Looking for an easy and delicious cookie recipe? Try making a batch of pecan sandies. Only six ingredients are needed: butter, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and pecans. No leavening agent or eggs are required. These little cookies come out crisp and sandy, hence their name! They're buttery and perfect for people who love pecans, like my husband and my best friend. Give them a try!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I use Nielsen-Massey brand)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur 100% organic flour)
1 cup pecans, chopped
1) Position oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt and beat until blended. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and beat just until combined. Stir in pecans.
2) Using your hands, roll dough into 1-1/2-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Lightly flatten each ball with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass or metal measuring cup.
3) Bake until golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks and let cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.