Mom's Butter Pecan Cookie Recipe

Butter Pecan CookiesMom's Homemade Butter Pecan Cookies
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This homemade butter pecan cookie recipe brings back fond memories. When I was a young boy, the McIlmoyle Family held large family reunions attended by all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. You could always count on large platters of wonderful picnic-style food and plenty of delicious desserts — all homemade.

We stuffed ourselves with frosted layer cakes, pies, chewy chocolate brownies, jellied fruit salads, cinnamon rolls, and trays of cookies. Yeah, there was a large main course, but we kids had only eyes for the desserts. The old fashioned cookie recipe below will let you share the experience.

Mom's Butter Pecan Cookie Recipe

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McIlmoyle Family Reunion 1956McIlmoyle Family Reunion Group Photo in 1956
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The old time family reunions called for lots of good, homemade food, and every family contributed their share. Mom usually took a casserole, a plateful of fancy-cut sandwiches, and at least a couple of dessert items, including a tin of her delicious butter pecan cookies. Everybody loved them!

While the adults sat beneath the shady maple trees and caught up on the latest family news, we kids played games of tag or tossed a ball around, and longed for the eventual picnic supper served on a long row of tables. That's me at age 10, second on the right, next to my Dad in the photo below.

McIlmoyle Family Reunion 1956McIlmoyle Family Reunion Picnic Supper in 1956
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Give Mom's mouth-watering cookies a try. They're perfect for taking on family picnics and for serving on special occasions, or anytime. I know you'll love eating them too!


1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 cup cake flour, sifted
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Cream the butter, add vanilla, and sugar, and gradually beat till light. Sift flour with salt, then add to sugar mixture. Finally, add pecans and mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie pans. Flatten cookies with a fork and bake about 20 minutes in a 325°F oven.

Enjoy the butter pecan cookies!

Delicious Cookies!

Thank you for sharing your family's cookie recipe. The butter pecan cookies are delicious! —Anon.

Best Cookies Ever!!!

Best cookies I ever had. Shared to all of my classes. Thanks! Loved them! Hope you try them. —Anon.

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