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Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

  • Servings:

    Makes 42 cookies as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    20 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    20 minutes


16 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cups (11 oz.) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Brown Butter Pecan Cookies


1. Heat 8 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium-high, stirring frequently, until butter smells nutty and solids are deeply browned, about 5 minutes. Immediately scrape butter and solids into a large heatproof bowl, then refrigerate until just solid, about 45 minutes.
2. Center a rack in oven and heat to 350 degrees.
3. Add remaining 8 tablespoons butter, the water, and vanilla to bowl with chilled brown butter and whisk until light and fluffy, then whisk in 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and the salt until well combined. Gently stir in flour, then fold in pecans.
4. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and place 1/2" apart on a baking sheet. Bake until cookies are set but still pale, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating halfway through.
5. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then gently roll in remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar and cool completely on a wire rack (do not discard sugar). Once fully cool, toss cookies once more in the confectioners' sugar.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, December 2020


Nutritional Facts
Servings Makes 42 cookies
Base Nutrients
Calories 90 kcal (5%)
Calories from Fat 54 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 6 g (9%)
Saturated Fat 3 g (15%)
Cholesterol 10 mg (3%)
Sodium 15 mg (1%)
Total Carbohydrates 8 g (3%)
Dietary Fiber 0 g (0%)
Protein 1 g (2%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a