These pecan praline cookies are chock full of crunchy, caramelized pecans. The perfect cookie for the holidays, or anytime of the year if you are a true pecan lover. Package these cookies up in a box, tie on a ribbon and you have the holiday surprise for your friends and neighbors.

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The star in these pecan praline cookies is the sugary, nutty crunch when you bite into them! The process to caramelize the pecans is simple and no candy thermometer is needed. Be sure to prep your work area with all the ingredients and tools you need prior to boiling the sugar. You will need: a heat resistant spatula, chopped pecans and a Silpat or cookie sheets to cool the nuts. Please be cautious when boiling the sugar as hot sugar can cause severe burns.


  • I prefer unbleached flour in all of my creations. It will provide more structure in your baked goods as it has a denser texture than bleached flour. I highly recommend King Arthur products such as their flours, spices, baking powder and sodas, etc…
  • Bring your eggs and butter to room temperature before beginning this recipe. Your ingredients will combine easier and you won’t have that curdled look after adding the eggs to your creamed butter/sugar mixture.
  • Chop your nuts prior to creating the dough for the pecan praline cookies. This will ensure all your pecans are coated with the caramel.
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Caramelize the pecans:

  • Complete the process of caramelizing the pecans prior to mixing the cookie dough. At least 20 minutes is required for the pecans to cool.
  • Start by adding 66 grams (1/3 cups) of granulated sugar to a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and stir to combine taking care not to get sugar on the side of the pan.
  • Heat the sugar/water mixture over medium heat and stir gently and constantly. The mixture will begin to boil. Keep an eye on it and as soon as it turns an amber color, remove the pan from the heat, stir in the pecans and spread the pecans on a heat resistant mat. Allow to cool completely before chopping into small pieces.
boiling sugar in saucepan

These pecan praline cookies will freeze well so keep a few extra in the freezer – your family and visitors will thank you when you pull a few out to defrost!

row of pecans for praline cookies

I hope you enjoy these Pecan Praline Cookies!

Pecan Cookie Recipe

Pecan Praline Cookies

This pecan cookie is chock full of crunchy caramelized pecans and a perfect cookie for the holidays, or anytime of the year if you are a true pecan lover.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24



Pecan Praline


  • 300 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 ½ Cups)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 213 Grams Brown Sugar (1 Cup)
  • 100 Grams Ganulated Sugar (½ Cup)
  • 227 Grams Butter, room temperature (8 ounces or 2 sticks)
  • 2 Large Egg, room temperature


Pecan Praline

  • In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the 2 tablespoons water and 66 grams (⅓ cup) granulated sugar.
  • Stirring constantly, cook the water/sugar mixture until it starts to boil and begins to turn an amber color.
  • Immediately remove from the heat once the mixture turns an amber color and carefully stir in the pecans.
  • Very carefully pour the praline mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet or silpat. Let cool completely.
  • Chop the praline into small pieces and set aside for adding to cookie dough.


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt.
  • Using a stand-mixer with the paddle attachment, begin creaming the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (approximately 2 – 4 minutes on medium speed). Scrape the bowl as needed.
  • Add the eggs and mix on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Remove bowl from the stand mixer and fold the pecan praline into the dough so it is evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheets using a small cookie scooper (approximately 1 ½ tablespoon per cookie). Leave approximately 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  • Bake cookies for 12 – 15 minutes or until the tops and edges are a pale golden color.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. 


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  1. laura


    These sound so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I take the time and make some.

  2. Michelle Latinovich


    OK…you got me at caramelized pecans…yum! I have already pinned this to add to my holiday baking list! I also want to say thank you because as much as I bake, I really never paid attention to the different types of flour. I knew there was a difference but never took the time to understand why! It is good to know that unbleached flour helps baked goods hold their structure!

  3. Sharon


    Thanks so much for this. I have been looking for a recipe like this one. My mouth is already watering. I can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Akansha


    5 stars
    Bookmarked this one. I feel like my recipe list is growing and growing, and I’m getting nothing done, lol. These are so good I want to jump straight to the outcome and skip the process. But cooking can be so therapeutic. Need to start doing more of it.
    Thank you for this lovely recipe. 😀

  5. Gloria Duggan


    5 stars
    My daughter loves praline ice cream. I am going to make some of these cookies for her. I know they will be a hit.

  6. Susan


    I love both praline pecans and cookies, so I can’t wait to try this one! This looks delicious!

  7. Christine


    Wow! Looks yummy. We are a big fan of praline at home, so the recipe is sure to please. Thanks for sharing.

  8. tiannaskitchen


    5 stars
    I love candied pecans and now mix that with a cookie and that’s sounds like perfect match



    I ‘d like to try preparing these cookies one of these weekends! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Debra


    5 stars
    Delicious…what a fabulous holiday tradition. Will be making these every year from now on.

  11. Jean


    5 stars
    These turned out amazing. My kids devoured in one afternoon. I will make again soon.

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