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Pecan Sandies

What a great news I got last Saturday! I won A Latte with OTT,A's Clabber Girl Iron Chef Challenge! It's my first time in my 3 ½ months of blogging...and I am so excited and glad about it! Though I won in Food Frenzy's St. Patrick's Day Contest, I feel that this one is different. It's one I can call "the real thing" because unlike Food Frenzy's recipe challenge where I had to promote my entry (Almond and Pandan Sapin-Sapin) on facebook, twitter and foodbuzz to get votes, my entry (Inipit) to the Iron Chef Challenge was actually chosen by a judge. 

Judge April Osburn, Clabber Girl’s Culinary Classroom Chef had the following to say about my entry: "I chose this recipe/blog because I thought the recipe was unique and the blog was well written. She told the history of the recipe and had great photos. She made several references to Clabber Girl Baking Powder and even had a link to our website."

Awesome is all I can say! I want to thank Amy Eizinger of A Latte with OTT'A for hosting the  monthly Iron Chef Challenge, Clabber Girl for sponsoring this month's challenge and of course, Judge April Osburn for choosing my entry.  She made  me feel that I've really done a good job in this one!

As a way of thanking Clabber Girl, today I'm featuring a favorite cookie recipe with which I always use Clabber Girl Baking Powder. I'm sure you all are familiar with Pecan Sandies. Keebler has a version of this. Ryan loves pecan, and these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are his favorite! 

Pecan sandies have become my favorite too! Not only are they so easy to make, they are truly so good! The irresistible taste and texture make these cookies a sure hit not only for dessert but for snack too! Ryan loves it with a cup of coffee, and my daughters & I love it with milk! I got this recipe back in 2006 from Gooseberry Patch Online Recipe Box. I love it because it's the simplest pecan sandies recipe I've found that makes absolutely delicious cookies!

Prep Time:~5 mins   Cook Time:~15 mins   Yield: 20-24 pcs. depending on desired size 

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • white sugar

1. Cream butter and shortening while gradually adding 1 cup sugar.
2. Mix all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder, and gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in pecan nuts.

3. Chill for at least ½ hour.
4. Shape into 1" balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. (I find that using parchment paper on the cookie sheet is better. It helps the cookies bake evenly and come out much better.) Flatten balls to 1/3" with the bottom of a glass (slightly moistened and dipped in white sugar). I love using an octagonal bottomed glass for this.

Sometimes when I want to make other shapes, I shape the dough into a big ball, then flatten it using a rolling pin, sprinkle sugar on it, then use a cookie cutter for my desired shape. 

5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.
6. Serve as dessert or snack with your favorite drink!


  1. Mmmm I've never made sandies before and will have to try your recipe!! Thanks for sharing on Mangia Mondays! And congrats - how exciting!

  2. Congrats on the contest! I love pecan sandies... I'll try this soon.

  3. Congratulations on winning the contest. That's awesome :) Your cookies look so delicious! I'm going to add you to my These Chicks Cooked features for Wednesday if that is ok.

  4. Tina, I want to thank you for your support. It was really nice of you to take the time, and vote for me in the cook-off challenge. Also, congratulations on your win! Your pecan sandies look awesome...yum!

  5. Congrats on the award!! That is SO awesome girl! Love this recipe too, your pictures are phenomenal!

  6. These look absolutely wonderful! I love pecans so for me this is perfect cookie! And congrats on winning!!!

  7. Pecan sandies are my husband's favorite. If I make your recipe, I am going to have a happy hubby.

    Thanks for linking this up and come on back.

    If you have a brunch recipe and who doesn't, we have a linky tomorrow, Let's Do Brunch. Love to have you join us. We love new faces and new recipes.

  8. OOps, I meant Wednesday is Let's Do Brunch. All day, today, I thought it was Tuesday. I wonder why.

  9. @Chaya: I'll be there on Wednesday for Let's Do Brunch! :)

  10. Congrats on the win! I figured that we could follow each other on our blogs as well as Bloggy Moms- not to mention, I love all things baking and cooking so your blog is right up my alley!
    Talk to you soon!

  11. Mmmm... Yum! Thanks for sharing!

    Please come over and visit us at We have 3 Pinays over there and we'd love more!

    We are all like family. Everyone is really great and very personable.

    Hope you can make it!

    Have a great week!

    Lexie Lane

  12. CONGRATS Tina!!!! Well deserved! I love your blog and I think you have great recipes in it and do a fantastic job! :-) These cookies look delicious! I love pecans! :-)

  13. Congrats on your winning Tina!
    I shall try this once I got my oven! Hee... :)

  14. Congrats on winning the contest! These cookies look awesome! I would love to have a couple with my tea.

  15. Love Pecan Sandies, especially with pecans from the Great State of Texas, or my mother-in-law's backyard in Georgia.

  16. Congratulations Tina! These sandies look absolutely irresistible!

  17. I haven't had sandies in a while. These sound yummy. Thanks for linking up with us on Takeover Tuesdays and congrats on your award.

  18. Congratulation for your win the contest.. you really deserve it... i feel its worth to follow your blog..

  19. your cookies look great! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!

    Congrats again on winning the Iron Chef Challenge!

  20. I LOVE <3 looking and trying new recipes .. I can not wait to give yours a try!

    I found you on VB and I wanted to Welcome you! I am now following you.

    If you have the time I would love it if you would check out my sites and follow me on my blog as well.
    Thank You and Best wishes


  21. These look wonderful. I bet they'd be really delicious drizzled with some melted chocolate. Will have to try these.

  22. Your cookies look "melt in your mouth" FABULOUS! I'm going to try this recipe:) CONGRATS on the win!!!

  23. Congratulations, Tina!! These pecan sandies look so delicious. Sandies are like shortbread, right? Crumbly, fine texture. For some reason they remind me of polvoron.

    By the way, thank you for the Saveur Magazine tweet. I'm so excited that Saveur has noticed our food. Thanks to Filipino food bloggers such as yourself, we are showing the world our culture through food.

    Congrats again!

  24. Congrats on the contest, Tina! I love Pecan Sandies and I love your cookie photos! Thanks for linking up to Melt in Your Mouth Monday!

  25. Yes Jun, it's like shortbread.
    My hubby said the same thing - pecan sandies remind him of polvoron. My family really loves it! Congratulations again for the Best Regional Cuisine Blog nomination on Saveur's 2011 Best Food Blog Awards!

  26. Thanks, everyone for your warm congratulations! Much appreciated! :)

  27. Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your yummy Pecan Sandies recipe with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. I haven't made Pecan Sandies in years, and I'm looking forward to giving your recipe a try!

  28. Thank you for this recipe, Tina. I've always loved Keebler's Pecan Sandies. My mom would buy them for us when we'd go to Pic 'N Save when I was a kid. The buttery tasty! Mmm! I didn't realize the recipe was so simple. I'm totally going to make these :-) See? There's a total reason I saved this recipe to read. Thanks again!

  29. I work at Bass Pecan Company every year they have a recipe contest for a chance to win $1000!
    If you love baking with pecans you should check it out. Check out their Recipe Blog for great recipes and the contest rules and entry!!