Anyone that loves Pecan Pie, will go crazy over these Pecan Pie Cookies. They are rich and decadent with luscious pecan pie filling on top.

Pecan pie cookies spread out on counter.
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This easy Pecan Pie Cookie Recipe is loaded with chopped pecans and gooey filling on top of soft sugar cookies. It starts with a premade cookie dough making this cookie recipe so easy. We love Pecan Desserts.

We love Pecan Pie and Sugar Cookies but these cookies are another delicious way to enjoy pecan flavor. The rich flavor of pecan pie is so yummy in these cookies.

Another family favorite is Butter Pecan Cookies. You might also love Butterscotch Pecan Pie Recipe, Pecan Pie Bars and Paula Deen Pecan Pie Recipe.

Why You Will Love Pecan Pie Cookies

  • All the flavor of pecan pie without the work.
  • Easy to make with premade sugar cookie dough.
  • Perfect for parties but easy enough for any day of the week.

Ingredients

Ingredients for pecan pie cookies - cookie dough, brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, whipped cream.

Cookies

  • Premade Sugar Cookie Dough. This makes the recipe so easy!

Pecan Filling

  • Brown Sugar. Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe is great in this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla extract is best.
  • Pecans. Chopped into small pieces.

For Serving

Get the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the page.

Variations

  • Pie Crust. You can use pie crust in the mini muffin tins instead of cookies. Just note that it will not have the cookie taste and be more like mini pies.
  • Homemade Sugar Cookies. Instead of store bought sugar cookies, feel free to make homemade sugar cookies if desired.
  • Toppings. Whipped cream is delicious on top. It is also good with caramel sauce drizzled on top. If you are feeling decadent, add ice cream to the cookies.

How to Make Pecan Pie Cookies

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven and prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then spray 2 muffin tins with cooking spray. 
Cookie dough pressed into muffin pan.

Step 2. Form the dough balls. Shape dough into even size balls.  Place one of the balls in each of the muffin pans and use your thumb to press down in the center. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Pecan pie mixture in bowl.

Step 3. While the cookies are baking, mix together the pecan filling ingredients in a mixing bowl.  

Filling added to each tin.

Step 4. Remove the cookies from the oven.  Use a wooden spoon to re-shape the indentions if needed.  Then place pecan mixture into each sugar cookie base.  

Cookies baked and cooling in pan.

Step 5. Bake until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack and remove from pan. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Pecan pie cookies spread out on a platter.

Toppings

Expert Tips

  • Chopped Pecans. The cookies are small so it is best for the pecans to be chopped into small pieces. This will make each bite easier to manage.
  • Allow to cool and refrigerate. The cookies need to cool completely and be refrigerated before removing from the muffin tins.

Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.  Separate the cookies with parchment paper so they do not stick to each other.

I like the cookies at room temperature a few minutes before serving but that is personal preference.

Freeze the cookies up to 1 month. Place inside a freezer container and use wax paper in between the layers. When ready to serve, allow to thaw overnight in the fridge.

Whichever option you use, the cookies need to be completely cool before storing. It is very important to ensure the texture of the cookies remain intact.

Freezing the cookies is the perfect way to extend their shelf life without much work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to use pie crust or cookie dough?

If you want to make actual cookies, sugar cookie dough is best. However, if you simply want to make mini pies, pie crust is fine to use.

Can these cookies be made in advance?

Yes, make the cookies in advance to save time. However, I do not recommend more than the day before you plan to serve them. The cookie will become soft due to the filling.

This recipe is a keeper, and we love to make it often. It’s your turn to try it! Please leave a comment once you do.

Pecan Pie Cookies

4.80 from 5 votes
Anyone that loves Pecan Pie, will go crazy over these Pecan Pie Cookies. They are rich and decadent with luscious pecan pie filling on top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 152

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 16.5 ounces Premade Sugar Cookie Dough

For the Pecan Filling:

For Serving:

  • Whipped Cream optional
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray 2 muffin tins heavily with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Shape the sugar cookie dough into even size balls (1 ½ inches).  Place one of the balls in each muffin tin and use your thumb to make an indention in the center of each ball.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While the cookies are baking, mix together the pecan filling ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven.  Use a wooden spoon to re-shape the indentions in the cookies if needed.  Then place approximately 1 tablespoon of the pecan mixture into each cookie cup.
  • Bake for 8-10 more minutes until the edges of the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool at room temperature for 10 minutes.  Then chill them in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes so that they can fully set.
  • Run a knife around the edge of each cookie to gently remove them from the muffin tins.  Then they are ready to serve, topped with whipped cream and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 152kcal, Carbohydrates 19g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.001g, Cholesterol 9mg, Sodium 62mg, Potassium 61mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 21IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 10mg, Iron 1mg

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