The Chicken Chick®: Sherry Pecan Meltaways

Dec 18, 2012

Sherry Pecan Meltaways

This recipe is one of my Christmas favorites; they're quick and easy to make, freeze melt in your mouth and freeze beautifully. I must confess that they taste almost as good frozen as they do fresh. (what? I never said patience was one of my virtues!)
1 ½ cups butter at room temperature (3 sticks)

1 ¾ cups sifted powdered sugar
3 1/3 cups sifted flour
1 cup finely ground pecans
¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup dry sherry
½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract

1 egg white, beaten with 2 teaspoons water
¼ cup pecan pieces, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground pecans and salt.
In a measuring cup, combine the sherry and extracts.

Alternately add dry ingredients and liquid to the butter mixture, ending with the flour mixture and stir until just mixed. Avoid over-mixing.
Drop by teaspoonful or small batter scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten cookies a bit with the bottom of a glass & brush cookie with egg wash. Sprinkle a few chopped pecans on top.

Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Cool and let rest overnight for maximum flavor. (good luck with THAT!)


  1. Sue Leighton12/18/12, 9:12 PM

    I think I just gained 10 lbs just by looking at the picture- these sound yummy!!

  2. Nancy Roberts12/18/12, 11:04 PM

    These sound amazing and I don't blame you for not letting them thaw! :)

  3. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 12:34 AM

    LOL! They're dangerous, Sue.

  4. winnie rottem12/19/12, 11:33 AM

    I loooooooove this kind of cookies!

    I could eat the whole batch by myself :)

  5. Esther widgren12/14/13, 10:34 PM

    You had me at Sherry....

  6. TheChickenChick12/15/13, 1:09 AM

    Bottoms up! (they're so yummy, Esther!)

  7. Lisa Steenberg12/9/14, 2:16 PM

    I'm wondering if I can make them gluten free. I think I should at least try!!

  8. Haven't heard of these before. Obviously been missing out. It's been a lot of years since I did the big bunch of christmas baking every year. Am planning to get back into it.

  9. Do try! I'll add the GF recipe if it works out for you, just let me know!