My dad has always loved these cookies! Pecan Sandies are a such classic and I had totally forgotten about them until I ran across my mom's recipe. Buttery, pecan goodness- the cookies just melt in your mouth! Making them brought back a lot of memories... I know I keep saying this but cooking with your kids and sharing treasured family recipes creates memories that will last forever. This is a great batter to mix up and keep in the fridge or freezer. Just slice and bake as needed!
OLD FASHIONED PECAN SANDIES
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 19-22 minutes
Yield: 3-4 dozen, depending on size
2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (4 sticks / 1 pound of butter)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Before you start, know this is a dense dough. If it is crumbly, do not be tempted to add more liquid or butter. Use your hands to shape it; mold it into a log and chill. It WILL turn out.
Cream butter and granulated sugar together for 3 minutes on medium speed of your mixer. Reduce speed. Gradually add the Confectioners sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Increase the speed to medium and add the water and the vanilla and beat well. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour. Turn off the mixer and remove from the stand. Fold in the pecans. Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap. (the dough may be crumbly; don't worry) Shape the dough with your hands and roll into a log. Chill for at least one hour.
Slice into discs. Put them onto the prepared sheet about 2” apart. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-17 minutes or until bottom of the cookie is golden. Don't allow it to brown; you simply want the edges to color. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with more Confectioners sugar, if desired.