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Butter Pecan Cookies

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When In Doubt, Bake

Of all the words to live by, this phrase is one of my favorites. Baking is a lovely way to unwind even if you only have half and hour, and you have something delicious to eat at the end of your “therapy” session.

These buttery pecan cookies are perfect for a quiet tea with littles, a rowdy BBQ, or even skydiving. Okay not that last one, but you could eat one in celebration once you hit the ground.

Honestly though, they’re so easy you don’t need a reason.

butter pecan cookies recipe

About The Ingredients

In her book, Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon Morell explains how soaking nuts/seeds in a saltwater solution reduces the naturally occurring enzyme inhibitors and phytates in nuts and seeds. This is called making “crispy nuts,”and the pecans in this recipe have been prepared according to this method.

However, this technique is not needed for the almond flour because the outer bran – where the phytates are concentrated – has already been removed.

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Butter Pecan Cookie Recipe

Makes about 10 cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix all ingredients (except 12 whole pecans) in food processor
  3. Scoop out cookie dough in 1 tablespoon increments and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. Press whole pecans into the cookies
  5. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.



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55 Responses to Butter Pecan Cookies

  1. Julie Whetstine via FB says:

    i now think i could feed my kids cookies & milk for lunch! love it! thx!

  2. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Julie – A friend paid me the highest compliment the other day. She’s been loving these recipes so much she said she may accidentally end up on GAPS just because she makes them so often, lol! I know I’ve been going a bit overboard on the recipe sharing lately, but GAPS has had the opposite effect from what I was imagining . . . far from boring and limited, every new day brings a culinary discovery!

  3. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    Dude!!! This recipe looks amazing! Adding to my meal plan for next week 😉

  4. Julie Whetstine via FB says:

    we aren’t GAPS but we will go days without grains or sugar and we do look for nutrient dense foods and i try to make meals new and interesting and yes, even ‘abnormal’ — so this definitely fits what we are looking for — as do a lot of your GAPS recipes! (love the pancakes!!!)

  5. Sharmista Anthony via FB says:

    What’s the measurement on the salt? It just says 1/2.

  6. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    @Sharmista – Oops! Thanks for catching that. It’s teaspoon! Correcting now . . .

  7. Ana Cole via FB says:

    Do you think these would work with almond instead of walnut? Walnut allergy here, but these look so good!!!!!

  8. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    @Ana – Yes, I think they would, but walnuts have more oil so the almond versions might be a little more dry. You could try pecan/almond/macadamia nut blend to get them a little more moist!

  9. Ana Cole via FB says:


  10. Melodie Towers via FB says:

    I have a recipe for Pecan Sandies too and I just love them. So easy to make and wonderful maple syrupy goodness!

  11. Mae says:

    I awesome! Thanks Heather!

  12. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Is it posted at Breastfeeding Moms Unite!, Melodie? I’d love to post for mamas who are not grain free :)

  13. Heather Knickerbocker says:

    what are crispy pecans? and could i do it with pecans only? it seems to be the only nut i am not allergic to raw. all others if i eat in their raw state i get itchy and my health car professional has suggested i stay away from all nuts i am allergic to in their raw state.

  14. rawkinmom says:

    wow…these look dangerous!!! I would have to eat the whole batch!!! LOL

  15. Kirsten says:

    WOW, YUMMMMMMY! I made these last night, and they are quite possibly the yummiest (and definitely the easiest) cookies I’ve ever had! Gotta love it when you can give them to your family for breakfast too without any remorse. :) I’m on the “accidental GAPS” track too! If I get organized I may do it for real. 😉

    • Heather says:

      This is one of the best comments I’ve ever received! Thank you Kirsten — I’m so glad you liked them!

  16. Russell Hemati says:

    Just to add my endorsement – I had (too many of) these the other evening. Totally awesome dessert. I would never have guessed they used so few ingredients.

