Decorated sugar cookies get a fun and nutty twist that is perfect for the holiday season. Pecan Pie Cut-Out Cookies taste as good as they look!
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Cut-out sugar cookies are a must for all our holidays. After creating my adorable Pumpkin Pie Cut-Out Cookies, I wanted to try pecan pie, but in decorated sugar cookies. Pecan Pie Cut-Out Cookies are perfect for any Fall or Winter Celebration!
Pecan Pie Cut-Out Cookies:
Decorated sugar cookies are among my favorite type of cookie. In addition to my traditional cookies, I have also played with flavoring the dough recipe. I used pumpkin powder and pumpkin pie spice for the pumpkin pie cookies. I am also experimenting with apple cider and hot chocolate for some upcoming Winter recipes. I can’t decide which one I like the best, as they are all delicious!
These cookies start with my regular cookie base, plus some fun extras. Millican Pecan Company shipped some of their pecans for my recipes. I used both pecan meal and pecan halves for this recipe. Butter rum flavoring and a small amount of brown sugar helps add more flavor to the recipe
I use meringue powder when making Royal icing. It can be found in any craft store with a baking section, online, and in some grocery store. I not only use royal icing for cookie decorating, but also for cakes, like my Purple Velvet Halloween Layer Cake. There are different consistencies to be aware of when using royal icing – stiff, to piping, to flooding. Practice makes perfect when it comes to knowing and using these royal icings for cookies.
Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Pecan Pie Cut-Out Cookies:
- My Amazon Cookie Tools Store has lots of my favorite cookie-making tools, piping tips and gel food color.
- If you’re not comfortable using a tipless bag, piping tips are a great way to start cookie decorating
- Use an adjustable rolling pin, because this is such an easy fix for even baking!
- I used 3 different gel colors for the cookies – chocolate brown and a mix of warm brown/ivory for the pie crust.
- Sweet Sugarbelle is a decorated cookie guru. I love her adorable designs, and she has great tips and tricks for decorating and icing consistency.
Pecan Pie Cut-Out Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Millican Chopped Pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon butter rum extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- chocolate brown gel food color
- warm brown gel food color
- ivory gel food color
- Millican pecan halves
Pecan Pie Cookie Dough
- Place flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, and pecan meal into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together briefly. Cut in butter using a pastry blender.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk egg, heavy cream, butter rum extract, and vanilla together. Pour egg mixture into the flour/butter mixture and combine with a spoon, or by hand, until it forms a cohesive ball of dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. If not using the same day, the dough can stay in the refrigerator overnight, or you can securely wrap it, place in a ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Thaw overnight in refrigerator or a few hours on the counter.
- When ready to make cookies, heat oven to 400F, roll out to 3/8 inch thick. Using a candy corn cookie cutter, cut out and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes (or 9-12 minutes on an Airbake cookie sheet or until just barely golden brown around the edges. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooking rack and cool completely before icing.
- Make sure the bowl and whip from your stand mixer is completely clean and grease-free. If necessary, wipe down with a paper towel and lemon juice.
- Combine meringue powder, powdered sugar and water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until incorporated, add in corn syrup, then beat on medium high for 5 minutes.
- Once royal icing is whipped to desired consistency, separate it into two different bowls. About 2/3 of the icing will be tinted chocolate brown. Add water, a teaspoon at a time, until desired flood or 20-second icing consistency.
- For the pie crust color, mix a small amount of warm brown with ivory to get desired color. Add a small amount of water to the pie crust color, so you have an easy flowing, but still stiffer consistency icing.
- Place icing into piping bags. (You can use tipless or a #2 piping tip. Place the pie crust icing into a piping bag fitted with a #104 petal tip. Cover the open tips with a wet paper towel while piping the pumpkin.
- Outline and flood the entire cookie with chocolate brown icing. Place pecan half on each cookie. Let dry completely. Pipe the pie crust, with the small side facing out. Let dry completely.
Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookies Week! And a huge thank you to our sponsors Adams Extract and Millican Pecan Company for supporting the bloggers and events like Christmas Cookies Week.
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