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Pecan Cut-Out Cookies


Pecan Cutout Cookies are the perfect treat for the holidays! Forget the regular sugar cookies!

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  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Servings 48
Preparation time 35mins
Cooking time 45mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place pecans and 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor; process until pecans are finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.

Stir flour and remaining sugar into pecan mixture; cut in butter until crumbly. Transfer mixture to a clean work surface; knead gently to form a smooth dough, about 2 minutes. (Mixture will be very crumbly at first, but will come together and form a dough as it's kneaded.) Divide dough in half.

On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, mix vanilla sugar ingredients until blended.

Dip warm cookies in vanilla sugar to coat; cool completely on wire racks. Store in airtight containers.

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