Pecan Pie Cookies

With a flakey crust and sweet nutty pecan filling Pecan Pie Cookies are like tiny pies, but bite-sized and easy to make! With a flakey crust and sweet nutty pecan filling Pecan Pie Cookies are like tiny pies, but bite-sized and easy to make! 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with 2020 #ChristmasCookies Week (see the great prizes and recipes below!). I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of these recipes. All opinions are mine.

I love the Pecan Pie Cookies featured today–and they always take me back to my first real job.  Yes, your first grown-up job is always special.  You get some real responsibilities, start to support yourself and no one checks to make sure you didn’t oversleep!  

But for me, it was special in a surprising way. Whenever we had celebratory food days (especially at Christmas), people didn’t go the grocery for a deli tray, they made something unique. As a result, I came away with a ton of great recipes! Including these Pecan Pie Cookies. 

It was a fringe I never expected. With a flakey crust and sweet nutty pecan filling Pecan Pie Cookies are like tiny pies, but bite-sized and easy to make! 

I still remember tasting the cookies, like little pecan pies—and how much I loved them! But I figured they had to be hard to make. In my 23-year-old brain, pie was hard, and these were beautifully flakey like pie, so…  

I asked for the recipe anyway and was amazed. You simply mix up the crust ingredients any old way and press into mini-muffin cups. How easy is that!

And when I tried them, success was truly that simple.

I guess it’s only fair that some parts of grownup-ing are easy! They’ve been a tradition ever since.

Now, the pecans in this recipe came from a family run business called Millican Pecans. I learned of the company for a spring baking promotion and have been buying from them ever since. Halves, ground, pralines, oil, pecan butter… all yum! Yes, I bought so much this summer, they even sent me a thank you note!  If this looks like something you’d like to try, check out the giveaway below!

I’m also baking pecan fingers on Friday so stay tuned. Yes, pecans make for the best holidays!

Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies

Yield: 24

With a flakey crust and sweet nutty pecan filling Pecan Pie Cookies are like tiny pies, but bite-sized and easy to make!  



  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 ounces cream cheese


  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla


Mix crust ingredients and shape into 24 balls. Press each into the cup of a mini-muffin pan, working upwards to form a cup.

Mix filling ingredients. Put about 1 teaspoon into each cup, filling about ¾ full.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until edge is slightly browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.

Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.

Monday Christmas Cookie Recipes

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Assorted Pecan goodies in a tin.

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

Adams Extract Logo

 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.

Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

Established in the 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats

Sweets & Treats Logo

Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 

Four (4) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #ChristmasCookies bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway open to US Residents only who are 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookies posts or entry.


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28 thoughts on “Pecan Pie Cookies

  1. Raymund

    This is so festive, perfect for the coming Christmas season. Definitely will keep this one and make it near that day. Thanks!

  2. Jolene

    My guys can’t have tree nuts and this looks like the perfect way that I can try pecan pie and then share the rest with other family!

    1. Inger Post author

      If you ever want to reduce the size of a pie Jolene, there is a 6 inch anchor hocking pie dish that first pretty much exactly 1/3 of a full pie recipe. That’s how I’m getting my pie variety this year!

    1. Inger Post author

      I still plan to do both but this made me realize that for the big crust lovers, these would be perfect!

    1. Inger Post author

      You know the actual name when I got this was “Nut-filled Cookies” but I wanted it as descriptive as possible for everyone skimming through zillions of internet recipes 🙂

  3. Anne

    Not sure where you leave a comment about a favorite Christmas cookie for your contest, but mine is a snowball cookie with peppermint candy cane filling and dark chocolate topping.

    I plan to make your pecan cookies. Years ago my sister’s in-law made these and I loved them. Have not had them in forever and a day. Can’t wait to make your version and nice story about making them!

  4. Rebecca

    Pecan Pie has always been my favorite and I can’t wait to try these bite size cookies. So cute and fun.

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Heather! They really are practical in the year of smaller holidays. Not that that’s going to stop me from making a pecan pie 🙂

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