These tasty treats will give you a nice break from your classic cookie. The oatmeal and pecans make them a little heartier, and those Heath bar bits (easily found at your grocery store) add a subtle yet magical toffee crunch.

I’ve made this recipe with my siblings and cousins at our grandparents’ beach house, so not only does it produce delicious cookies, but it also has family sentiments attached to it.

The quantity of pecans, raisins, chocolate chips, and Heath bar bits are all up to your and your taste bud preferences, but we’ve laid out some suggestions below. Feel free to adjust.

Before you embark on your baking adventure, be warned: the dough is dangerously addictive. My grandma left me with some important advice when I called her to ask for the recipe instructions: “Make sure you have enough dough left over to actually make some cookies.”

Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:12-15 minutes
  • Total Time:32-35 minutes
  • Servings:48 cookies
  • Medium


  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Heath bar bits (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F and bake pecans for 5 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Wait for pecans to cool, then chop into small pieces.

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  • Step 3

    Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

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  • Step 4

    In a mixer, beat together the brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, and butter until mixture is fluffy.

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  • Step 5

    With mixer on low speed, add eggs, one at a time.

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  • Step 6

    Slowly add in dry ingredients.

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  • Step 7

    By hand, mix in the pecans and any optional ingredients.

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  • Step 8

    Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on buttered baking sheet.

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  • Step 9

    Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350°F.

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  • Step 10

    Let cool, and enjoy.

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