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Pecan Dreams

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Pecan dreams are a classic cookie I'd always see on my Grandma's dessert table. They're crisp, buttery cookies laced with finally chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, holiday cookies, pecans
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 66 cookies
Calories 51
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 6 rounded tablespoons powdered sugar plus 2/3 cup more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water as needed


  • Preheat your oven to 350° and line two rimmed baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix on medium-low until combined. Dough should be a little crumbly.
  • Form dough into little balls (the width being no larger than a nickel) and place on prepared pan, 1-inch apart.
  • Slide the pan onto the middle rack of your oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 3 to 4 minutes on the pan before rolling a few at a time in powdered sugar.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg