These chewy chocolate pecan cookies are stuffed with a brown butter pecan butter filling that leads to a perfect cookie sandwich bite.
chocolate butter pecan sandwich cookies

Why put peanut butter on your Greek yogurt every morning when you could instead be having brown butter pecan frosting.

That was my existential crisis of Wednesday.


And, I mean…Wednesdays are already pretty tough.

There is definitely no room to add chocolate-smothered breakfast drama into the mix. We can barely get ourselves out of the house as it is!


The.Boy was filled with no such internal conflict, in case you were wondering, and was perfectly fine stuffing his face with sugar, brown butter, regular butter, and, uh, more sugar for breakfast. God I wish I had his metabolism.

I, however, always feel like breakfast needs to be a touch on the redemptive side. High in protein, a touch of healthy fat, a nice drizzle of honey…and now with a glob of brown butter pecan heaven on the side!

(And yes, you can super size that.)


You might even choose to crumble a little soft chewy chocolate pecan cookie on top.

And that is why we are friends.


One year ago…Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers With Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado Crema, Pasta with Black Kale, Caramelized Onions and Parsnips

Two years ago…Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese, Creamy Carrot and Parsnip Soup

Three years ago…Cranberry Blueberry Pie, Roasted Pumpkin, Wild Rice and White Bean Salad

Four years ago…Texas Barbecue Sauce Pulled Pork on a Whole Wheat Bun, Slow-Roasted Beets with Buttermilk, Blue Cheese, Pecans and Arugula

Chocolate Butter Pecan Sandwich Cookies
These chewy chocolate pecan cookies are stuffed with a brown butter pecan butter filling that leads to a perfect cookie sandwich bite.
Yield: 20-24 cookie sandwiches
For the brown butter pecan filling
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup toasted, cooled pecans
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
For the chocolate pecan cookies
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup toasted, cooled, and finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  1. For the filling, you must first brown the butter. Put it in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow it to melt and then continue to cook it, stirring occasionally, until it starts to turn an amber color and smell nutty. Remove it from the heat and then pour it into a small bowl.
  2. In a food processor, combine the brown butter, pecans, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until a smooth puree forms, scraping down the sides as necessary. Store in the fridge until the cookies are ready.
  3. For the cookie dough, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and beat on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and mix in the pecans, vanilla, and salt, mixing until just combined.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients in 3 additions, and mix on low speed until just combined. Remove from the mixer, cover with saran wrap, and chill the cookie dough in the fridge for 1 hour or more.
  6. When the cookies are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375. Scoop the cookie dough into 2 tsp-sized scoops (a small cookie scoop) and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, about an inch apart. Press them flat so that they are about ¼-inch thick. Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, for 7 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. To make the sandwiches, spread about 2 tsp of filling onto the flat side of a cookie and top it with a second cookie, pressing gently. Repeat with remaining cookies.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie sandwich


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79 Responses to Chocolate Butter Pecan Sandwich Cookies

  1. Kathryn says:

    I definitely don’t bake enough with pecans – these little bites of deliciousness sound like the perfect treat, whatever time of day it is!

  2. Johanna GGG says:

    yes I am all for redemptive breakfasts – mostly savoury, sometimes sweet, not too sweet. I’ll take these for afternoon tea (and perhaps morning tea as well) because I don’t have the boy’s metabolism – not at all

  3. Hurray! Cookies for Friday! Well actually it’s Monday for me since I have to go back to work, but what better way to kick of the week than nutty chocolate?

  4. You know how to make Fridays bearable. These cookies are just fabulous. And indeed why we friends πŸ™‚

  5. Beth says:

    These cookies look so fabulous, I feel like weeping. Must try them!

  6. Cookie and frosting over greek yogurt… I like where your head’s at!

  7. These sound amazing. My week needs these.

  8. You did me in with these for this weekend, they look so good I can eat a dozen of these cookies.

  9. michael says:

    …MMM those look delicious, there is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter!!! I printed your recipe and will try these.

