Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies are a favorite childhood memory.  We used to eat these fun nut cookies at my grandparents house, but these days I make them from scratch.

Pecan SandiesWhen I was a kid, we used to eat Pecan Sandies at my grandparents house.  We loved visiting them, because grandma filled us with treats and grandpa told us terrible jokes, the same three every time.

“Why does the fireman wear red suspenders?”
“To keep his pants up!”

His other favorite joke was, “If a rooster laid an egg on top of a house, which way would it roll?”  Once we figured out the answer to this riddle, {roosters don’t lay eggs} grandpa acted shocked and surprised every time we answered him.

Oh, those were the days.

Sometimes I wonder what kind of grandpa Robb will be.  I’m sure he’ll be great, because he is a phenomenal dad.  He loves to make terrible jokes and sing terrible songs at the top of his lungs.

nut cookie

One of our favorite moments was about a year or two ago, when our son The Fruitarian finally got the joke that was ten years in the making.  We were SO glad we were present to witness that grand moment.

Robb’s family sings a song, with the following lyrics:

There once was an Indian Maid, who laid in the shade all day,
She laid in the grass, with a feather in her… {pause} ear,
Oh, she was an Indian Maid.

Our kids have heard this song sung so many times, it never occurred to them that the lyrics don’t actually rhyme.  The day The Fruitarian got it was CLASSIC.

pecan sandies

I’m looking forward to being a grandma.  {far, far, FAR, forward!}  It will be great.  Robb will sing this Indian Maid song to a new batch of kids, and I’ll bake Pecan Sandies  and make cheese soup for dinner.

I hope the {future} grandkids like nuts.

Pecan Sandies
A pecan filled shortbread cookie recipe.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 2-3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
  1. Place chopped pecans on a baking sheet, and toast at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Remove ½ cup of the nuts, and chop very finely in a nut chopper, blender, or food processor.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and salt and mix well. Stir in flour, and finely ground nuts, and mix until combined. Fold in remaining nuts.
  3. Wrap dough tightly in plastic, form into a log, and chill for 1-2 hours. Slice chilled dough into ½" slices, place on baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes.

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Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies from Is This Really My Life {via TaterTots and Jello}
Sweet Salty Butter Pecan Cookies from Heat Oven to 350
Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Toasted Pecan Cookies from Cooking Actress

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11 thoughts on “Pecan Sandies

  1. Maria

    These look SO GOOD!!! I love pecan sandies, they are one of my favorite cookies! Now I want to try making them at home too! These look fabulous!

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  3. Lisa

    Love this so simple. I’m going to bake these tomorrow when the weather turns cold- again. Ugh come on spring!Thanks!


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