Pecan Sandies

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3 cubes (1-1/2 cups) unsalted butter, very soft

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons of plantation white sugar (large crystal) or maple sugar

2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste

plus additional sugar to sprinkle on cookies

3 cups unbleached flour

11/2 toasted pecan pieces, coarsely chopped


Heat oven to 295 – 305 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or use parchment if preferred.

Blend the softened butter, salt and sugar together until well blended and butter is very soft and pliable. Add vanilla paste and blend well.

Add flour, blending in well using a fork. Add pecan pieces and mix thoroughly.

Drop batter by medium spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Press down on each cookie with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula until they are fairly rounded.

Bake until edges become lightly browned, about 15 – 18 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes about 40 cookies.