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!)

Rachel Divider



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!)

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8 years ago

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

Lisa Steenberg
Lisa Steenberg
7 years ago

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

Karen Wood
Karen Wood
7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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

Stacie Ennis
Stacie Ennis
2022 years ago

So worth a try!