Mae Mortensen's Butter Pecan Cookies

"This is Mae Mortensen's recipe. She posted it in the "Fellowhip Favorites from First Presbyterian" cookbook. Because the pecans are ground, its like a pecan sandy."
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Ready In:
4 dozen




  • Cream the butter and margarine. Gradually add 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer.
  • Add the water and vanilla, beating well. Gradually add the flour to the creamed mixture, beating well. Stir in ground pecans.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls to 1/4 inch thickness with the palm of your hand. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly on the cookie sheet.
  • Roll cookies in additional sugar to coat. Let cool completely on wire racks.

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  1. Annacia
    I normally save shortbread cookies for Christmas because I just can't resist them and they are so rich. However, I have yet to try a cookie recipe from this chef that wasn't a 5 star winner so I just had to go for these. I made a half amount and them made the cookies bigger than ask for and got 18, melt in your mouth, wonders. Love the ground pecans and will make these again using hazelnuts. Used Splenda for the sugar without adding any extra or rolling in sugar after baking. I love them with the minor sweetness that really allows the pecan flavor to shine. As a side note these may be the fastest to make cookies I've ever made! :D
  2. DailyInspiration
    These cookies are so tasty and I especially love that they aren't overly sweet. I used all butter for these cookies and added a pinch of salt as did the other reviewer. Made these cookies for New Years day. Next year, they'll be on my holiday cookie tray for sure.
  3. diner524
    These are a lot like a pecan sandy!! I made 1/4 of the recipe and used all butter and did add a pinch of salt. I ate a few and then had to hide them from myself, lol!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for Photo Tag Game.



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