One of the many benefits of making pecan sandies at home is that you can decide to make them as large as you want—no more cookies the size of half dollars. Pecan sandies have a richness that comes from both the molasses used to make brown sugar and the butter and pecans that make up most of the cookie dough. Not dissimilar from shortbread, pecan sandies are cookies that are made by a simple mix of butter, sugar, and flour. Cookies of this kind are firm and crumbly, as opposed to the gooey or cakey cookies that have some other kind of liquid ingredients like milk or eggs. However, pecan sandies are not your average shortbread. The ratio of pecans to flour is 1:1.5, meaning that pecans are packed into this cookie dough to give as much added flavor and texture as they can. Unlike many recipes for this cookie, our recipe calls for you to toast the pecans before you add them to the cookie dough—we do this to enhance the nuttiness of the pecans, further helping the ingredient flavor the cookie dough. Vanilla extract is also an important ingredient in the dough, as it is a typical flavoring used for shortbread, and we throw in a touch of cinnamon to further deepen the pecan flavor. Now, get to baking and enjoy the sweet reward of making pecan sandies for yourself!