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Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies - The best rich butter, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Recipes include a cake mix version, too!

The best rich and buttery, toasted nut Butter Pecan Cookies for fall!  These Butter Pecan Cookies are nutty, chewy, flavorful, and a favorite cookie recipe for the holiday season! This cookie recipe features a homemade recipe version and an easy cake mix recipe.

Butter Pecan Cookies have a nutty toasted butter, sweet maple taste that you’ll fall in love with this season! It’s the quintessential southern fall dessert that deserves more praise and this season I’ll be baking more with this warm mouthwatering flavor.

Butter Pecan Cookies - The best rich butter, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Easy homemade version and a cake mix version included!

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The first time I tried butter pecan flavored desserts I fell in love.  Pecans are a huge part of southern desserts culture in the south and it’s not uncommon to find them incorporated in cakes, ice cream, and cookies.

I like to add maple flavoring to butter pecan because it adds an extra layer of flavor that enhances the sweet butter and nutty flavor of these pecan cookies.  Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of maple?

Maple flavoring is a common ingredient added to butter pecan flavored desserts. Visit any bakery and order a butter pecan dessert.  The warm maple aroma gives it this secret ingredient away. It adds another level of warmth and I’m not complaining.

Butter Pecan Cookies - The best rich butter, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Homemade version and cake mix version included.

When I think of fall desserts, I usually think back to my Midwestern roots which included cozy sweaters, warm scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple picking.

While fall weather doesn’t set in until late September back in Wisconsin, I’ll have to wait until November to see these daytime temperatures drop in New Orleans.  In the meantime, I’m not going to hesitate to indulge in the idea of autumn because fall desserts and baking is my favorite!

Butter Pecan Cookies - The best rich butter, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Recipes include a cake mix version, too!

EASY ALTERNATIVE BUTTER PECAN RECIPE

If you’re looking to make a quick and easy alternative to Butter Pecan Cookies, I’ve got the recipe for you!

Butter Pecan Cake Mix

2 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Head to the grocery store and pick up a box of Butter Pecan Cake Mix.  I’ve used Betty Crocker in the past and they always come out perfectly.

In the recipe directions below, you’ll find the recipe and instructions for Cake Mix Butter Pecan Cookies!

Butter Pecan Cookies - The best rich butter, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Recipes include a cake mix version, too!

If you love these Pecan Butter Cookies, try these Lemon Sugar Cookies.  This recipe has an option to make them into cake mix cookies and it also has a fresh lemon cookie recipe that’s been shared over 700,000 times!  And, if you’re not ready to give up on summer just yet, try these Strawberry Cookies.

  The ultimate soft and chewy Pecan Butter Cookies that are great for any fall baking.  We love to make these during cold weather and they are also the perfect recipe for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. One bite and you’ll fall in love with these southern pecan cookies.

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Butter Pecan Cookies

The best rich buttery, toasted pecan, and maple chewy cookies. These Butter Pecan Cookies are perfect for Christmas or holiday baking! Two recipe versions included.  Homemade Butter Pecan Cookies recipe and an easy cake mix version, too.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36
Author Jessica @ swankyrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla or butterscotch pudding flavor
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons butter or butter-rum flavor
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract flavor
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Topping

  • Pecan pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

EASY ALTERNATIVE RECIPE BELOW

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. 

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, instant pudding, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

    In a bowl fit with a mixer, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and vinegar.  Beat until smooth and creamy.

    Beat in egg, vanilla extract, butter flavor, and maple flavor until smooth. Mix in flour and chopped pecans. 

    Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough balls onto baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Place pecan pieces on top of cookie while cooling then transfer to wire cooling rack. To prevent cookies from spreading, place dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer. 

    To make the icing, combine powdered sugar and water.  Drizzle over top of cookie.  Allow to set then store in ziplock bag. 

    EASY ALTERNATIVE Butter Pecan RECIPE 

    1 box ( Betty Crocker ) Butter Pecan Cake Mix

    2 large eggs

    1/3 cup vegetable oil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

    Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil.  Stir until combined. 

    Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes. Use cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto baking sheet. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until slightly golden.  Place cookie dough in the refrigerator between baking. Top with pecan pieces then transfer to cooling rack.  Mix powdered sugar and water then drizzle on top of cookies.  Store in ziplock bag. 

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    2pots2cook
    09/17/2018 at 10:10 am

    This one made me start cookies’ list for holidays to come 🙂

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      Jessica Knott
      09/17/2018 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks! Everyone will love them for the holidays!

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