Gluten Free Pecan Sandies Recipe

Gluten Free Pecan Sandies Recipe

Pecan Sandies are a favorite old-timey cookie that I had never made in my pre-gluten-free days. I was so happy to be able to create a gluten free Pecan Sandies recipe so that we could enjoy them anytime!


Most of my recipes requiring flour use my gfJules™ All Purpose Flour as the only flour, to avoid the expense and frustration of having to find, buy and store multiple gluten-free flours for different recipes.  Every so often though, a recipe comes along that requires something my flour doesn’t have – grit.

Recipes like graham crackers and pecan sandies are supposed to be gritty, so we have to resort to adding gritty rice flour to create that classic taste.  You can certainly make this recipe without running to the store to get rice flour (just use an equal amount of my gfJules™ All Purpose Flour), but expect a smoother tasting cookie.

gluten free pecan sandies cookies

Enjoy this blast from the past cookie anytime, now that you have an awesome gluten free recipe!

gluten free pecan sandies

Gluten Free Pecan Sandies Recipe

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes



Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla, yogurt and egg, beating until light and thoroughly mixed.  Finally, mix in the gluten free flours and chopped pecans.

Refrigerate the dough until cold, at least 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F (static) or 325 F (convection).

Scoop tablespoons of the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, flattening the balls of dough slightly.  The final product will look very much coming out of the oven like it did going in, so make it pretty!

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and slightly browned (baking longer makes crispier cookies).  Cool for 5 minutes slightly before removing from baking sheet.

Gluten Free and even Vegan Pecan Sandies like you remember! Bringing back a classic! gfJules


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21 thoughts on “Gluten Free Pecan Sandies Recipe

  1. Hi Jules!
    Can I substitute 1/4 cup almond flour for the white rice flour? Also, is there a formula for making up a batch of self rising flour using your GF flour blend? Thank you!

    • Hi Sandra, you should be able to use almond flour in place of the white rice flour ingredient here; I haven’t tried it myself, but it will likely be tastier, but heavier, if that makes sense. Regarding the self-rising flour question, sure thing! You can always check my FAQs for info like that (it’s at the top of every page with the ? icon). I’ve copied that info for you here though to make it easy 🙂
      1 cup gfJules Flour
      1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
      1/2 tsp. salt
      Whisk together and store in a sealed container.

  2. I love your recipes but as I live in England I don’t have access to many of your ingredients or I don’t know what the equivalent item is called over here. Would it be possible for you to help with these problems?
    PS I think your flour is wonderful and it has made gluten free food delicious again! ❤️

    • Hi Janice, I hope this article helps you! It’s all about gluten free flours and should help you find equivalents available in England. So you know though, we do ship my gfJules Flour and mixes to England if you select international shipping at checkout! Enjoy my recipes and if you have specific questions I can help with, please let me know; I’m happy to help however I can!

  3. I just made this recipe. My main comment is that it really needs something like xantham gum to stop the cookies from falling apart. Maybe the recommended flour blend already contains it, but I couldn’t find a list of the ingredients so that was a mystery. Maybe if you put a note in about that it would help. I already had Gluten-free flour at home so ordering another blend without knowing what it contains wasn’t logical. Do you ship to Canada? I’ve found the hard way that getting items shipped to Canada can be prohibitively expensive when you add the customs surcharge (a nefarious money-grabbing scheme if there ever was one!) to the shipping charges it’s disappointing. Really, small businesses are so important on both sides of the border. Anyway, off the soap-box – the cookies are very good but I’ll add a gum next time.

    • Hi Ann, I’m glad you tried the recipe but I’m sure you’re right in that it didn’t perform as well without using my gfJules Flour Blend (which already contains xanthan gum). We DO ship to Canada; the first 10lbs of product tend to be expensive, but after that it’s super cheap to add to your order. Most of our Canadian customers plan ahead and order lots to spread the shipping across more products and make it affordable — some even combine orders with friends to get more products across the border for less. Here’s another article on flour blend comparisons that might help you next time you try this recipe (or others) if you don’t have my gfJules Flour:

  4. What can I use instead if yogurt? Cannot have dairy or soy.also no almond or rice yogurt. Please advise. Thank. You.

    • Hi Marcie, can you use coconut yogurt? That’s the best here, but since it’s only 2 Tbs., you could use applesauce instead. Let me know how they turn out!

  5. I don’t see how you can claim that your gluten free flour doesn’t already have “grit”. Aside from starch, it is made up of three types of rice flour! I’m not saying it’s not a useful flour blend. Like all gluten free flour blends, it has its uses and its limitations. I used it in a recipe for oreo cookies and my coworkers said it was as if I had made the cookies from sand. I agree. Next time I will try using only a portion of your blend combined with a more mealy or cakey flour, like almond, coconut, or sorghum.

    • Hi Kay, maybe you’re thinking of another blend? My flour only has a very small portion of very finely ground white rice flour. There is no other rice flour in the mix. It’s a fine blend akin to a regular cake flour, so perhaps you have it confused with another kind of all purpose GF flour? I hope you get to try mine sometime – it’s smooth and fine and definitely has no grit! :)

    • Marika – there is a “print this post” link at the bottom of each recipe. That should allow you to print. Hope that works for you!

  6. I just ordered your flour after reading so many rave reviews- I cant wait for it to come! My husband has just been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance last month and I have been baking up a gluten free storm ever since… my kitchen has become a science lab! I am really excited to try your flour and these cookies… they will knock his socks off if they are as good as they look.

  7. Wow! I just made them. I used greek yogurt. The dough tasted like it had sour cream in it and it was divine! The baked cookies are light and very good…but the dough is…oh, so much better. Thanks for the recipe!