Vanilla Bean Butter Pecan Cookies is the perfect cookie recipe. They are soft, chewy, and gooey, and full of pecans in every bite!
Vanilla Bean Butter Pecan cookies are sweet, gooey, chewy, and just perfect! They're the cutest bites that you'll easily be scarfing down and making more of. This recipe is so easy and so fast! It's literally a quick mixing of all of the ingredients and then baking. No crazy resting time, no weird ingredients - just simple deliciousness. All together in one cookie!
In addition, these vanilla bean butter pecan cookies are IDEAL for santa claus. Why? Because they're buttery and and full of vanilla and tiny pecan chunks. Not to mention, this cookie with a little milk is SO. FREAKING. GOOD. These cookies melt in your mouth whether they're fresh out of the oven or a few days old. (They keep really really well!) I think that's what I love most about them. They taste good even after 4-5 days.
How do I know? Confession. I made these on Sunday. Today is Thursday. My husband and I have been rationing them all week. Today, I ate the last one (he wasn't too pleased) ... and they still tasted just as good as if they were fresh out of the oven. It was insane! A lot of times, baked goods only taste good for a day or two, but these cookies span the test of time. Ok I'm being dramatic, but these are just SO good and you need to try them!
Vanilla Bean Butter Pecan Cookies
So, story time. It took me about 4 tries to get this recipe just right. Originally, these butter pecan cookies were supposed to be bars. Then I switched it back to cookies. One the second time trying to perfect this recipe, I ran out of vanilla extract but realized I had vanilla bean pods. So, I used those instead. And WOW, necessity really created this masterpiece. Isn't it crazy how that happens sometimes?!
do I have to have vanilla bean pods? Is vanilla extract okay?
This recipe does call for vanilla bean but it's not a necessity. These cookies will taste delicious either way! Simply swap the 2 vanilla bean pods out for 2 tsp vanilla extract!
how do I store these cookies to keep them fresh?
You can store these in a ziplock bag! They will stay fresh for at least 4-5 days.
Can I use unsalted butter instead of salted butter?
Of course you can! If you prefer less salt or are watching your salt intake, you can certainly use unsalted butter. This is my personal preference because I think a little salt makes everything butter, but please feel free to edit this recipe to fit your needs!