Brown Sugar and Pecan Cookies

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These brown sugar and pecan cookies are soft, chewy, a little crunchy, and loaded with pecans. They are sure to become one of your favorite pecan cookie recipes!

Thick and chewy brown sugar and pecan cookies.

I don’t know about you, but I wait all year for baking season to come around…and then it goes by so quickly! Before I know it, it’s all over! Boohoo!

But, just because it’s January, that doesn’t mean we have to stop baking completely does it? I mean, I know we are all on the meal-prepping-healthy-eating train this month, but everything in moderation right? #cookieloverproblems

Thick and chewy brown sugar and pecan cookies.

Anyway, you know it’s not possible for me to quit baking cookies, ever, so I’ve still been coming up with new cookie ideas left and right and jotting them down for the rest of the year.

These brown sugar and pecan cookies are at the very top of that list because, number one – I LOVE pecans and number two – I have a couple of half-used bags of pecans leftover from the holidays (yes, I said a couple – as in more than one – not sure how that happened *eyeroll*).

Thick and chewy brown sugar and pecan cookies.

So, of course, I instantly started thinking about about cookies that I could add pecans to.

With a few simple tweaks, I took a plane-Jane cookie dough recipe into anytime-pecan-cookie-perfection just by adding some extra brown sugar and of course, tons of chopped pecans (from both bags, haha)!

Thick and chewy brown sugar and pecan cookies.

As with many of my cookie recipes, this brown sugar pecan cookie recipe super simple and, of course, it’s kid friendly too.

You can make these brown sugar and pecan cookies in one large bowl and with no mixer required, making it the perfect recipe to make any old January afternoon! You’re welcome cookie lovers!

Important things to remember when baking these brown sugar and pecan cookies:

  • You’ll want to chop the pecans finely before adding them to the cookie dough.
  • Rotating the cookies halfway through baking will ensure even baking.
  • If the cookies turn brown on the bottom, they’re over-baked.
  • Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Once fully cooled, these cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months if needed.

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Thick and chewy brown sugar and pecan cookies.

Brown sugar and pecan cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
A simple brown sugar and pecan cookie that you can make in one bowl. The cookies are buttery, soft, and chewy, perfect for an afternoon treat!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 117 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 30 pecan halves (for the tops of each cookie)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugars together until smooth.
  • Add sea salt, baking soda, and water and stir.
  • Add egg and mix to combine.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Add flour, half at a time, and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in finely chopped pecans and stir until evenly dispersed.
  • Using a 1 TBS cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto lined baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  • Gently press a pecan half into the top of each cookie. Do not over-flatten.
  • Bake cookies for 12 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze. 


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 9.5gProtein: 1.4gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 5.5gCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.4mg
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    1. Thanks so much Chris! I can vouch for how delicious they are and they are definitely impossible to resist, even in January!

  1. Lucy Parissi says:

    The baking season lasts all year for me, so I’m more than tempted by these cookies right now. Thanks for the great tips too.5 stars

    1. Same! Me too Lucy, baking alllllllllllll of the year! You’re so welcome, thanks for stopping by!

  2. Andrea Metlika says:

    Love pecan cookies and yours sound amazing! Can’t wait to make these.5 stars

    1. Me too, Andrea, me too! I’m all about a nut cookie – LOL! Let me know how you like them!

  3. I need a batch of these cookies in my life. They look so decadent and delicious. My husband would love me to make some of these.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! They are super soft and chewy, and incredibly hard to refuse! ☺️

  4. These brown sugar pecan cookies taste divine. Brown sugar makes cookies ?5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Chichi! I agree, brown sugar in cookies is the. best. thing. ever. These are so chewy and soft, I could literally eat every single one!

  5. Pam Smart says:

    Is this recipe using all purpose or self rising flour?