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Sweet and Salty Butter Pecan Cookies

Sweet and Salty Butter Pecan Cookies

Sweet and Salty Butter Pecan Cookies are rolled in a combination of sugar with a little bit of table salt thrown in right before baking.   When the cookie hits your taste buds, you get a very slight taste of salt along with the sugar. The inside of the cookie is filled with pecans and butterscotch chips.  It's an unbelievable combination and it's delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword #cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Mary Bostow


  • 1 1/3 cups pecan halves or pieces toasted
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups butterscotch chips

For The Sweet and Salty Topping

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 teaspoons salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  • Place the pecans is a large frying pan over medium heat, swirl the pecans in the pan until they are toasted lightly. As the pecans toast they'll release their oils and you'll be able to smell the aroma of the pecans. Remove them from the heat to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt,baking soda, vanilla, and vinegar, beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Beat in the egg until well incorporated. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Mix in the flour, then the chips and toasted nuts. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.
  • In a small bowl mix the 1/3 cup sugar and salt for the coating. Using your Tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop the dough out and roll into 1 1/2 inch balls more or less. Roll the cookie balls in the sugar/salt coating and place on the prepared cookie sheets with 2" between them.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, they should be light brown on top. Remove from the cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.