You’ll love the hint of caramel, thick layer of brown sugar icing, and sprinkling of pecans featured in these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies. And they’re so puffy, pillowy, and soft — these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies literally melt in your mouth!
I made a dizzying amount of Amish Sugar Cookies for fall and the holidays. I was practically swimming in Amish Sugar Cookies a few weeks ago. I was eating Christmas cookies in August this year!! (You’ll see those recipes in another month or so.)
I thought I was done baking all the variations I was going to share in 2018, but these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies were a last minute throw-in.
I can’t remember what compelled me to decide that I needed to make yet another version, but here they are! The cookies are tinged with caramel flavoring, and they feature a thick layer of caramel-brown sugar icing, as well as a sprinkling of pecans.
These Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies still retain the best features of traditional Amish Sugar Cookies: they’re a lot like a cut-out cookie, but they’re a drop cookie, so they’re a fraction of the work. No chilling, no rolling & cutting. They’re very soft, puffy, and pillowy.
The texture of these is unmatched, and that stays front and center in these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies.
The praline theme is somehow exceptionally fitting with Amish Sugar Cookies. Maybe it’s because a cookie that is already buttery and boasting melt-in-your-mouth texture, is all the more enhanced by a buttery, caramel-y brown sugar icing. That’s just the start.
Amish Sugar Cookies are nothing if not versatile, and I think that’s why I adore them so much. The ideas just keep coming…
Here’s allllll the different ones I’ve got so far if you want to explore your options!
- Eggnog Amish Sugar Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Vanilla Amish Sugar Cookies
- Cherry Almond Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Maple Amish Sugar Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Chai-Spiced Amish Sugar Cookies
- Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Almond Sugar Cookies
- Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies
- Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies
- Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies
- Peppermint Amish Sugar Cookies
Don’t forget that Christmas isn’t too far away, so you’ll be seeing more of these Amish Sugar Cookies before you know it.
Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies
You'll love the hint of caramel, thick layer of brown sugar icing, and sprinkling of pecans featured in these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies. And they're so puffy, pillowy, and soft -- these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies literally melt in your mouth!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. caramel extract
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. caramel extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup pecan halves and/or chopped pecans
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugars until combined.
Beat in eggs, vanilla, and caramel extract.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Do not overmix.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Drop dough by small teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
Bake at 375 for 8-11 minutes, or until edges and bottoms are lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel extract, whisking to combine.
Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
Add heavy cream.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.
Cool for 3 minutes.
Whisk or beat in 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
Add additional powdered sugar, as needed, to achieve a thick, but spreadable consistency. Frosting sets quickly, but you can microwave it for 7-8 seconds (that's it) to thin it back out for spreading, as needed.
Spread icing over cookies, sprinkle with pecan halves or chopped pecans, and allow to set.
I find Watkins' brand caramel extract easily at Walmart Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Superstores. There are probably other brands of caramel extract and flavoring too!
These are good for at least a week, but best within the first 3 days. After 3 days, they get crumbly and a bit on the drier side - still a delicious cookie though.
These freeze really well! Iced or plain, they freeze beautifully.
I've made these Amish Sugar Cookies into Iced Maple Amish Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Latte Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Chai-Spiced Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Almond Cookies, Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies, Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies, Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies, and Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies!