Butter Pecan Cookies

    Posted by  ·  April 7, 2011

    For the past two weeks people have been coming into my shop and asking for vanilla butternut flavoring.

    I mean a noticeable and really unusual amount of people. Finally I started asking what they are using it for. Every single person said the same thing— cookies! One sweet customer gave me a copy of the recipe. These cookies have gone viral!

    Butter Pecan Cookie Recipe

    from Kathy Studebaker

    1 – 8 oz package cream cheese (I used light), at room temperature

    1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

    1 egg, room temperature

    1/4 tsp Vanilla Butternut LorAnn Flavoring

    1 Butter Pecan Betty Crocker Cake Mix

    1 package Heath Toffee Chips

    3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

    1/2 pound powered sugar

    With mixer mix cream cheese, butter, egg, and vanilla butternut oil until smooth and fluffy. Add in dry cake mix. Batter will be slightly stiff. With a spoon stir in toffee chips and cooled pecans. Roll into balls (I used a cookie scoop) about the size of a walnut. Roll balls in powdered sugar until coated. Chilling the dough will make them easier to roll into balls.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cookies will appear soft. Let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes and the transfer to rack to completely cool. Store in airtight container.

    I was curious to see if you could substitute butterscotch chips for the toffee chips. I divided the dough in half and added 3/4 cup toffee pieces to half and 3.4 cup butterscotch chips to the other half. They both were delicious.

    I liked the ones with butterscotch, but my family loved the ones with toffee chips. They are soft, sweet and really delicious! I wish I could give you a bite…

    My only complaint would be the amount of ingredients. They aren’t as easy and budget friendly as chocolate chip cookies,  these super simple cake mix sugar cookies or these cake mix cookies we use to make the best ice cream sandwiches!

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    1. Paulina
      Saturday, December 10th, 2016
      Hii! Just baked these cookies! My family loves them! Thanks for the recipe. I am making these cookies in mason jars to sell.
      I want to know how long they last in mason jar?

      Thank you!
      • Cindy
        Monday, December 12th, 2016
        Paulina, If you need to keep the cookies for a long period of time (more than a week) could you freeze the cookies and then package in the mason jars as you need them? I think that would keep them the freshest.
    2. Josie
      Monday, March 7th, 2016
      Tasty recipe!! I made these at my bakery and they sold like hot cakes!! Thanks for the great recipes!!
    3. PAT
      Sunday, October 26th, 2014
    4. Shay Zamir
      Friday, August 10th, 2012
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    5. Monica
      Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
      I tried these for a craft bazaar bake sale and they flew! Made them for Teacher Appreciation Week and have had several ask for the recipe. Yumlicious! I send everyone that asks for the recipe to your blog. Didnt think you would mind. :)
    6. Kristen
      Sunday, April 10th, 2011
      I have a bottle of butternut on hand and haven't used it ages (bought for a cake recipe). I will have to make these and add a splash of vanilla. Sound SO GOOD! :)
    7. Thursday, April 7th, 2011
      You are SUCH a woman after my heart! These sound absolutely divine! A few months ago, I bought a bottle of vanilla nut (another brand...sorry=) and using it truly does make a difference in taste. I've made these cookies using a choco cake mix, but never butter pecan. I will be looking for a mix next time I go shopping. Thanks much for sharing - no doubt, these are a real winner! YUMMMMM!
    8. Lisa
      Thursday, April 7th, 2011
      I have heard of the cake mix cookies with cream cheese. I have made cookies made with the butter pecan flavoured cake mix. You were the one who taught me about cake mix cookies!
    9. Thursday, April 7th, 2011
      Those look delightful!! Where would be a place in the local market you could find that flavoring? I think my husband would die for those cookies!! Thanks for sharing!!
    10. Thursday, April 7th, 2011
      These look delicious! I love how easy the recipe is too :)