Butter Pecan Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

Tis the season for cookies… and who doesn’t love a good cookie?  How about a cookie that uses no eggs and comes together super quickly?  Even better!

I love the flavors of butter pecan, and these cookies do not disappoint!  I tested these out on my family a little ways back and let’s just say that I definitely should have doubled the recipe… they went quickly!  These cookies would be a cute homemade gift to give away this holiday season… wrap them up in some cellophane and tie with a holiday ribbon 🙂  They’ll be begging you for the recipe, I’m sure of it!

These are also a great recipe for your kids to help you with… they can help you roll the cookies into balls and roll them in the sugar 🙂  Using only 6 ingredients, the flavor of these cookies will surprise you… in a good way!

I’ve been baking my tail off for this holiday season, and although it may be too late for you to add any more baked goods to your to-do list… you should save this recipe for anytime you want a delicious cookie.


Once the dough has come together, it will be pretty crumbly… so much so that you may worry that they won’t hold together.  Trust me on this, they will 🙂

Could my hand look any more alien-like in this picture?

Could my hand look any more alien-like in this picture?

Ignore my creepy purple-red hand and see how the dough sticks together once it’s been formed into the ball?  That’s what you want.  Just roll the ball in some granulated white sugar until it’s coated, and place on your baking sheet.


You’re probably thinking… “um, I’m pretty sure I know what cookies on a baking sheet look like… duh”, but I wanted to give you a tip.  You’ll notice that my cookies are not on any parchment paper or silpat.  They’re directly on the baking sheet, the ungreased baking sheet.  Usually I always use parchment paper for easy cleanup and no fear of cookies sticking to the pan… but this time, I had just run out.  Grrrrrr.  But these cookies baked beautifully with no sticking whatsoever 🙂





Mmmmm, now I want these again!

Recipe adapted from Bake Bellissima

Butter Pecan Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

The title says it all... buttery cookies studded with toasted pecans, rolled in sugar and that absolutely melt in your mouth!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 12 cookies


  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature - 1 stick
  • 1/3 cup sugar - plus more for coating
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  • On a baking sheet, toast pecans about 6 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool, finely chop.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and ⅓ cup sugar until light, about 1 minute.
  • Beat in salt, vanilla, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.
  • Shape dough into small golfball sized balls.
  • Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart, on a baking sheet. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  • Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.
  • Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Author The Chunky Chef
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20 comments on “Butter Pecan Melt in Your Mouth Cookies”

  1. When I was young my mom would make these every Christmas. We called them Snowballs. I never cared for them as a kid, but my mom had a habit of over baking everything and they would turn out dry and hard. So I thought I would try them myself and go with the shortest baking time. Oh my God! What a difference. They do just melt in your mouth. The trick is not to over bake. I’ll be baking these every Christmas from now on. Yummy!

  2. This recipe looks really EASY to do, I’m going to give these a try over the weekend. I’m sure the kids are going to love them! ….LOVE the pics!

  3. Wow !! Amazingly delicious !! I can’t wait to try making this awesome recipe today. Love this cookies “Butter Pecan”.

  4. Yum! These cookies look good! Thanks for sharing them at The Pin Junkie. They were featured at this week’s party!

  5. Oh yummers!!! Another good cookie is always nice to have in the repertoire 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us at #foodiefridays!

  6. I grew up on Keebler pecan sandies, so I would love to try these. They look delicious and like they would melt in my mouth! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from The Pin Junkie! Pinned and tweeted!

  7. Wow, these look great! And the minimal ingredients is nice to see since I find simple tends to taste best.

    Found you at the Pin Junkie Pin Party!

  8. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was
    super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what
    I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
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  9. These look GREAT!!! And sound delicious too- (love the pics, as always)- and your site is looking SPIFFY!!!! You’ve come far since I was last here, nice work!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, cookies this time of year are where it’s at 🙂

    • Thank you so much!! This site has been a labor of love, but I’m happy with the direction it’s heading 😀 Yessss, I LOVE cookies… I baked more today lol. Speaking of which… I see on the commentluv there that you posted a cookie recipe, I’m going to have to check that out 😀

  10. These cookies look amazing – a great recipe. I hope your hand is ok by now 🙂