Homemade Cookies: Pecan Sandies

Homemade cookies: pecan sandies

These homemade cookies are another favorite with my family. In fact, my kids practically grew up with pecan sandies. They’re really shortbread cookies, made with lots of butter. In the South, some folks call pecan sandies “sand balls,” I suppose because they’re cookies with powdered sugar on the outside. The cookie dough can be shaped into balls, fingers, or oblongs.

Holle’s Pecan Sandies Cookies recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½  cups chopped pecans

Directions: Cream butter, one cup powdered sugar, water, and vanilla together.

Add flour gradually. Mix in cinnamon and nuts.

Cover and refrigerate until firm.

Shape into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake cookies for about 22 minutes at 300 degrees. Pecan sandies should be light in color.

When cookies have cooled sufficiently, roll in powdered sugar.