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  22. Kim says:

    These were just amazing! The small group at church loved them! I didn’t have quite enough of the pecans or walnuts, so I added some almonds and they still turned out delicious. Thank you for this yummy recipe

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  24. Jessica Boniface via FB says:

    If they don’t freeze well, you can overnight some to me in NC! ;D

    Seriously, though, have a great party! 😀

  25. Alexis Dunigan via FB says:

    Wished we lived closer to come – GA is a just a little far :) Have a fun party!

  26. Rachel Karr via FB says:

    I’m pregnant, I’ll try to save some for other people haha!

  27. Jennifer Clare via FB says:

    Perfect timing – planning a GAPS afternoon tea soon and they’ll be perfect!

  28. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Lol, Jessica Boniface! Maybe I’ll just deliver a batch in person sometime . . . have always wanted to see NC!

  29. Jaime Adams via FB says:

    Just waiting on fiance to get back from an oil change with the good car then we’re headed that way :)

  30. Sunny Britting Espanet via FB says:

    They were all three soooooo yummy! Thanks for the inspiration to make them. My kids loved them all!

  31. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Thank you so much for coming, Sunny Britting Espanet! I want to hear more about what you were telling me . . . hope you start a blog so I can!

  32. kelly v says:

    Heather, I just made these and they taste great! Mine aren’t standing up quite the way yours are…what do you think I’ve done wrong?

    • Heather says:

      Yay, so glad you like them! My guess is that the nuts I used were more densely packed so the ratio to butter was higher (butter causes them to spread out). Mine sometimes do that :)

  33. Rachel Karr via FB says:

    Oh my goodness, everything you brought was amazing!! Thank you! My daughter and I had to be rolled out to the car we were so full! ( That plus the Jasmine kombucha!!)

  34. Jessica Boniface via FB says:

    Spring is a lovely time to visit the mountains of NC – it’s guh-ore-jus!!! (hehe…sometimes, creative spelling/punctuation is required to convey the tone of voice.) 😀

  35. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Jessica Boniface – Ahhh, Daddypotamus and I have been talking about a trip to NC. It probably won’t be this spring, but I’d love to meet up if we can!

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  37. Tami says:

    Instead of butter would coconut oil work for us dairy free folks?

  38. Josephine Ellis says:

    I absolutely love, & appreciate reading all of your posts! I am really, really trying to learn a whole new easy of cooking/baking. I am getting very frustrated that I feel like I am wasting time, & money when these recipes don’t turn out. I am sure that it is something that I am doing because everyone else seemed to do well. I tried this recipe because it seemed so easy. My cookies look nothing like yours, & they feel apart. Please HELP…

    • Heather says:

      Josephine, I am so sorry you’re having trouble! When you say they fell apart, was that while they were still warm? They get more firm as they cool. Can you tell me how they look different?

      • Josephine Ellis says:

        They were wet, like I used too much butter, or syrup. I checked, & I used the correct amount. They were not formed like a round cookie. I thought maybe my food processor was not strong enough, or I need to roll them more. They were even a different color, (darker). I am going to try again because they look simple. I have digestive issues, & I am trying so hard to adopt a different lifestyle. I really enjoy your posts, & reading about you, & your beautiful family! I appreciate the quick response. :)

  39. Josephine Ellis says:

    Another batch coming out now. They are wet, falling apart, not good at all.

    • Josephine Ellis says:

      Was I supposed to melt the butter on the stove? Is it because I doubled the recipe?

      • Josephine Ellis says:

        I am really determined to make these correctly. Before I try these again, can someone please let me know what they think… was I supposed to melt the butter on the stove? Was I supposed to roll them by hand, instead of just spoon them? Can I use a mixer, instead of a food processor?

        • Heather says:

          Josephine, can you walk me through exactly what ingredients you are using? Like what kind of almond flour and what country you’re in? I am really puzzled by your results. Perhaps it has to do with a difference in ingredients, or how a tablespoon means different things in different countries.

        • Heather says:

          Josephine, can you walk me through exactly what ingredients/measurements you are using? Like what kind of almond flour and what country you’re in? I am really puzzled by your results. Perhaps it has to do with a difference in ingredients, or how a tablespoon means different things in different countries.

      • Heather says:

        I do melt the butter on the stove before adding it in.

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