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 “Operation Baking Girls – Round 13”

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    Cupcake Activist — October 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    It’s so cool to see so many people involved in Operation Baking Gals. Those soldiers are definitely going to feel the love from our goodies!

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    Kristy — October 13, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I’m so excited to learn about this! my brother is in the navy and I’ve seen how soldiers react when freshly baked cookies show up! Looking forward to reading you blog!

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    KnitterlyJess — October 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I (thankfully) dont have anyone you could sponsor, but just wanted to let you know how awesome it is that you’re doing this. My husband has deployed twice to Iraq in the past few years, each time for a year, and homebaked goodies were always among his favorite things to recieve. He recently got out of the marine corps but his unit is heading to afghanastan in the coming months, if I hear of anyone in need of extra goodies I’ll be sure to think of you girls! Thanks so much for supporting the troops!

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    stephchows — October 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Operation baking gals is so amazing!! Jon is going to love everything you sent!

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    comfycook — January 22, 2010 at 3:45 am

    This is a wonderful idea. The soldiers certainly need love from back home and what better way than cookies.

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    PS_Iloveyou — January 18, 2011 at 12:24 am

    This is the first time I’d heard of the Baking GALS. I went and signed up!


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