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Grandmom’s Pecan Sandies

Prepare yourself for a powdered sugar mustache.

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Give your family the gift of cookies this holiday season–every day, all day until they’re all cookie-d out.

I get a tad bit excited around the holidays and make it my job to bake as many cookie recipes as I can. Variety is the spice of life, right?

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My favorite blogging buddies from across the web are making it particularly challenging to choose which recipes I want to bake this season. Do I make these Soft Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies? Oooh, how about these Chocolate Crinkles? Or maybe these Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies?

Decisions, decisions.

I think I’ll just make a batch of each.

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Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite family recipes: my Grandmom’s Pecan Sandies. They’re rich, buttery, and incredibly easy to make. This recipe makes it to my cookie list every holiday season. I look forward to baking a batch (or three) of these pecan sandies every year.

The amount of butter in this recipe (2 sticks) is sinful. The holidays are made for butter, so let’s splurge. It’s the butter that make these cookies so dang yummy.

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To take these cookies to the next level of deliciousness, they get a powdered sugar shower after they bake and cool. There’s no fighting it, you will be covered with powdered sugar after you devour a few of these cookies.

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To get this pecan sandie recipe and read all about my quirky family Christmas traditions, head on over to VRAI Magazine to get the scoop.

Want more cookies? Check out my other cookie recipes.

If you love a good classic cookie recipe, check out this recipe for Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies (Giant-Sized)!

Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies (Giant-Sized) | www.themessybakerblog.com

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22 Responses to “Grandmom’s Pecan Sandies”

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    Laura Dembowski — December 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Pecan Sandie were always some of my favorites growing up. I’m sure these homemade ones are way better than the prepackaged ones I ate.

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:03 am

      These homemade pecan sandies will blow your mind. It’s the butter. Thanks, Laura!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Sounds like a winner recipe to me! And family recipes are always the best! Loving these sandies!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thanks, Anna! You’re right, family recipes rock!

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    Julia — December 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    My gosh, I love all things pecan, ESPECIALLY pecan-y cookies! Grandma’s recipe looks like a true homerun. Can I take the powdered sugar mustache a bit further and just shmear the stuff all over my face? Love these!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:07 am

      These cookies are best eaten if the powdered sugar is everywhere, so dust away!

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    Ashley — December 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    These look just like the snowballs (as we always called them) that my grandma used to make! They are a MUST every year for us as well! I’ll take a few please!

    haha and powdered sugar mustache … so true!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Yes, I’ve heard them referred to as snowballs, which makes sense, because that’s exactly what they look like. Thanks, Ashley!

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    Linda — December 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    How awesome to work with a magazine. Your photos are always right-on.
    I love Pecan Sandies. Did you know they make them in mini-size too. Now I can eat all I want! (NOT) I must try this recipe.

    I’d love it if you shared this with Tumbleweed Contessa at Holiday Best.

    Linda

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Thank you for being so sweet, Linda. Mini? I love anything mini. Linda, can you give me some more details about Holiday Best?

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — December 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Aww thanks for linking up to my nutella cookies! These pecan dandies look awesome! When is a powdered sugar mustache not awesome? I can’t get enough pecan this year. I don’t know what it is, but I just love them! Pinned to bake these soon!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:09 am

      You’re very welcome. There’s no refusing a stuffed nutella cookie–no ma’am. Thanks for pinning, Lindsey!

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    Linda | Brunch with Joy — December 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    How fun! I just finished a batch of these pecan sandies and now I need more. Checking out your recipe so I can bake some.

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:10 am

      You’ll love these, Linda. I just made a second batch yesterday and will be baking them today. You’re welcome to come over :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 10, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Wikipedia told me that Christmas calories don’t count,so all that butter is totally okay. PLUS, Powdered sugar mustaches are super fun and make up for the calories.
    Or something.
    These look amazing girl! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Everything on Wikipedia is true, so I’ll be following along with that rule this year too. Thanks for the pin!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — December 10, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Butter is just a necessary evil during the months of November and December. And I’m totally down with that. No complaints from my end! These Sandies look great!

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    • Jennie replied December 10th, 2014 at 9:11 am

      It really is. Butter is the best! And, I think it knows that. Thanks, Liz!

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    Odelle Smith (U.K.) — December 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Grandmom knows best….
    Traditional recipes like this are so good, especially passed down through the Generations, makes them meaningful, with Christmas time we remember our loved one’s that are no longer with us even more-so, not that we ever forget them throughout the year either…
    Their memory shall always remain with us forever, in the love that we have in our Hearts!
    What a wonderful inspiration this ‘Special Grandmom’ must have been in your lives to you all, how proud she would be…
    This is an excellent way of ‘Celebrating’ your Grandmoms Life by sharing this beautiful recipe, I’m feeling extremely fortunate to be able to have this post & hope that I can make them a little bit as well as this lovely Lady did…
    They sound delicious, Butter & Pecans in them, they’re both favorite’s of mine, so they’ve got to be good…
    I’m going to make a double batch & give some away to my family, friends & neighbors-if they last that long!
    Many thanks for a great traditional recipe, thinking of you & yours, wishing you well.
    Kindest regards,
    Odelle Smith. U.K.

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    Linda — December 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Holiday Best is a collection of everyone’s best recipes for holiday baking/cooking or crafts. This recipe and several others would be perfect.
    Feel free to come back and post as many as you like.

    Here’s the link.
    http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/holidaybest/

    Best wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I have so many cookie recipes bookmarked it’s CUHRAAAAZY. But sometimes family recipes are the best! Love that these are your grandmom’s-they look classic and perfect!

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — December 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I believe there’s a typo in your post — you say the holidays are made *for* butter… don’t you mean *of* butter? Wait, maybe that’s just the holidays at my family’s house.

    Can I tell you how much I love pecan sandies? I have the fondest memories of my mom bringing home a package of them (this was a very special occasion, once in a blue moon, when she would give in at the store and buy them) and I coveted every single one of them I could get my hands on. You would think I make them all the time now that I’m an adult who knows how to operate an oven. But I don’t. In fact, I have never made them. Ever. THIS MUST CHANGE. (Thank you for teaching me the ways of pecan sandie perfection.)

    Also also, congrats on being featured on VRAI! Love them!

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