Pecan Candy Cookies from the Kitchen of Sheila Thigpen

It's a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside cookie that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.
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Pecan Candy Cookies from the Kitchen of Sheila Thigpen

My Mamaw B moved in with us when I was a teenager and my time spent with her back then was priceless. While hanging out with Mamaw in the kitchen, I watched her put together plenty of delicious recipes and learned more about cooking—and life—than I realized at the time. She was kind and loving—as well as fun and reassuring—and always had a story to tell. She was a wonderful cook, a fierce Yahtzee player, and a godly Proverbs 31 woman for 95 years.

One of her traditions was to make candy and cookies to give to neighbors and friends during the holidays. She was known for her peanut butter roll candy, chocolate and peanut butter fudge, and these sweet and crispy Pecan Candy Cookies. With only four ingredients, Pecan Candy Cookies literally take only minutes to mix and bake. The base for the cookie is a brown sugar meringue that results in a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside bite-sized cookie that is especially nice with a cup of coffee or tea.

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  • 1 egg white stiffly beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour sifted
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a bowl, combine stiffly beaten egg white with brown sugar and flour, stirring gently. Gradually add pecan halves, stirring just until coated.
  3. Drop cookies 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet (each cookie should have 2-3 pecan halves).
  4. Bake for 10 minutes—DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR—then watch carefully. Bake 1-2 minutes more or until lightly browned.
  5. Allow cookies to cool about a minute before gently removing to a wire rack.
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Sheila Thigpen is the former operations director of a creative design agency. She "retired" in September 2018 to spend more time with her family and focus on her passions. She is a born and raised Southern girl now living in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the beautiful Smoky Mountains. She and her husband are empty nesters and are over-the-moon in love with their first granddaughter who arrived in December 2018. At Life, Love, and Good Food, Sheila focuses on creating quick and easy recipes for home cooks and families. Follow Sheila at, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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