  10. I was waiting for these once I saw them on your IG – amazing! Gorgeous photos.

  11. Margarita says:

    Yay for beating the bus to the destination. Calories burned and body warmed. Although I went on a walk yesterday and came home with paralyzed fingers and toes. I could barely open our front door. Mind you, I even wore multiple gloves. Delicious looking cookies! My husband will eat these every hour and not even feel remotely guilty.

  12. Karly says:

    That pecan filling makes me weepy with joy.

  13. Beautiful cookies Joanne – love the pecans in the dough and the decadent filling!

  14. Abby says:

    Holy crap that frosting! Let’s just get a plate of these and glass of wine and call it dinner.

  15. Mag says:

    You’re really reading my mind πŸ˜‰
    I saw these on your blog wednesday and was very very disappointed that I could not find the recipe. Whatever keywords I tried. Really I am so happy with you πŸ˜€
    My weekend will start NOW!!!

  16. THAT. FILLING!!!!

    Brown Butter pecan aghhhhh I am in loooove these look AHHHMAZING!

  17. My morning could use a couple of these!

  18. I need to get some pecans! These sandwiched cookies, esp. the filling, look divine!

  19. Trisha says:

    Greek yogurt has superfood powers that negate anything unhealthy that happens to be crumbled on top. My Friday needs these!

  20. Ooooh, that brown butter pecan filling is calling my name! Can I put it on toast for breakfast? πŸ™‚

  21. Cookies for breakfast definitely sounds like a good idea! LOVE this!

  22. Chocolate is my weakness! These look delicious! Awesome flavor combo. πŸ™‚

  23. This is why I can’t bake too many sweets…it’s too easy to sneak some for breakfast!

  24. Yummmmmmmm these looks amazing Joanne, great work, pinning, would love to make these!

  25. You’re killing me with these cookies! Damn those look good. I may not have a wedding dress to fit in but I’ve been living in my “yoga” pants since December.

  26. I have visions of making these sandwich cookies and crumbling them up in my morning oatmeal or yogurt. For the balance, obviously.

  27. Pam says:

    I wish my metabolism was like The.Boy’s too. These beauties look amazingly delicious!

  28. Eileen says:

    Cookies! Yay! These sound so good. Re breakfast, I wonder if having some pecan butter on hand for delicious yet less 100% sugar oatmeal topping would work? Signs point to yes. πŸ™‚

  29. Lynn says:

    Salivating over here!

  30. So, I’ll take 57 of these bad boys!! Flipping love pecan anything!

  31. There is something about cold weather that always makes me crave pecans. I would love one (or three!) of these with some hot tea!

  32. oh my, that frosting mixed into yogurt in the morning would be heavenly, but even better sandwiched between those cookies!

  33. I am coming across way too many chocolate recipes this afternoon for my own good…yikes!

  34. These cookies are bites of joy for me. I love chocolate and peanut butter and because the hubs doesn’t, I get to eat them all. πŸ™‚

  35. Susan says:

    There is nothing I don’t like about these cookies. Oh wait, I don’t have any. . .

  36. cheri says:

    These look incredible, love the butter pecan filling!

  37. debbie says:

    Any time of day is the right time for a good cookie….I don’t think these would last past one night in my house!

  38. Bookmarked straight away! Your photos had me salivating πŸ˜€


  39. I’m craving a chocolate cookie so bad and now I’m drooling!

  40. You complete me, you really do…

  41. Pecans are by far my favourite nut! I’ve been eating pecan pie granola this past week like it’s going out of business…obsessed.

  42. Hotly Spiced says:

    Having a container of these by your side could certainly help anyone get through the drudgery that is Wednesday and the envy of those with racing metabolisms xx

  43. P says:

    “Why put peanut butter on your Greek yogurt every morning when you could instead be having brown butter pecan frosting.”

    Yes, why am I not having this delicious frosting?? My peanut butter has been wasted on my greek yogurt for so long :P!

  44. Christine says:

    Love pecans and conveniently just bought a bag at TJ’s! Guys always have better metabolisms than us…drat. So unfair.

