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Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

These pecan pie cookies have the delicious taste of a traditionally pecan pie, in a small size, without all the calories.

My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.

He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on the table for the holidays might be just a bit more than he can resist.

Drum roll please! Enter my recipe for pecan pie cookies!Plate and bowl of cookies with pecans and words reading Pecan Pie Cookies.

These pecan pie cookies are the perfect choice for your next cookie swap, or to add to your holiday dessert table.

I love making cookies this time of the year for cookie swaps. Another great Christmas cookie recipe is the one for lemon snowball cookies. They bring out the holiday spirit just like these pecan pie cookies do.

These delicious pecan pie cookies have all the flavor of a pecan pie in a more manageable size.  I can have just one or two out for him to enjoy without tempting him to eat that whole pie.pecan cookies in a blue bowl with red ribbon and loose pecans.

The cookies are amazing.  They have the delicious flavor of the sweet, caramel-y, pecan filling and instead of a cookie base, I make them with flaky pastry!

The best of both cookie and pie worlds, and hubby won’t feel as though he is cutting back at all.  They give the feeling of mini sized scrumptious individual pecan pies.

Just like all of you, I am so busy this time of the year, so making these cookies instead of going whole hog on making pie crusts and every thing else that goes into a pecan pie appeals to me.  

They are super easy to make and so, so good.Stacked pecan pie cookies and cookies in a blue bowl.

And to make life even better in the waistline department, I am using my favorite brown sugar substitute – Splenda’s No Calorie Brown Sugar Blend. 

This delicious substitute for brown sugar keeps all the flavor in my cookies but cuts down dramatically on the calories.  It’s a win- win!  Add this to pecans, eggs, pie crust, baking chocolate and corn syrup and you have a match made in pecan pie heaven.Splenda, eggs, cookie dough, pecans, chocolate and dark corn syrup..

These cookies could not be easier to make. Start by making your filling on the stove over a low heat and be sure to stir slowly.  You will want it to be about the consistency of pudding when it is made so that it will be easy to spoon into the pie-cookies.Eggs, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a pan with a blue silicone spoon.

Roll out your dough (I used a store bought dough to save time, but home made is fine too.)  

Cut 3″ circles from the dough and crimp up the edges about 1/4″ to resemble small pies.  Spoon in the prepared pecan/brown sugar filling.  I used a cookie cutter with a crimped edge.Rolling pin, cookie dough and plastic cookie cutter on a silicone mat.

COOKING TIP:  I found that the store bought dough was rolled very thin and these cookies need a bit more thickness, so I just folded it back together and then rolled it out again a little thicker. 1/4″ was a good size to hold the filling.

And another tip.  Don’t fill the cookie bases too full.  The filling will spread while you cook and can make a mess.  1 tablespoon is really all that is needed.  (don’t ask me how I know this.  LOL)Cookie dough on a silicone mat with pecan pie filling.

I used a silicone baking mat to cook my pecan pie cookies. These mats are wonderful for a dessert like this that is a bit sticky. The mats make perfect cookies every time with no sticking and no over browning of the edges.

When done, let the cookies rest on a wire rack. I know, I know….you’ll be tempted to just gobble one up right way, but that filling will be hot and will need a rest.

Ooey, gooey, pecan pie mini cookies with the wonderful taste of brown sugar.  So tasty.  Perfect for a husband who loves pecan pie but wants to watch his portion control too.

The pecan pie cookies have an easy to make chocolate drizzle.  I just melted good quality semi sweet chocolate in the microwave and placed it in a zip lock baggie with the tip cut off and then drizzled it over the cookies when they had rested a bit.

Pecan pie cookies cooling on a wire rack.

The cookies remind me of Turtle candies, pecan pie and cookies all rolled up into one delicious bite.  

The filling is sweet and decadent with a crunch from the pecans and the bottom of the cookie is flaky like a pie crust.   These pecan pie cookies are sure to become the hit of your holiday dessert table.

Pecan pie cookies on a checked plate and bowl of cookies.

Pin these pecan pie cookies for later

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for my pecan pie Christmas cookies? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Cookie dough and baked cookies on a rack with words pecan pie cookies.

What is your husband’s favorite holiday treat?  Please let me know in the comments below.

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Pecan Pie Cookies - A Holiday Treat

Pecan Pie Cookies - A Holiday Treat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 prepared single pie crust - you can use either home made or store bought. I purchased mine to save on time. If you use a store bought one, roll it out again to 1/4" thickness
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • To decorate:
  • ¼ cup good quality semi sweet baking chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375º F.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, pecans, brown sugar blend, corn syrup, salt and eggs. Cook on the stove top over medium ­low heat just everything has combined and it is just starting to get thickened - about the consistency of butterscotch pudding.
  3. Remove from heat and set this mixture aside.
  4. Unroll your pie crust dough and cut out circles using a 3" cookie cutter. Gently fold about 1/4" up on the edges to form the shape of little pies and make sure the base is about 1/4" thick.
  5. Spoon just 1 tablespoon of the pecan mixture into each circle. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the filling is just set and the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Place the baking chocolate pieces in a small microwave safe bowl and heat about 15 seconds or until melted. Add the melted chocolate to a zip lock bag. Snip off a tiny corner of the baggie and drizzle chocolate over the cookies. Cool until set. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Veronica Shelby

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Hello. Do you pre cook the pie crust?

Carol

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Hi Veronica, No, they are made just like normal cookies and cooked after the filling is spooned on top. Carol

Lisa

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

How much brown sugar blend? It's missing on recipe! Thank u!

Carol

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

Hi Lisa Thanks so much for alerting me to my missing ingredient! It's 1/3 cup of brown sugar blend. I've added it to the recipe now. Carol

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