Pecan Pie Cookies

With a flaky 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. 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

With a flaky crust and sweet nutty pecan filling Pecan Pie Cookies are like tiny pies, but bite-sized and easy to make!  
Author: Inger
5 from 1 vote
Course Cookies & Candies
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 126 kcal



  • 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.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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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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