Butterscotch Pecan Sandies

I’m not a big fan of ice cream, but my favorite flavor, by far, is butter pecan. Sure, I like to indulge in other, more complicated varieties from time to time. But, butter pecan is my tried and true favorite.

These cookies are packed with pecans and lots (and lots) of butterscotch. The overall effect is a flavor that can be described as butter pecan. If you aren’t a fan of butterscotch, move along and find another cookie or substitute some chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.

If you do love butterscotch, then I hope you’ve found a good brand of butterscotch chips. This recipe comes to us from Guittard, who make the very best butterscotch chips I’ve tried. In fact, I found the recipe right on the bag.

I love that these cookies are so thick and chewy, as a good pecan sandie should be. This recipe also makes loads of cookies, so you’ll have plenty to share while hoarding some for yourself.

Butterscotch Pecan Sandies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies

Butterscotch Pecan Sandies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) butterscotch chips


Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Whisk together flour and baking soda. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add egg, and mix until combined.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 portions. Mix just until combined. Stir in pecans and butterscotch chips.

Using a tablespoon of dough, shape dough into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared pans and flatten each ball to about 1/4-inch thickness.

Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges are browned. Cool on pans for 5 minutes. Then, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Note that cook time is per baking sheet.

Recipe adapted from Guittard.


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  1. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 26, 2012 Reply

    I can almost taste these little delights as I sip my morning coffee – how well they would go together!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 26, 2012 Reply

    These look lovely! Awesome idea!

  3. Lauri @ MyPinnedLife September 26, 2012 Reply

    These sound so good. I love the butter pecan combo and in a sandy…yum!

  4. Jenny @ BAKE September 27, 2012 Reply

    ooo these cookies look delicious! I’m going to have to try butter pecan icecream next time I’m in the states!

  5. I want to cozy up with these cookies and a warm blanket. Serious yum!

  6. Kylie September 27, 2012 Reply

    Oh my goodness…. I LOVE sandies! And pecan + butterscotch to boot… I’m going to have to try these! Thank you for posting!

  7. Riley September 29, 2012 Reply

    These look so fantastic! I can’t wait to try them!

  8. Junaluska September 29, 2012 Reply

    Ooh, these sound so good. I love butterscotch.

  9. Deb September 29, 2012 Reply

    There is just something special about your Butterscotch Pecan Sandies. The buttery photo drew me in and the ingredients are just luscious! A great cookie!

  10. Tv Food and Drink October 3, 2012 Reply

    These will make a nice little intermission from my ongoing “everything chocolate” obsession. Thanks for sharing. I think I’m gonna make these this coming weekend.

  11. Amy July 13, 2014 Reply

    This was one of the best cookies I’ve ever made/eaten. Everyone agreed. They are delicious !!

  12. Anna Longoria July 15, 2014 Reply

    These are delicious! Right away I tasted the “Sandies” part of the dough. Very easy to make. This recipe is a keeper!

  13. Ashley March 3, 2015 Reply

    I ended up having to use 2c bread flour due to not having enough AP flour…the dough became crumbly so I added another egg and these came out nice and chewy :)

  14. Sandy July 5, 2015 Reply

    OMG – what a fabulous recipe. Loved, loved, loved these cookies. I don’t think they are going to last until supper time because I have them cooling on racks in our kitchen and every time my husband walks by he grabs one.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe as I’m sure it will become a family favourite.

    Easy, peasey recipe as well.

    Sandy in Canada.

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