Texas Chews

texas chews recipe

Texas Chews were the cookie we always made at Christmas to leave out for Santa, because everyone knows they are Santa’s favorite cookie, duh! My mom got the recipe from her mom who maybe got it off a Domino sugar box or from the Texas Pecan Commission. When I googled the recipe a couple weeks ago to find out more, I only saw three references in the whole internet and one of those was referencing me! Some people might also know these as Texas Chewies.

Okay, that’s enough facts.

These are a sticky, chewy bar cookie filled with pecans (and sometimes coconut) that have a butterscotch thing going on from all the brown sugar. You can make these with roasted peanuts instead of pecans if you want a more affordable cookie. Lord, pecans are expensive! If you use pecans, I suggest toasting them first. An extra step that’s not totally necessary, but it gives the bars more nuttiness to balance the sweetness. Likewise, if you use peanuts, use roasted ones.

Texas Chews are sturdy and long-lasting, making them a perfect cookie for mailing. Other cookies that work well for shipping are these cherry chocolate chip cookies and gingersnap cookies!

Texas Chews Recipe

texas chews recipe


Texas Chews

  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • 1⁄2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or peanuts
  • Optional: 1 cup coconut flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Combine all ingredients and pat into greased 9 x 13” pan.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  4. Cool 5 minutes in pan. Cut into bars while still warm, but allow to cool completely before trying to remove from the pan.

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  1. Susie Hinton on December 8, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I made these right after I got the recipe via email. They are delicious! And so easy! Almost gone! A new favorite! Thanks much!!

    • Hilah on December 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Fantastic!! 🙂 Thanks for the feedback, Susie

  2. 2pots2cook on December 13, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Love grandmothers’s stuff 🙂 Thank you and have a pleasant day !

  3. raemae9311 on December 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the tip about toasting the pecans. Will totally be doing that!

    • Hilah on December 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Yes! It’s such a good trick for any recipe with nuts

  4. Phyllis Flores on April 10, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Another recipe from my childhood that I thought was lost forever! We weren’t big fans of nuts in my house, so my mother substituted raisins for the nuts. Deliciousness in a pan.

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