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Butter Pecan Cookies

The BEST Butter Pecan Cookies with roasted pecan flavor. My southern butter pecan cookie recipe tastes like buttery vanilla sweet cream brown sugar maple cookies with toasted pecans. 
 I include a from-scratch homemade Butter Pecan Cookies recipe AND an easy cake mix version.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butter cookies, butter pecan, Cake Mix, Christmas cookies, Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 138kcal


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


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



    • From Scratch Butter Pecan Cookies
      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 a ziplock bag. 
    • EASY ALTERNATIVE Butter Pecan Cookie 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 a cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto a 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 a cooling rack.  Mix powdered sugar and water then drizzle on top of cookies.  Store in a ziplock bag. 


    Two Butter Pecan Cookie Recipes: This recipe features a from scratch butter pecan cookie recipe and an easy cake mix butter pecan cookie recipe in the recipe instructions. Use one recipe based on needs.
    Perfect Cookies Every Time: Use a cookie scoop to get similar size cookie dough. This allows for even cooking without overbaking.  
    Butter Pecan Icing: To make these cookies with butter pecan frosting, simple add a few drops of maple and butter flavoring to the icing recipe. 


    Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg