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Pecan Sandies on a wire cooling rack with pecans and a bowl of powdered sugar
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Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies are a super easy, must make for the holidays and require only a few ingredients. They are also known as Mexican wedding cookies. No matter what you call them they are simply delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pecan Sandies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 102kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar for rolling


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour and pecans until well combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place at least 2 inches apart onto two lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Place shaped cookies into the fridge for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Roll cooled cookies in powdered sugar*. Store in an airtight container. Cookies stay good for about 3 to 5 days.



*One alternative is to roll your cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. The powdered sugar will melt slightly and create a different effect on the cookie. Try both and see which you like best! Either way is delicious. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg