Chewy Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

My plan was to find a recipe that would give me a soft, chewy pecan cookie.  Not only did I find the perfect recipe but I found so much more.  

Years ago I had a Maraschino Pecan Cookie that was out of this world.  Over the next few years I spent many hours trying to find a recipe to recreate that wonderful cookie.  I finally gave up and honestly had almost forgotten about it.  That is, until I took my first bite of these Chewy Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies.  This is it!!  All I have  to do to get the cookies from my past is add maraschino cherries and voila!!  No, I haven’t tried adding the cherries yet, and this recipe isn’t about the cherries, but I just can’t contain my excitement!   
These little gems are habit forming, you will not be able to eat just one!  Remove them when they start to brown around the edges.  They should be puffy when you take them out of the oven and as they cool they will flatten slightly.   By the time they are cool they are perfection!
Chewy Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 c. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 2½ c. all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 c. finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix just until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  3. Drop by heaping tablespoonful onto parchment lined pan. Bake for 8 - 12 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. Remove from pan to a cooling rack and cool completely.
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