Grandma Cochrane's Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe makes slightly sweet, cake-like cookies. They are rich from the figs and crunchy from the pecans! Scooped onto the baking sheet and baked to golden perfection, this recipe makes three dozen cookies. These are yummy dunked in milk and great with a cup of coffee!
Before I jump into telling you all about my Grandma's recipe for Pecan Sandies, I have a confession to make. We did not hike Half Dome last weekend. 🙁
It had a lot to do with the wildfires that are raging in the foothills approaching Yosemite. The road we use to access Yosemite have been closed. We would have to drive an additional two hours one way to get to Yosemite Valley. Additionally the wildfires have made the air quality dangerous. Between that and realizing we weren't as trained as we should be we decided to postpone the hike until next year.
I'm disappointed because I had hoped to share great photos and maybe even a live feed, but... not this year! Instead, we're going to grab some cookies and drown our sorrows. You hear what I'm saying?
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Even though we did not hike Half Dome, my folks still came down (they were going to be our cheering section after the hike). A busy week turned into a lazy visit, which was just lovely. Dan and Dad watched sports while Dad and I talked photography. Mom and I dug thru Grandma's recipes and decided we HAD to make some cookies. Some sweets would make us feel better right?
Mom's Mom (my Grandma) was a Home Economics Professor. She traveled all over the United States sharing her knowledge and teaching curriculum. Her favorite recipes were always sweets!
Grandma and Grandpa Cochrane lived in South Dakota and we lived in Oregon. I remember being surprised one day when we came home from school and they were at our house, we had no idea they were coming! It was right before Christmas and Grandma spent the week before making every cookie, fudge and cream puff recipe imaginable. Pretty sure that was one of the sweetest Christmas's ever!
Steps to make this Pecan Sandies Recipe
- preheat the oven
- chop the figs and the pecans, set aside.
- cream together the butter, egg and sugar. Add the vanilla and water, mix well.
- blend in the flour and salt in two batches
- add the pecans and figs
- using a small ice cream scoop, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
- bake in the preheated oven until golden brown.
Mom did her best to decipher Grandma's handwriting. We improvised a bit because when we got to what we thought was the end, the cookies were way too crumbly to stay together.
We updated Grandma's recipe and added ½ cup of finely chopped figs, an egg and a pinch of salt.
Tips for making the best pecan sandies recipe
- use a small scoop to drop them onto the cookie sheet - this will keep them uniform in size
- bake these easy pecan sandies just until the bottoms and edges are light golden brown
- use parchment paper on the cookie sheet for quick and easy cleanup
Using a small scoop this recipe made 36 cookies. (Super easy recipe too!!)
These cookies are slightly sweet, cake-like beauties with a richness and crunch from the pecans! Yummy to dunk in milk, great with a cup of coffee!
I'm proud to share another great family recipe with you! I hope you enjoy this recipe and these cookies as much as we do, sipping with some Crock Pot Hot Chocolate. Would you like to try more tried and true family recipes? Here are some lovely treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Persimmon Cookies - old fashioned Persimmon Cookies are sweet and delicious. Baked with spices, with nuts, cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate these are delicious!
Grandma Bertha's Butter Cookies - a family favorite these cookies are a sweet snack for the kids & delicious with coffee or tea!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - only 4 ingredients! It will take you longer to preheat the oven than mix the dough. These are easy and fabulous!
Chocolate Covered Cashews Recipe - salty cashews covered in delicious chocolate and melted peanut butter chips with a pinch of chili powder. A bit of canola oil gets the chocolate and peanut butter all melty and delicious.
Pecan Sandies Recipe
Grandma Cochrane's Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe
- 1 cup butter softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp water
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup figs finely chopped
- ½ cup pecans finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop the figs and the pecans, set aside.
- Cream together the butter, egg and sugar. Add the vanilla and water, mix well.
- Blend in the flour and salt in two batches
- Add the pecans and figs - mix again by hand.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
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