  45. Kristi says:

    Oh my.. these cookies look so good. 3 of my favorites.. butter pecan, chocolate, and peanut butter.

  46. Stop. It. Are these real?! My favorites all in a cookie!

  47. Well if you are going to have breakfast drama, chocolate smothered is the best kind!

  48. Blond Duck says:

    I love cookie sandwiches!

  49. These would not last long in my house! Sadly my metabolism is no longer what it was and cookies for breakfast show on my hips by lunch πŸ™‚

  50. Betty says:

    One of those crumbled into a morning yogurt would be divine, and another one for my after school snack please! Nuts are full of protein, right? πŸ™‚

  51. Kate says:

    I definitely prefer frosting to peanut butter!

  52. I’m trying to decide if I would prefer these cookies or the pecan filling and have realised that, being you, you have made it so I don’t have to choose πŸ™‚ I’d enjoy them in large cookie-filling-together bites.

  53. Jess says:

    Yum, this look amazing! Will have to try them πŸ™‚

  54. Serena says:

    I remember reading somewhere there Butter Pecan is the most popular ice cream flavor after vanilla and chocolate. It’s mine. Betting these would be better than ice cream. I think I’d better find out!

  55. Your killing me over here Joanne! These cookies are to die for!!

  56. Barbara says:

    My metabolism sucks… way can I do sugar for breakfast! But oh I’d love to have these around three in the afternoon! At least I have time to work some of it off. These look delicious, Joanne!

  57. sandwich cookies are under-rated! this is just great!

  58. Erica says:

    Perfect combination of flavors! Those cookies look absolutely amazing,Joanne!

  59. Oh I am that kind of person that used peanut butter in their Greek yogurt in the mornings but I would totally take these ones instead πŸ™‚ Great looking sandwich cookies. I need to make some. I don’t think I have ever made any before!

  60. Great, I JUST stopped craving cookies after my huge cookie fest around Christmas. Now I’m craving them all over again! These look fabulous πŸ˜‰

  61. KATHY says:

    These look heavenly! I am such a chocoholic….I wouldn’t be able to eat just one!

  62. oh joanne, these look incredible! i wish i had a few right now πŸ™‚

  63. I could sure nibble on a few of these sandwich cookies. Mmmm.

  64. I want these for breakfast too. Every single day of my life, pretty please.
    They look delicious! <3

  65. I’m with The.Boy on this one – not conflicted at all! I’ll take 20 please. And stat!

  66. I am seriously craving this. I would put peanut butter on anything.

  67. Good lord. I’m gonna have to save this for when Dino is having a bad day – this will fix him up in a snap!

  68. Your cookies sound lovely. I love chocolate and pecans.

  69. Cookies look awesome & so tempting…love everything about them.

  70. Monica says:

    Sandwich cookies are such a great. And they are best with chocolate and nuts. Craving right now.

  71. Oh, my. I suspect I would actually eat all the pecan filling before it made its way into the cookies, but at least the cookies look like they’d be good on their own? Can’t wait for pecans to come on special so I can try these.

  72. Rika @ VM says:

    Pecans & Chocolate….. both are absolutely stunning ingredients! Mmmmmm!

  73. True story:
    everytime I see a new cookie creation or recipe in the food blogging world I always think “will it Oreo?”
    And in most cases it will, and the hardest decision will be what kind of frosting/filling.

  74. Reeni says:

    These are downright dreamy delicious! I’d start with breakfast and end with dessert! Don’t think I could resist.

  75. gloria says:

    these cookies look amazing Joanne!!

  76. I think you need to mail me some of these since I am without my own kitchen for a few days πŸ˜‰

  77. So…what you’re saying is…I can have these for breakfast? Why, thank you!

  78. grace says:

    what a glorious, glorious filling. seriously, sandwich cookies aren’t often that appealing to me, but these are amazing.

  79. Shannon says:

    browned butter pecan frosting? oh my. you’re the devil!

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