Cheat’s salted caramel pecan pie cookies

23 Nov

salted caramel pecan pie cookies

These salted caramel pecan pie cookies are so easy and so delicious! I made them on the weekend for a dear family member’s birthday party. Tom, the birthday boy, thought they were one of the yummiest things he has ever eaten and as this man has a sweet tooth I take that as high praise.

They have the taste and look of pecan pies but in cookie form – how great is that?

These cookies would be lovely served with coffee after Thanksgiving dessert, or at Christmas a dollop of rum-spiked cream would finish them off perfectly.

Feel free to change the nuts around – I had walnuts in the pantry so that’s what I used but I imagine pecans or macadamias would also taste amazing.

I was inspired by a recipe online at Spoon University but try as I might I couldn’t find the link. The original recipe was for a muffin but I thought these would work really well when baked in a whoopie pie pan- I was right. I also reduced the sugar and added vanilla and cinnamon.

Cheat's Salted caramel pecan pie cookies

Another touch I created was to turn this already delicious dessert / pie / cookies hybrid into salted caramel, simply by sprinkling the tops of the unbaked cookies with vanilla salt. I have written about my fondness for vanilla salt before. If you can get your hands on the stuff I highly recommend it. The word ‘life-changing’ is thrown around a fair bit but in the case of this sweet yet savoury salt it is justified.


¾ cup brown sugar

1 ¼ cups broken pecan or walnut pieces – I used walnut

½ cup plain flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

150 grams melted butter, slightly cooled

2 eggs

vanilla salt

Cheat’s salted caramel pecan pie cookie


Grease a whoopie pie tin with non-stick baking paper and preheat oven to 170C.

In a large bowl stir together the sugar, flour, ginger and nuts.

Melt the butter then whisk in the eggs and vanilla and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.

Scrape into whoopee pie tin and sprinkle with vanilla salt.

Bake for around 13-15 minutes – they should be light golden and starting to pull away from the edges.

Remove from oven and immediately tip out to wire rack to cool completely.

Salted caramel pecan pie cookies  The Hungry Mum


31 Responses to “Cheat’s salted caramel pecan pie cookies”

  1. BunKaryudo November 23, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    I wish someone would invent an Internet that allowed you to eat and enjoy the photographs. Those cookies look absolutely delicious.

    • The Hungry Mum November 23, 2015 at 7:49 am #

      I would so sign up for Eaternet 🙂 #GimmeAllTheFood

      • BunKaryudo November 23, 2015 at 7:53 am #

        The Eaternet! Haha! What a great name for it. Someone will have to invent it now.

  2. Lisa @ cheergerm November 23, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Oh, salt and sweet and what a great use for a whoopie pie tin. (One is currently languishing in my baking drawer.) Eaternet….snortworthy…

  3. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext November 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    These cookies look so good! Love the salted caramel flavour! Yum! 🙂

  4. Heather @ Sweet Precision November 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Yummy!! I like your option of serving these with a dollop of rum-spiked cream… yes please!!

  5. MyKabulKitchen November 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    Salted caramel pecan, that is heaven in one bite 🙂

  6. Kathrina (Eclectic Yellow House) November 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    These look wonderful! I must now search for vanilla salt. That has me intrigued!

    • The Hungry Mum November 25, 2015 at 3:58 am #

      Vanilla salt is an enigma: the taste is hard to describe but suffice to say it is salty and sweet at the same time #amazing.

  7. koolaidmoms November 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    They look delicious! I pinned it to try later.

    • The Hungry Mum November 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      Hey, thanks! You will love these cookies/pies.

  8. Antonia November 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Wow, these look delicious! I love the suggestion of adding a dollop of rum-spiked cream. Yum 🙂

  9. Stephanie Leduc November 24, 2015 at 3:11 am #

    I absolutely love the way these look, they actually LOOK chewy, which is a texture that can’t really be captured but you definitely did! Love how bubbly they look and how loaded they are with pecans 🙂

  10. Gather and Graze November 24, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Mmm Mmm! Sounds incredibly delicious to me!

  11. hotlyspiced November 24, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    I don’t have vanilla salt and now I hope I get some in my Christmas stocking. Your cookies look and sound perfect. These would make a lovely gift xx

    • The Hungry Mum November 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      Awww ta Charli! It is amazing. I bought mine from Salt Meats Cheese #loveThatPlace. These bickies are really amazing, if I do say so myself x

  12. Linda November 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe 🙂 🙂

  13. ChgoJohn November 25, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Cheat? Who cares? You had me with, “They have the taste and look of pecan pies but in cookie form.” Bring ’em on!

    • The Hungry Mum November 25, 2015 at 1:08 am #

      Ha! Some people are very precious about ‘correct ways of doing things.’ Me? I’m all about keeping it simple 😉

  14. Lynz Real Cooking November 25, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    yumm these sound amazing and look delicious!

    • The Hungry Mum November 25, 2015 at 3:59 am #

      Thanks so much! They will be great for Christmas time.

  15. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 25, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    What’s not to love about pecan pie but in cookie form!! 😀

  16. Anna @ shenANNAgans November 26, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    I REALLY hope salted caramel sticks around, holy moly it is gooooooood!
    PS: Im with BunKaryudo. 🙂 🙂

  17. thefolia December 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Salted, caramel and pecan…I’m in for sure!

  18. milk + honey January 9, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Yum! Salted caramel is a weakness of mine! Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

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