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flourless pecan cookies
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Pecan Drop Cookies Recipe

Made famous by Harris Ranch in California, these pecan drop cookies are like a delicious mix of pie filling and cookie. Plus they're gluten and dairy-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cooling5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie recipe, cookies, gluten-free cookies, gluten-free dessert recipes, pecan cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 170kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp GF vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 12 ounces pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 egg whites)


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and pecan pieces. Beat on low speed to incorporate the ingredients, then drizzle in the egg whites. Increase the speed to medium-low and beat for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Drop the dough in rounded tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet. Press each ball of dough with the back of a spoon to form a cookie 3 1/2 inches in diameter and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool for 3-5 minutes on the baking sheet, then use a thin spatula coated with pan spray to remove the cookies to a cooling rack. The cookies will be soft but will firm up as they cool.


Keep in a sealed container at room temperature for 3-4 days.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg