South Texas Pecan Sandies

"This is from a HEB cookbook. HEB stores are found all over South Texas. I have made these and they are to die for!! (I think so anyway)!! :) Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!"
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Ready In:
48 cookies




  • Heat over to 350
  • Combine butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla* in a large bowl and mix with electric mixer for about 3 minutes on high speed until mix is light and fluffy.
  • Add flour, salt and nuts to the butter mix slowly at low speed until all ingredients are blended.
  • Divid cookie dough in half. Shape each cookie dough portion into a log, 1 1/2" in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
  • Cut the dough logs into 1/4" slices and place 1/2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove cookies from the baking sheet immediately and roll them in the remaining powdered sugar.
  • Place cookies on a rack to cool before storing in a container.
  • *I always use Mexican vanilla when baking and it makes a difference.

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  1. i like to add a bit more sugar than called for. They also freeze well for make ahead preparation. Just thaw on cookie sheets while oven preheats then bake as usual.
  2. i have been making these for months and my family loves them. i made them for a party and they were a huge hit. i use a bit more sugar than called for (only about 1/4 c) and always go a little over 1 c pecans. such a great recipe, though- thanks for sharing!
  3. These were easy to make and melt in your mouth yummy. Made me look like I know how to cook. Look out cookie Elves!
  4. Lovely, lovely, lovely cookie. Very simple to make, too! One of the best cookies I've ever tasted. I had some leftover ground pecans and mixed those into the dough (less than 1/3 C). That addition definitely made a flavor impact. Baking temp/time was right on, and they sliced cleanly into nice rounds without crumbling.
  5. An excellent recipe for a great cookie!!! They were really easy, and so good. The texture for me was just perfect. Thank you for a great recipe.


I just got married on 07/07/07!! I have lived in Fort Worth, Texas for about 7 years. I have lived in Austin, Corpus Christi and I'm originally from San Angelo, Texas. I love to cook for my family, friends and church. I love trying new recipes. I hope you enjoy the ones that I have posted. If not, please give me your input as to how to improve or any ideas that you might have.
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