Bouchon Bakery’s Pecan Sandies


This past summer, I spent a week in the Napa Valley/San Francisco area. This meant I had to make multiple “obligatory” stops at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. Having loved this bakery so much, my sister (Codename: DSN Engineer) bought me the Bouchon Bakery cookbook! My first inclination was to recreate the bakery’s French macaroons I had so greedily eaten during my time in Napa. But, when I was flipping through the opening pages, I noticed Keller had included a recipe for pecan sandies. What was intriguing about the recipe was not only its simplicity and tasty results, but where the recipe itself was located. Not in the cookie section with the rest, but at the beginning in the introduction as an homage to his mother who loved the sandy-textured cookies. I thought that was great, especially since I’m a nerd who reads “new” cookbooks from front to back like they’re regular novels or something.

Anyway, these cookies are really delicious if you’re a pecan sandie fan. However, they’re even better than the store-bought version, which tends to have a sugar-scrub, grainy texture that will surely scrape the roof of your mouth after one cookie. These Bouchon Bakery cookies have an extremely fine sugar texture, due mainly to the powdered sugar used in the recipe. In comparison to the store-bought, these cookies are downright “smooth”, considering they’re “sandies”. These cookies are already a favorite of mine. Everything else in the cookbook is just a bonus to me at this point. Find the recipe here.

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Edelman
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 11:01:15

    These are absolutely gorgeous!! I like to read cookbooks too!

  2. apuginthekitchen
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 11:56:54

    The cookies are wonderful, I just ordered the cookbook, it’s been on my list of must have cookbooks.

  3. Anita Menon
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 13:38:46

    Seems like an interesting baking book. Will look it up. The cookies looks delicious

  4. Jean |
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 13:45:14

    I’d choose a lovely pecan sandie over a macaron any day! Perfection!

  5. The Foodie Affair
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 13:52:26

    I bet these melt in your mouth delicious! Napa sure is a fun town to visit!

  6. Deepti
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 14:30:50

    A wonderful recipe indeed! Looks perfect.

  7. SandraM
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 16:24:03

    These sound good. I have that book too! You’re like me, I love reading cookbooks and dreaming about what I want to make next.

  8. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 16:32:26

    I am always surprised when a famous chef reveals a recipe AND doesn’t leave out an ingredient!!

  9. Choc Chip Uru
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 16:51:10

    Delicious sandies, I love pecans ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. saucygander
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 17:51:28

    You’ve convinced me to try this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. ANDi
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 18:09:25

    Well ms yummy you got my attention! I haven’t been baking much but I will surely be trying this recipe very soon! Look so good. Andi

  12. tastytreats13
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 18:26:35

    That really sounds tasty!

  13. Mary Frances
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 18:45:33

    I can understand the temptation to make french macaroons, but they are so labor intensive! These sandies look equally wonderful and a whole lot simpler!

  14. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 19:49:52

    I finally broke down and bought this cookbook…and I’m glad you’ve reminded me of this recipe! I loved pecan sandies as a kid and this sounds like the perfect recipe!

  15. Melolimparfaite
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 20:37:59

  16. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 20:40:00

    Oh yum!! These are one of my favourite cookies:)

  17. Tracy
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 20:41:44

    These sound delicious. I have always loved sandies.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  18. Raymund
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 20:55:08

    Wow those looks nice

  19. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 21:48:11

    That’s really sweet that your sister bought the book for you. These pecan sandies sound delicious.

  20. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 21:59:10

    They look amazing! I also read my recipe books cover to cover ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Cakelaw
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 23:19:47

    I have never had pecan sandies (not an Aussie thing), but they look delish!

  22. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 23:48:23

    I have this book and haven’t tried anything from it. Now I’m inspired!

  23. ivysew
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 02:03:14

    Sounds interesting. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  24. Three Well Beings
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 02:32:19

    I’m a big Thomas Keller fanโ€ฆand love Bouchon. Thank you for the recipe. I’m delighted and will definitely try it!

  25. Hotly Spiced
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 04:56:56

    I’ve never made a sandie but I’ve heard they’re a really good cookie. I love how your sister bought the book for you xx

  26. TrafficDiva
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 05:09:33

    I love sandies..they were Granny’s favorites too!! Her birthday just recently passed and from the awesome pic above, it looks as if she took an heavenly swipe of a cookie..Haha!! =) You always made sure she had great treats and she would have loved these too!!!!

  27. I Wilkerson
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 06:15:22

    I like the packaged kind from the grocery store–these must be amazing!

  28. loavesandstitches
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:33:34

    Love that bakery and the book, too.

  29. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:46:59

    Delicious looking cookies. I am a Pecan Sandie lover.

  30. mireiabq
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 12:37:26


  31. What Jessica Baked Next
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 03:05:40

    Looks delicious!

  32. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 10:47:55

    I love pecan sandies. I always by htem, but I bet this homemade version is amazing

  33. Amanda Chic
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 13:01:51

    Love pecan sandies
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    A chic kiss ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Chocolate Shavings
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 10:35:30

    These look yummy!

  35. Alex
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 15:34:04

    You’re right: these beauties will pay for the cookbook. ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 08:36:21

    YUmmmy Sandies!!!!

  37. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 17:24:58

    I have never been, but by the looks of these gorgeous cookies, I must!!

  38. kitchen flavours
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 19:54:10

    These cookies looks wonderful! And I am so jealous of your Bouchon Bakery cookbook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. markd60
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 08:04:27

    They look delicious and taste beautiful!

    Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:16:36

    I just got that book for Christmasโ€ฆcanโ€™t wait to try a few of the recipes. Your pecan sandies look fabulous! I have been to the Bouchon Bakery in NYC! Love it!

  41. Juliana
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 21:25:46

    I never made this cookies in spite of being one of my husband favorites…
    Thanks for the recipe…have a great week ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 21:49:49

    This was always my favorite cookie from the school lunch ladies! Bet this one is much better! Almost checked that book out at the library today but I was afraid where it might lead me!

  43. Cathleen
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 23:14:01

    I have always been intrigued by “sandies”. I must make them soon. I have this book, yet, I have not made anything from it; I have been eying the peppermint patties. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  44. Daniela
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 09:55:07

    It’s always fun to discover new cook books.
    The cookies look amazing, yummy.

  45. Carolyn Jung
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 16:06:25

    I’ve made the blueberry muffins in that book a couple of times, but not the pecan sandies. Gotta try that one next!

  46. John Catapano
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 15:23:46

    I had no idea that these delicious cookies were so close to my house! I live at the foot of piedmont and I go taking pictures past this bakery, but never went inside. I sure will now!

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