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Pecan puffs are soft, slightly sweet butter cookies, packed with pecans! This easy cookie recipe is the bite-sized cookie to bake for a Christmas cookie exchange or holiday dessert platter.
It’s hard to believe we are already to the fifth week in our 12 of Christmas Treats. I’m excited to share with you a favorite recipe this week. There are lots of things that I love about these Pecan Puffs Cookies. First off, they are something my mom and grandma used to make every Christmas. It’s been a bit more sporadic lately in recent years, but they are still a family favorite! So I decided to pull out this recipe and give them a try again. And I sure am glad I did. Not only are they super simple, they are a delicious, slightly sweet bite of goodness. Pecans are a big deal here in Texas—it’s the state tree after all! So it’s fitting that these cookies blend my family’s history and our Texas home.
With only five ingredients and a couple of tablespoons of sugar, pecan puffs are a healthier cookie too, right?
They will store for at least a week in an airtight container and even longer in the freezer (a few months at least). This recipe can be easily doubled but don’t let the small ingredient list fool you—the recipe yields about three and half dozen bite-sized cookies.
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Pecan Puffs Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 300°F (yes, 300°).
- In medium bowl, cream together butter and granulated sugar until well blended.
- Stir the pecans and the flour into butter mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes (yes, 30 minutes) until set and lightly browned.
- Cool slightly so you don't burn yourself, about 2 minutes. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. To glaze, put the baking sheet back into the oven for one minute.
- Remove cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Serve or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week or up to three months in the freezer.
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