The Butterscotch Pecan Sandy that Rocked Me Like a Hurricane

I don’t know why, but something this week just made me crave a pecan sandy. I don’t know why. It was like the word “sandy” was implanted in my brain somehow, you know, an Inception kind of thing. I went to the boards and found a really interesting recipe on the boards that also used butterscotch, so I could not resist it. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

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3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 cups butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. In a large micing bowl cream butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla on medium speed until light. Beat in egg until fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add flour one cup at a time, just until combined. Stir in pecans and butterscotch chips.

With a small scoop or 2 teaspoons, form small balls of dough less than one inch in diameter. Place on baking sheet, allowing 2 inches between cookies. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass to about 1/4 inch in height. Bake fro 8-10 minutes until brown around edged, but tops are still pale. Transfer to racks to cool. Store in airtight container.

Note: The original recipes yeilds 9 dozen 1 1/2 inch cookies. I made just shy of 5 dozen 2 1/4 in cookies.


First I assembled the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Then I creamed the butter together with the sugar, salt and vanilla,

and added the egg.

Next, the flour was added to the mixing bowl.

And finally, the chopped pecans (I used a food processor to chop them) and a bag of butterscotch chips.

From there, the dough was rolled into tablespoon sized balls

and flattened. I used my hands because they stuck to the bottom of the glass I tried to use.

They baked in the oven for eight minutes, until they were perfectly done.

The best pecan sandies I have every had. Ever. And they were so easy to make! They are the pecan sandies of the century.

Now I’ve got Inception inceptioned into my brain…