Butter Pecan Nuggest

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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


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


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


  • 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


Butter Pecan Nuggets

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Butter Pecan Nuggest

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!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Pecan, Butter Pecan Cookies, Cookies, Holiday Baking, Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 dozen
Calories: 170kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

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Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Amanda December 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    oh Shelby, those are soooo pretty!!! I love them!

  2. Helene December 14, 2009 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Wow, another recipe to bookmark. I have never seen any blue sugar around here. Really helps decorating this cookie.

  3. Mags December 14, 2009 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh… those are so pretty!

  4. Katy ~ December 14, 2009 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Congratulations to the winners!

    And boy, everyone is a winner who has an opportunity to enjoy these beautiful cookies. Lots of WOW in these!

  5. Linda December 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Very pretty, HoneyB!

  6. CookiePie December 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Beautiful cookies!!!

  7. Barbara Bakes December 14, 2009 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Love the simple drizzle and pretty little sugars!

  8. Jessie December 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I just love the decoration along with the pretty sprinkles on the cookies. Congrats to the winners as well!

  9. teresa December 14, 2009 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    congrats to the winners! i LOVE those pretty little cookies, they look delicious!

  10. Tasty Eats At Home December 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I love the blue and white sparklies! Yum!

  11. averagebetty December 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    So pretty and I love the idea of a pecan hiding inside!

  12. Shirley December 15, 2009 at 4:42 am - Reply

    These sure look divine!

  13. Bellini Valli December 15, 2009 at 6:40 am - Reply

    These do look like a winner Shelby!!!

  14. Lori December 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    These look so delicious. I love how the sugar looks like jewels.

  15. Pam December 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Very yummy blog!

    Bee happy and enjoy!

  16. Robin Sue December 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I found the white and blue sugar alluring too. Makes it look so festive and shiny! All these treats you are making look so beautiful!

  17. Debbie December 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I was going to cut my baking down this year, but, now you show us these!
    what to do? what to do?
    (make them of course!)

  18. Cristine December 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    So pretty!

  19. Brad December 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Your recipe and pics are great, Thanks.

  20. Jamie December 16, 2009 at 4:00 am - Reply

    These are some pretty cookies. Looks lke a piece of art…food art! I would love some of those with my nightly cup of tea.

  21. Flourchild December 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I love a good butter cookie and thes look especially delicious! Im going to try your recipe this week!

  22. Ingrid January 3, 2010 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Yay! Congrats to me and thanks to you!

  23. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} November 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    These are such delicate & sweet cookies. Perfect with a cup of coffee & the upcoming winter holidays 🙂

  24. Megan November 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    What a pretty little cookie. They remind me of your snowflake cookies. They were that pretty blue too and I have not forgotten them!

  25. moderncomfortfood November 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    My extended family has a Christmas cookie bake and share party every year, and I'm definitely going to pick these as my 2010 contribution. I just love everything about these excellent cookies, Shelby. Beautiful!

  26. sarahworldcook February 2, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Came across you via StumbleUpon. Great recipe- very pretty. They look like they would be great with tea/coffee. I'm looking forward to checking your site out more.

  27. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai November 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I'm having a great time co-hosting The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Part & Giveaway. Thanks for linking up your tasty recipe! Stop back by the party and exchange more recipes. Pinned, Shared, and Tweeted… 🙂

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    I like the little surprise inside! I have to try these out soon!

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