Pecan Pie Cookies

As I mentioned the other day, I sent some cookies to a friend of mine from high school who is currently stationed over in Afghanistan as part of Operation Baking Gals (be sure to check back in Dec, I plan to lead another team). One thing that Jon mentioned that he loves is pecan pie. I obviously couldn’t ship a pie to him, so I hit up Google in an effort to find a pecan pie cookie.

Sure enough, I found a recipe quite easily and it looked pretty tasted. I whipped these up and Hubby and I both agreed they taste just like you would expect from a cookie form of pecan pie. They came together easily and once the dough is chilled, you just make them like thumbprint cookies and add a dollop of the filling. These would be great at any holiday gatherings coming up this year. And they freeze well too!!

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Pecan Pie Cookies

Ever wanted to make pecan pie in a more portable form? These cookies taste just like pie, but you can send them in the mail!

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


For the Cookies
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
For the Filling
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla


Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all cookie ingredients except flour and baking powder in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder. Beat until well mixed. Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour.

Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in each cookie with thumb; rotate thumb to hollow out slightly.

Combine all filling ingredients in small bowl; fill each cookie with 1 rounded teaspoon filling. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

Recipe from Land O Lakes

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6 Responses to “Caramel Pecan Bars”

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    oliepants — December 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    This looks delicious! I have caramel that I need to use up too and I don’t want to make pecan pie again! Well meaning I already did yesterday and I don’t want to again today. 🙂

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    EliFla — December 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Today I just want to wish you a very merry Christmas…hugs and blessings, Flavia

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    becksterslaboratory — December 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Yum! A lady I work with made a very similar recipe last week, except in pie form. SO yummy! : )

  4. #
    Megan — December 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Love these bars! The caramel filling is so good.

  5. #
    Kerstin — December 28, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Mmm, these look really addicting – love the caramel twist!

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    Alicia — January 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Looks great! I also love pecan pie, and I love it in a bar form!

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