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These Butter Pecan Nuggets are small bites of buttery shortbread with a pecan half in the center of the dough. Topped off with a light glaze drizzle and some festive sprinkles, these are a great cookie to put out on your holiday cookie tray!

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Butter Pecan Nuggets

Butter Pecan Nuggets are a winner recipe and a long time favorite of mine! The buttery shortbread cookie dough has a toasted pecan hiding inside. I always put a roasted and salted pecan half just because I like the sweet/salty contrast!

Butter Pecan Nuggets

Drizzled with white frosting and decorated with blue and white sparkly sugars. Or, you could go with red and green for a different color scheme. In either case, these cookies are still delicious and festive!

Butter Pecan Nuggets

These cookies are really easy to put together and start out a bit different from your normal cookie recipe. It all starts in the saucepan! All of your ingredients except for the flour goes into the pan and cooked over the stove-top until the butter is melted and all ingredients have been combined.

Butter Pecan Nuggets

HOW DO YOU GET THE PECAN IN YOUR BUTTER PECAN NUGGETS?

These cookies are actually bite-sized (or maybe two bites!).  You will scoop about a tablespoon of dough from your pan and shape it around the pecan. You may need to squeeze the dough together (making a fist) to get it to stick together in the beginning, but don’t worry, it will come together. Then I shape it into a log shape for aesthetics!
Butter Pecan Nuggets
Once the cookies come out of the oven, you will want to move them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting them. It’s ok if you’re tempted to try a couple warm as this makes about 4 dozen cookies. So go ahead, taste away!
Glaze for Butter Pecan Nuggets

WHAT FLAVOR EXTRACT CAN YOU USE IN BUTTER PECAN NUGGETS GLAZE?

I simply use a clear vanilla extract. However, feel free to try other flavors! One that may complement this buttery cookie very well is a caramel flavor. It will tint the color or the icing a little but it would probably taste amazing!
Butter Pecan Nuggets

MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THESE TIPS BELOW FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUTTER PECAN NUGGET RECIPE!

  • Watch the sugar/butter mixture carefully while on the cooktop. You don’t want this to start boiling, just bring it to melting temperature.
  • Gradually add the flour to your sugar mixture. Adding it all at once will make it difficult to combine.
  • When wrapping the pecan in the dough, you may need to squeeze the dough in your fist to compress it. 
  • Cool the nuggets completely before drizzling with icing
  • Bonus tip! To reduce your mess when drizzling with icing, be sure to do so on a cooling rack with some parchment paper underneath the rack to catch any icing drips!

Butter Pecan Nuggets

The only hard thing about this recipe, besides wanting to eat one after another, is deciding which colored sprinkles you like best. Do you want the blue and white, or the red and green? Oh, decisions can sometimes be so difficult!

Butter Pecan Nuggets

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Butter Pecan Nuggets

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Yield: 4 dozen

Butter Pecan Nuggets

Butter Pecan Nuggets

These Butter Pecan Nuggets are small bites of buttery shortbread with a pecan half in the center of the dough. Topped off with a light glaze drizzle and some festive sprinkles, these are a great cookie to put out on your holiday cookie tray!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 4-5 teaspoons milk
  • colored sugars

Instructions

Spread pecans in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Toast in a 325 oven for about 12 minutes or til golden. Remove and cool.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Heat and stir til butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool.

Stir in flour til well mixed. Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Press a toasted pecan half into each ball and enclose nut in dough to form an oval. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or til done. Remove and cool.

Stir together powdered sugar, clear vanilla and enough milk to make of drizzling consistency. Place frosting in decorating bag and cut at the very tip to make a small hole. Drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170 Total Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 20mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Protein: 2g
Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.
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