Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

36 cookies
17 min

Nutty, chewy, and oh so delicious, these brown butter pecan cookies will become a new holiday favorite! A crisp outside gives way to a chewy inside that is hiding lots of toasted pecans!

Making cookies for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do! These have become a new staple along with brown sugar and mini walnut tarts, and peppermint bark brownie cookies.

These cookies have the extra flavor bump of browning the butter. It's an extra step, but it is so worth it!

Why You'll Love These Cookies

  • You don't have to chill the dough! Many cookie recipes out there require you to chill the dough before baking. These don't! You can mix up the ingredients and bake them off right away.
  • They are great for the non-chocolate lovers! I love a good chocolate loaded cookie, but for some, they want a change from a chocolate chip cookie. These cookies check all those marks!
  • They keep really well! Since they don't have any chocolate or jelly, these cookies are perfect to add to a holiday cookie tin because they aren't a mess. They are simple and delicious, a true crowd pleaser!
Ingredients You'll Need

Most of the ingredients in these cookies are your standard ingredients for cookies, plus pecans!

  • Butter- 2 sticks. I like to use salted butter, I know I know, some people swear by unsalted butter. I just prefer salted butter, but unsalted would work as well.
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Brown Sugar- To give an even more nutty flavor to the cookies
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs- You'll need two eggs plus one egg yolk
  • Pecans- Toasted slightly

What Is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is simply butter that is cooked enough so the milk solids toast and brown slightly. You can use brown butter in sweet desserts or savory dinners. It's easy to make and adds so much to the recipes it is added to. Brown butter adds an irresistible nuttiness and depth of flavor to whatever you add it to!

When making brown butter, stay close to the stove! You don't want to walk away from the pan, because the butter will go from browned to burnt in a matter of minutes!


  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Ice Cream Scoop for equal sized cookies
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Mat
  • Baking Sheet

Let's Make Brown Butter Pecan Cookies!

In a saucepan, place the two sticks of butter and turn the heat on medium. As the butter melts, swirl the saucepan and continue stirring the butter. After 5 minutes, the butter will start giving off a nutty smell and turning brown. When it starts to turn brown, turn the heat off and set the saucepan aside to let the butter cool completely. Stay close to the stove. The butter goes from brown to burnt in a matter of a minute.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the pecans on a cookie sheet and bake them for 5 minutes. Stay close to the oven, you don't want to burn the pecans. When they are cool enough to handle, chop them into small pieces and set them aside.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. When the butter has cooled, place the brown butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the sugar to the butter and cream the mixture for one minute on medium speed. Add the eggs and egg yolk and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar and butter mixture. Turn the mixer on low speed and mix until combined. Add the chopped pecans and mix one more time.

With an ice cream scoop, scoop equal sized dough balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack, sprinkle with powdered sugar if you would like, and enjoy!

Why We Toast The Pecans

Toasting the pecans will enhance the pecan flavor and will make the pecans more nutty. Stay close to the toaster or the oven when you are toasting them. Nuts burn so fast! They go from perfectly browned to burnt in a matter of seconds. When you can start smelling the nuttiness of the pecans, they are done!

Tips and Tricks

  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough. That will give you equal sized cookies.
  • Make sure the butter is cooled before you add it to the sugars. If the butter is too warm, it will cause the cookies to be greasy and it might cook the eggs.
  • Make them slice and bake! Place the dough in a piece of parchment paper and shape the dough into a log. When ready to bake, cut the dough into the size cookies you would like.
  • Add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or dried cranberries for an extra pop of flavor!
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the dough up to 24 hours in advance and keep the dough in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. You can also freeze the dough by putting it in an airtight container. The cookies freeze beautifully once they are baked. Bake them and let them cool completely. Add them to an air tight container and freeze them for up to three months.

Can I use another type of nut?

Yes! Chopped walnuts or chopped almonds would work in this recipe.

Do I have to brown the butter?

Browning the butter adds an extra nuttiness to compliment the pecans. If you don't want to brown the butter, you don't have to. Use softened butter and cream it with the sugars. These cookies will still be delicious!

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📖 Recipe
Brown Butter Pecan Cookies
Recipe details
  • 36  cookies
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 12 Minutes Total time: 17 min
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  • 2 sticks Butter Browned
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Pecans Chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

In a saucepan, melt the butter and gently brown it. Turn the stove to medium heat and swirl the butter in the pan for 5-7 minutes. When the butter turns a brown tint, the butter is done. Cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. When you can smell the pecans, they are done. Do not overbrown them as they burn easily. When the pecans are cool enough to handle, chop them into small pieces.
Lower the oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cooled butter and the sugars. Turn the mixer on and mix for 1 minute.
Add the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla to the mixer and mix again.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Slowly add the flour to the stand mixer and mix until well combined.
Add the chopped pecans and mix again.
With a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Leave at least an inch of space between each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned. Cool on a cooling rack.
  • The ice cream scoop will make a domed cookie, if you would like a flatter cookie, press the top of the cookies when they are on the cookie sheet to flatten them.
  • Make sure the brown butter is completely cooled before adding it to the sugar and eggs.  Too hot and the cookies will be greasy and cook the eggs.
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