recipe: pecan pie cookies

Okay y'all, so I'm totally cheating today and posting a recipe that I posted several years ago on Fun with the Fullwoods (our previous family blog). But I just can't stop thinking about these cookies and I saw them on Pinterest today, so I wanted to share!

You've heard of "comfort food"? Well I believe in comfort pie. And these, my friends, are comfort cookies. The best combination of cookie-meets-pie and melt-in-your-mouth-goodness.

They're also ridiculously easy, which you guys know I'm all about. The dough is Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, and there are only five other ingredients that you probably already have on hand. These cookies are the perfect treat for that holiday party coming up, Thanksgiving dessert table, or just to gobble up all on your own (I won't tell).

And if you have extra filling? Scoop yourself some ice cream and drizzle this sugary concoction over it. You're welcome.

You'll need:
1 tube refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I substituted 1/3 cup milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, and/or cloves – optional* (I used cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, stir pecans and brown sugar with spices, if using. Add in heavy cream and vanilla, mix until well combined.
Roll cookie dough into balls that are about 1.25″ in diameter, and place them on cookie sheets-leave about 2″ between the cookies.
Gently use thumb to press down in the middle of each cookie, making an indentation.
Roll thumb slightly to stretch the indentation out a little. Fill each indentation with 1 tsp of pecan filling.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.

*I didn't use parchment paper and found that leaving cookies on the cookie sheets for about 20 minutes after baking helped spatula them off in one piece; the filling weighs down the center of the cookies and after hardening, they're easier to transport.
recipe adapted from here


We're headed on a little road trip this weekend and I'm so excited! Stay tuned or follow me on Instagram (@brittfullwood) for pictures!
xo, Britt