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Pecan Sugar Cookies

By: Bella Bucchiotti
These brown sugar pecan sugar cookies are brown sugar cookies topped with frosting and pecans. They are perfect for Christmas baking!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies


  • 12 Tablespoons salted butter, stick, room temperature
  • ½ Cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ Cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ¼ Cups all purpose flour, unbleached
  • ½ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ Cups pecans, chopped


  • In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter, light brown sugar, powdered sugar, and maple syrup together.
  • Once the mixture is light and fluffy, add the vanilla extract, and the egg. Mix until incorporated. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and chopped pecans.
  • Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Mix well in between each addition.
  • The dough will be thick, I would suggest using a Danish dough whisk or a mixing spoon.
  • Once you have a dough ball, no more dry flour, wrap it in a plastic film, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put 1-2 tablespoons of flour on a working surface and roll the dough, ¼ inch thick.
  • *NOTE* If, like me, you have a hot kitchen, separate the dough in half and keep the other half in the refrigerator.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough and place it on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookies on the cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. The edges will be set and slightly golden.
  • Cool in the pan for 1to 2 minutes and transfer to a cookie sheet to cool completely.
  • Repeat steps 8 to 11 until you have used all the dough.
  • Keep the cookies unglazed or once the cookies are cooled, you can glaze them.


Glaze recipe
  • 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk (or cream).
  • You can add a vanilla extract.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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