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These little Pecan Puffs are delicate little cookies that just melt in your mouth. They are buttery, bite-size, and the perfect addition to your holiday cookie list.

Every December I make several different kinds of cookies. I keep certain ones as a definite keeper on my list but always add something new, too. This year, these Pecan Puffs were the newbies and will now be added to the keeper list.

They are so easy to make and are a great addition to a cookie exchange or a holiday gathering. I think what I like the most about these little decadent balls is that they are bite-size. That means that you can keep a plate of them out on your counter and every time you pass by, grab one and plop it in your mouth. No one will be the wiser. 😉

If you haven’t tried these, make them this Christmas. You will see what I mean about how easy they are to make and I’m sure you will want to add these to your “keeper” cookie list, too. Or maybe you already make these and if you do, how do you make yours?

pecan puff cookies on plate with blue napkin

Pecan Puffs

Vanessa Brewer
These little melt in your mouth cookies are a must for the holidays. They are bite-sized, buttery, with small bits of pecans throughout their crumbly texture.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (toasted is optional)
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or less)
  • additional powdered sugar for rolling


  • Prep! Gather all your ingredients and measure them.
    pecan puff recipe ingredients
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  • In a small pan, lightly toast the finely chopped pecan pieces. This will help to bring out the flavors of the nut.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth and light with a mixer. Add vanilla, sugar, and pecans.
  • Carefully, add the flour a little bit at a time and blend until incorporated.
    pecan puff dough
  • Roll cherry size balls with your hands and place on a prepared cookie sheet. You can grease it with non cooking spray or use parchment paper.
  • Allow to cool and then roll them in the powdered sugar one more time.
  • Enjoy!


I always lightly toast any sort of nut that I’m baking with.  It helps to bring out the flavors of the nut.  
Keyword cookies, holidays, pecans

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