Award winning Pecan Sugar Cookies

So I'm going to get straight to the recipe here, because I know that's what you came for. But, please, if you want big, soft, fluffy cookies, stick around and read the rest of this post. Also, hold your head at a 94 degree angle when you put the cookies in the oven and then as soon as they're in, hold your breath and rub your belly and pat your head. Kidding. Kind of. 

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Award Winning Pecan Sugar Cookies

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

If you follow my directions exactly, these will be the softest, thickest, most decadent pecan sugar cookies you've ever made. And if you've never made pecan sugar cookies before, it will be even easier for me to fulfill that promise.


1 cup granulated white sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup butter, room temperature

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cake flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup pecan pieces

Whole pecans, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a light colored baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Combine sugars and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Sift together dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in pecan pieces. Your dough should be very thick.

Using a small ice cream scoop with a trigger, scoop out cookie dough and place on a baking sheet 2-3” apart. Do not flatten dough but you can top each dough ball with a pecan by pressing it lightly into the top. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops just barely begin to brown. Allow to cool a minimum of 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. These cookies are best served completely cooled to room temperature.

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If you read the intro to this post, you're probably thinking, "Well, she's a little dramatic." You might be right. But also, I have found that making the perfectly soft and THICK sugar cookie is a science and things including the humidity of the room you're cooking in play a factor in if your cookie turns out thick. I've previously done a post how to make THE BIGGEST, THICKEST, SOFT AND CHEWY PECAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IN THE WORLD.  If you haven't read that one, you probably should. And you should make those cookies. Because, well, they're the best in the world. I've made them several times and they're always amazing. These pecan sugar cookies, however, are more finicky. I had to make them several times before I figured out how to get them to turn out thick every time. My husband doesn't mind flatter cookies and I'm not sure he was disappointed that I had to make them so many times. I actually made a batch just tonight to make sure I've nailed down all the important factors. I did. I think. So here it goes: 

  1. Pre-heat your oven completely


  3. make them thick

  4. use a light colored baking sheet

  5. line your baking sheet

  6. convection bake, if possible

  7. watch them like a hawk

  8. allow to cool completely


Preheat the oven completely

It's extremely important that they go into an oven that is completely pre-heated. If your oven is still pre-heating the cookies will not have a consistent cooking temperature and bad things will happen. Trust me. 

use room temperature butter

I know it's crazy that it makes a difference, but it does. Do not melt your butter and do not use cold butter. It must be room-temperature. Melted butter will cause your cookie to spread and flatten. Cold butter will not evenly incorporate. 

make them thick

Everyone who is a firm believer in sticking to recipes exactly might freak when I say this, but you might have to add some extra flour. If it's more humid where you are than were I was when I made this recipe, your cookie dough might need more flour. You want this dough to be quite thick. Like, hard to stir and pulling away from your bowl. If your dough isn't thick, add flour one tablespoon at a time until it's nice and thick. You want your dough balls to be able to firmly hold their shape. 

Use a light colored baking sheet

If your baking sheet is dark, the bottom of your cookies will cook a little faster than the tops. And that's all I have to say about that. 

line your baking sheet

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  This helps give your cookies some traction so they can hold their shape more easily (IE stay thick). A non-stick baking sheet will cause your cookies to slip and slide and spread. 

Convection bake, if possible

We are cooking these cookies hot and fast so that the outside gets a nice shape set while the inside stays nice and soft. A convection oven bakes a little faster and circulates the air more evenly. 

Watch them like a hawk

Everyone's oven will be a little different. And these cookies are going into a HOT oven. Once they've been in there for about 7 minutes, turn your oven light on and park yourself right next to the oven. Watch them, and the second they begin to turn slightly golden pull them out. The center might still look gooey. That's okay. That's good, actually. Embrace the gooey. Because...

Allow them to cool completely

Your cookies will continue cooking for about 10 minutes after you pull them out of the oven just from the heat they're retaining. It is extremely important to let this process occur or you will have a gooey mess. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the baking pan, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for ANOTHER 10 mintues before you take a bite. This will take all the self-control you can muster. It's worth it. 






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