Pecan Praline Cookies

by Kathy Strahs on October 26, 2009 · 8 comments

Pecan Praline Cookies

Do you have a “baking buddy”?  Mine is my friend Gillian. Since we both love to bake more than we can (reasonably) consume in our respective households we’ve developed this fun tradition of exchanging baked goods via our husbands, who work out together at the gym every week. My favorite items that she sends are some amazing banana muffins with pecan halves on top. Those little pecan halves always seem to make the muffins extra special and inviting. So when I saw the recipe for these melt-in-your-mouth Pecan Praline Cookies – complete with pecan halves as toppers – I knew I wanted to make them. And I made sure to send over a dozen to Gillian too.

No eggs, no leavening agents – these cookies owe their rich flavor and light texture largely to good ol’ butter and brown sugar, much like a traditional New Orleans praline. With delicately crisp edges and a slightly chewy center, they’re the kind of cookies that you want to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea. And do yourself a favor and have someone in mind to share them with before you start baking, as the temptation to overindulge in these cookies is very great!

Pecan Praline Cookies

Pecan Praline Cookies
From the Praline Cookies recipe on the back of the Ralph’s Pecan Halves package

Makes approx. 3-1/2 dozen


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pecan halves


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cream together butter or margarine, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Mix well. Chill dough 30 minutes.

Form dough into 1-inch diameter round balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Place a pecan half in the center of each ball. Press down lightly. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 26, 2009 at 4:24 AM

What a great idea, a baking buddy. I think if I had one, I might actually bake more than once or twice a year!
.-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Cashews (Recipe: Muhammara, a pomegranate, pepper and nut spread) =-.


kirbie October 26, 2009 at 10:36 PM

These look so pretty and delicious. I love pecans. And it looks very simple to make. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks!


federica October 27, 2009 at 10:46 AM

deliziosi e bellissimi!
.-= federica´s last blog ..Frollini alla farina di castagne =-.


Cookie October 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM

What a simple and yummy recipe! My mom LOVES Pecan Praline so I’ll have to bake these for her soon. I love the fact that the holidays are coming up so I can bake up a storm!
.-= Cookie´s last blog ..Finally a Post about Workout! =-.


Jennifer October 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM

These are the Christmas cookies my Grandma used to make!! Thanks for reminding me!


Karine October 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Your cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂


marguerite October 28, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Yum! Those look so good!!!
.-= marguerite´s last blog ..Roasted Rosemary Butternut Squash Penne =-.


ALICIA October 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

These look delicious!! I would love to try a cookie thats not chocolate chip! haha. Thanks for sharing! They look great! 🙂


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