Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies

I have been making these delicious cookies for my family for 15 years, they love the pecan and cardamom flavor.

Original recipe makes 3 dozen


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cardamom
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 tablespoons Butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    1 hr


    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1cup of butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Combine the flour, cardamom and salt; stir into the batter until it forms a soft dough. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle pecans over the top.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Prepare the frosting while the cookies bake.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat until it starts to brown. Remove from the heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle frosting onto the bars when warm. Cool, then cut into bars.


Calories: 122 kcal
Carbohydrates: 14.9 g
Cholesterol: 21 mg
Fat: 6.6 g
Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 1.1 g
Sodium: 91 mg