It’s Cookie Time Y’all!

Noeleen’s Nutella Thumb Buttons and various cookies from D’Amato’s Bakery, courtesy of Dan and Yasmin.Thanks Y’all!

Holiday cookies are my favorite tradition. I heart them so. I heart all cookies. I’m pretty sure if I were a muppet, Cookie Monster and I would be getting busy down on Sesame Street. It’s not like I have a thing for furry blue monsters, it’s just a cookie thing. 
Don’t judge.
At least, don’t judge me until you tasted these cookies. I’m talking about my Grandnanna’s Pecan Sandies. They are nothing short of magnificent. 
The best part about them is that Grandnanna’s recipe (like a lot of her recipes) is done in parts. This means you can adjust it as small or as big as you want. It also means they come out slightly different every time, but somehow, they always turn out AMAZING. The formula is guaranteed. Good for making a quick snack or feeding a whole boy scout jamboree.

 Grandnanna’s Pecan Sandies 

  • 1 part butter
  • 1 part powdered sugar
  • 1 part pecans
  • 2 part flour
  • 1 spoon vanilla
  • 1/2 spoon salt
  • ½ dash of cayenne pepper

  • Combine butter, half the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix with a beater til fluffy like ponds cold cream (that’s a direct quote)
  • Add flour, salt and barely mix until blended.
  • Taste the dough, adjust as needed.
  • Shape into 3 logs and put in fridge for one hour to overnight.
  • Slice the dough into ¼” slices and shape into crescents.
  • Bake cookies at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove cookies from the baking sheet immediately and roll them in the remaining powdered sugar.
  • Eat and enjoy!

*Note: this is a no-fail base dough. You can add jam or dip in chocolate or any number of other amazing things. Have fun. Your welcome.

*Note: Pecan is pronounced PEEcan, rhymes with he can or we can. If you pronounce it  peKAHN you’re doing it wrong and the wrath of the nut is inevitable. If your cookies come out poorly, don’t look at me. It was your fault and all those years of saying that poor little nut’s name wrong.

So, before I begin my cookie baking extravaganza this weekend, I wanted to ask; anyone out there have another good recipe written in parts (as opposed to cups and teaspoons)? 
I know there are folks out there who scoff at the flagrant inaccuracy of recipes written without exact measurements, but then those folks taste these cookies and shut the hell up. These cookies are that good. Some recipes stand the test of time! 
Anyone out there have some pointers to share? I’m all ears  🙂


  1. says

    Those look so yummy…and strikingly similar to my mother’s Christmas Horns! I have such a hard time with recipes in parts. It just confuses me…for example, how do you equate one part of butter to one part of sugar?

    I digress…maybe someday I’ll get over my fear and try your grandnanna’s cookies..they sound divine!

  2. says

    Hootiest recipe post ever. Me can make this! And me is going to! Thanks again, Peaches, I needed that laugh today.

  3. says

    PartyMom – lol! what’s confusing? “1 part” means “fill in measurement here” so 1 part could be 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 2 cups, whatever you like depending on how much you want to make. let’s say you choose to choose 1 part to equal 2 cups because you want to make a TON of these cookies. then you’d use 2 cups butter, sugar, and pecans, but use 4 cups flour b/c it calls for 2 parts flour, so you double it. got it? good.

  4. says

    Your photo has me droooooooling. When cookies (bickies!) are done well, they are my most favourite treat of all. Thanks for sharing your Grandnanna’s recipe (I love that she’s known as “Grandnanna” – perfect). Don’t you love how blogging let’s us in on all sorts of family goodies passed down!? Magic!! x

  5. says

    OMG, they look sooo great, could you send some with Shelly and have her run them across the street LOL!


  6. says

    OMG, I loove crescent moon cookies and all of these look so delicious! Thank you thank you for sharing this recipe, I am making it for sure!

    xo Mary Jo

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