Pecan Sandies

My husband recently tagged along with me to the grocery store. This never happens.

Mostly because back when the kids were younger we would all go to the store together and I’d end up getting all stabby halfway through because he would get the kids all riled up. Children are meant to be quiet and walk at a respectable pace and never once make loud screechy noises while at the grocery store. That’s just the law. I didn’t write it, but I do my best to adhere to it.

My husband? Huh uh. He thinks the grocery store is his own personal playground and he runs around the kids in circles, taunting them, pushing them, picking on them, teasing them, and turning them into maniacs.

I finally break and start screaming and then everyone looks at me like I’m the irresponsible one.

So, for years I’ve shopped alone while he stayed home with the kids.

We just recently went shopping together, though, just the two of us, and he behaved like a rational adult. I was so proud of him. He was like a grown up!

Then he grabbed a package of Keebler Pecan Sandies.

First of all, I’m a food blogger and you dare buy packaged cookies? That’s like a slap in the face.

Second of all, the only people I know who eat Pecan Sandies are people who are members of AARP.

Now, there is nothing wrong with AARP members. They are quite lovely. My parents happen to be members. I like them.

It’s just, Pecan Sandies are old people cookies. Truth.

Then we got the package home and I ate one and I decided that fine, okay, maybe they are for younger people, too.

So, I made my own.

These are possibly my new favorite cookie. Just don’t tell anyone I said that. I’m only 31 years old, after all. I have a reputation to uphold.

(It was just brought to my attention by my brother in law that I am actually only 30 years old. I…don’t even have an explanation.)

Pecan Sandies


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix on low until just combined. Stir in the pecans.
The dough will be somewhat sticky, but roll it into small balls and roll each ball in sugar.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart (they don't spread much at all) and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the edges are golden.
Cool on wire racks.

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