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Pecan Pie Cookies with Butter Pecan Frosting

If November could be baked into a cookie, it would definitely be these pecan pie cookies with butter pecan frosting. Soft buttery sugar cookies, frosted generously with creamy butter pecan frosting, and finished off with a drizzle of chocolate. Perfect for your Thanksgiving entertaining!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Calories: 179kcal


Butter Pecan Frosting


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, beat until combined and the dough forms a ball.
    2. Generously flour your work surface. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Make sure you're using enough flour or your dough will stick. Cut out the cookies using your desired shape (I used a leaf). Carefully transfer the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and place the sheet into the freezer, freeze until firm, about 10-15 minutes. Roll out the leftover scraps, and repeat with the remaining disk of dough.
    3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies on the middle rack of the oven for 10-12 minutes (for soft cookies) or until just lightly golden brown. Do not over bake. Cool on the baking sheet five minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
    4. In a medium sauce pan, melt together 4 tablespoons butter, the cream, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Place the bowl in the freezer (or fridge for longer) for 15-20 minutes or until cool to touch.
    5. On a parchment lined baking sheet, combine the pecans, bourbon - if using, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and cinnamon. Toss to coat. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove, let cool 10 minutes, then roughly chop the pecans.
    6. Grab the cooled butter mixture from the freezer and add the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter, the remaining teaspoon of vanilla, and the powdered sugar to the bowl. Beat together until well combined. 
    7. Frost each cookie and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Drizzle with chocolate. Store cookies in an airtight container for up 3 days. 


Calories: 179kcal