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Cookies topped with icing on a wire cooling rack.

Browned Butter Glazed Pecan Cookies

I took my classic pecan sandies cookie recipe and I skipped the part where you roll the dough in sugar before baking. I know. That doesn't sound like something I would do...skip sugar? Weird.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cookie recipes, holiday recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 204kcal


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large 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

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk


  • To make the cookies, 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.
  • Drop balls of cookie dough 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.
  • To make the glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat until browned, whisking constantly, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Whisk in the  powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
  • Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cookies.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.7mg