favorite cookies!

  10. Micah March 1, 2011 Reply

    Glad you are back!!!

  11. David Ng March 1, 2011 Reply

    Wow! Looks too good to be true!

  12. jason March 3, 2011 Reply

    These things look gorgeous and I am sure are delicious.

  13. Lot-O-Choc March 6, 2011 Reply

    Oh wow ive never heard of pecan sandies before, Id love to try them though, I love pecan nuts so i can imagine in these they are delicious!

  14. Kathy - Panini Happy March 7, 2011 Reply

    Oh wow, I forgot how much I loved the packaged Pecan Sandies as a kid. I definitely want to try making them myself!

  15. Lynn March 8, 2011 Reply

    Ooh… those look delicious! If there are enough pecans in the bag I have I’m going to make them tonight.

  16. Pecans are magical. The end. Beautiful shot, as always!

  17. Cristina March 10, 2011 Reply

    Pecan Sandies were my favorite childhood cookie too. I need to make these. 😉 I’m so envious you were invited to Martha’s set for the launch of her iPad cookie application. What an honor and experience that must have been! :)

  18. These cookies look awesome, haven’t eaten them ever! So kicked that you saw Martha!

  19. Sarah@TheSugarHit March 15, 2011 Reply

    Coming from Queensland in Australia, I can’t say that Pecan Sandies are a childhood favourite! (more like lamingtons) But now that I have seen your recipe, I might have to bake up a batch and start a new tradition!!

  20. bev terry March 16, 2011 Reply

    i made these and they were delicious. i doubled the recipe, a definite keeper in my recipe box

  21. bob March 16, 2011 Reply

    I made these tonight. My only complaint is the recipe only makes 18 cookies, which by the time I stopped munching on the batter, yielded only 16 baked cookies! The cookies themselves are excellent with a great buttery pecan flavor. Warm out of the oven, they are excellent. One last comment: My toaster oven had them baked in 15 minutes, while the recipe states a significantly longer period of time. I would recommend you keep an eye on them in your oven to prevent overbaking. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. bob March 16, 2011 Reply

    Whoops….I said my oven had them baked in 15 minutes, I meant to say 11 minutes. The recipe says 15-17 minutes.

  23. Janice Harper March 17, 2011 Reply

    I think I’ll try these luscious looking cookies half-dipped in chocolate and served with a pot of chocolate hazelnut tea!

  24. Jaclyn March 17, 2011 Reply

    That’s so excited that you were invited to tweet at the show! These cookies look so good and your photos are great. I just found your blog, I love it. I’m always searching through baking blogs for inspiration so I can;t wait to look through your recipes.

  25. becky March 18, 2011 Reply

    wow your pecan sandies look much better than any i had as a child. i will have to try this recipe out for sure. :) btw your food photography is out of this world! you are amazing at what you do :)

  26. Abby March 18, 2011 Reply

    Pecan Sandies are my dad’s absolute FAVE cookies. I have to make these for him! (And oh how I love Martha, too.)

  27. Nancy Baggett March 23, 2011 Reply

    These cookies look just fantastic! And since I’ve looked at a lot of cookies while writing my cookie cookbooks, I’m not just saying that! I shouldn’t be looking at these while hungry.

  28. Chef Basket March 23, 2011 Reply

    These pecan sandies look wonderful. Thanks for this post.

  29. Tamara April 2, 2011 Reply

    I used to love pecan sandies! These look really good. I need to test this one out. :-)

  30. Laura April 4, 2011 Reply

    I made these the other night, delicious!! (perhaps a little sweet for our Australian palate, but delicious)

  31. cory April 11, 2011 Reply

    I am making these tonight. Right after I go to the gym that is….they look deadly, and so, *SO* much better than the dried out kind that you get at the store. I will report back ASAP with my findings….and I will also listen to Bob’s advice about the cooktime.

    It’s about time I commented here! I love your blog. Thanks for making me excited to check in :) xo, Cory

  32. Danielle April 17, 2011 Reply

    I agree with Bob regarding the cook time. My batch took only 11 minutes as well. They look beautiful. I’m waiting for them to cool so I can taste :)

  33. Wade April 22, 2011 Reply

    These cookies are great, big fans in my house

  34. Deanna May 2, 2011 Reply

    Can’t wait to make these. I bake cookies for Hospice families and am always looking for great – new recipes – thank you

  35. Cookies May 31, 2011 Reply

    I’ve never had these homemade…wow!

  36. Christine June 20, 2011 Reply

    Yummy! Mouthwatering!

  37. Cathy July 3, 2011 Reply

    This is exciting! I’ve loved Pecan Sandies since I was Very Little in the 50’s. Alas, as so many things, they have changed. They do not taste the same anymore, can’t even eat the ones the elves make anymore. Thanks for this recipe. I will be trying it soon!

  38. I Heart Monster October 9, 2011 Reply

    Oh my gosh. These are fantastic. I’m not even a shortbread cookie person, made these for my hubbie. Thanks for the fab recipe! ♥

  39. Tom February 28, 2012 Reply

    These comments above kill me Jen glad to see I’m not the only one addicted to these jewels? I was just wondering if you would turn into a pecan cookie if you ate too many of these? :o)

  40. Washer October 13, 2012 Reply

    These are wonderful cookies. A little sweet I will add a little less sugar next time. The dough taste delicious also and since no eggs I ate too much dough.

  41. mary November 23, 2012 Reply

    I made these today, & were a disappointment! I didn’t read these reviews, my first batch burned, cuz I put it on 15 minute timer (it says 15-17 so I went earlier than later!) ugh. Used real butter & they are all scorched. Hubby will eat anything,but I was taking them to the festivities today for day after TG gathering! :( I have the 2nd tray in (I got 20 cookies total!) & will watch them like a hawk & see how they turn out!

  42. Judy October 16, 2014 Reply

    Made a lot of cookies in my life, but these weren’t total waste of good ingredients.
    Dry, and fell a part. Very aggravating ……..

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  44. Anonymous November 7, 2014 Reply

    Needs an egg because the cookies are WAY too crumbly. Was also too sweet. So disappointed with this recipe.

  45. Carole May 30, 2015 Reply

    Similar to my mother’s recipe, although that one calls for rolling the dough into balls and then into powdered sugar, similar to Italian (or Mexican) wedding cookies.

    Sandies are considered a shortbread cookie, which does not call for eggs. I will say that the butter to dry ingredient ratio in this recipe is quite different than in mine. Mine always turn out quite tender.

  46. Jenna November 24, 2015 Reply

    Hi – Looking to see if anyone has had issues with the cookies spreading too much during baking. The first time I made these everything worked perfectly, since my first batch I haven’t gotten the same result. After rolling into 1 and 1/2 in balls and lightly flattening with a glass as suggested the baked cookies are coming out very thin, at 4″ in diameter.


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      Jennifer McHenry November 25, 2015 Reply

      That hasn’t happened for me, Jenna, but try refrigerating the dough before baking the cookies.

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