Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies


These Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies are sure to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings! They are a decadent cookie brimming with buttery toasted pecans and topped with a luscious penuche or caramel-like frosting. I mean who could resist??

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Are you cookied out yet because I’m definitely not :). This is my final cookie recipe for the holiday season – and my last of the year too. I can’t believe 2018 is almost here, this year went by fast and was filled with lots of tasty cookies and treats.

In case you missed it this past month I’ve shared Chocolate Chipped Cranberry Cookies, White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Chocolate Cookies, Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Lofthouse Style Snoman Sugar Cookies, a recipe for One Single Santa Cookie, White Chocolate Gingerbread Star Cookies, and these Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies. In other words too many to choose from so I thought I’d make it harder with one more :).


And now with the beginning of the new year I’ll be back to healthy dinner recipes (and some desserts as always), but this December with treats galore has been so delicious!

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

I’m pretty sure whomever it was who started the cookie sharing during the holiday season she/he and I would be best friends.

The gift of cookies is one of the best gifts ever. Made with love and sure to please – because we all love cookies!

I mean if my husband made me a batch of cookies and wrapped them up in a little red tin it would be better than him wrapping up a pair of diamond earrings in a 24 carat golden box with a dazzling bow. Okay really I’d maybe pick the earrings – but a batch of cookies would mean a lot coming from him because he doesn’t like to bake so I’d be perfectly grateful for either.

In his defense though he does do a great job with gifts. He may not make cookies but he’s a pro with remodeling.

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

What I’m trying to say here though is that effort big and small means a lot to people, a kind gesture goes a long way and that’s one thing I really love about this season.

So if you haven’t done your baking yet or weren’t planning on doing any at all it’s not too late.

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Show someone you appreciate them and share a plate of cookies, even if it’s not these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies. (I have lots of super easy treats too if you are short on time like this Christmas Crunch, these Hug Pretzels, or these Turtle Pretzels). I just hope you have a chance to make something for someone. Tis the season to give.

I’m so grateful to have all of you as readers and wish I could share a plate of cookies with each and every one of you! Thanks for following along and Happy Holidays to you!


Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

A chewy cookie brimming with toasted pecans and covered with a caramel or penuche-like frosting. Such a delicious holiday cookie! 

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 28 cookies


  • 2 cups (283g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (210g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted, cooled and chopped into bits

Brown Sugar Icing

  • 3/4 cup (160g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp (90ml) half and half
  • 3 Tbsp (42g) unsalted butter, diced into 3 pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 28 pecan halves (toasted or untoasted) , for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda an salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and brown sugar until well blended. 

  4. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add in flour mixture and mix just until combined then mix in pecans.

  5. Scoop dough out and shape into balls, about 1 1/2 Tbsp each (or using a medium cookie scoop). Drop onto prepared baking sheets spacing them 2-inches apart.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until nearly set, tops should appear under-baked, about 9 minutes.

  7. Cool on pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Frost with brown sugar icing and add a pecan to each immediately after frosting each one before the frosting starts to set. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

For the brown sugar icing:

  1. In a small saucepan bring brown sugar, half and half and butter to a boil stirring constantly. Continue to boil, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. 

  2. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. Let cool several minutes until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Thin with 1 tsp hot water a time as needed.

  3. Recipe source: adapted from Southern Living via The Recipe Rebel

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  • Bruce Deniger: This seems really tasty, especially the brown sugar icing.I think i can use this to top on any cookies. January 4, 2018 at 12:18am Reply

  • Leslie: These look divine! Yum! I love the frosting on top and the pecans, they look so dressed up for any occasion. December 23, 2017 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Margaret: What is half and half as mentioned in the icing please? Never came across this. December 22, 2017 at 11:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s pretty much just a blend of 50% milk and 50% cream. So a combo of those two would work or just cream and maybe add a little extra. December 22, 2017 at 9:47pm Reply

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