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Butter pecan meltaway cookies on red plate with santa mug.

Butter Pecan Meltaways

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These delectable Butter Pecan Meltaways are the perfect little cookie any time of the year, or enjoy them as Christmas Cookie that would be ideal for cookie exchanges and cookie trays. Buttery cookies, loaded with chopped pecans, these are sure to please the whole family! 


1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature

3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Pinch ground allspice

Pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer, cream together butter and 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar until fluffy (approximately one minute).
  3. Add in vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, chopped pecans, ground allspice and salt. 
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop or measuring spoon to measure 1 tablespoon of dough. Shape into 2″ logs by rolling and shaping with fingers. Pinch the ends and turn in slightly to taper.   I like to roll them directly on the parchment lined baking sheet, or you can use a cutting board or pastry cloth.

  7. Place crescents 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet.

  8. Bake in 325°F oven 15 minutes (the bottoms are light brown). Cool on pan for two minutes, then carefully transfer to wire rack.

  9. Pour remaining powdered sugar into shallow dish and press cookies, one at a time into the powdered sugar to coat.

  10. Cool completely, then use a small sieve to dust with remaining powdered sugar from the bowl.


To make ahead and store: Layer cooled cookies between sheets of waxed paper for up to 5 days or freeze in same manner for up to 4 weeks.  Dust lightly with powdered sugar before serving if desired.