Small Batch Pecan Macaroon

Pecan Macaroons

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Small Batch Pecan Macaroon

These cookies are crispy, chewy, and buttery, yet made with only four ingredients. They’re gluten-free and dairy-free if you need it, and so good you won’t care if you don’t. You’ll also love that they are small-batch,  good and good for you — and made in the food processor!

Small Batch Pecan Macaroon

Macaron vs Macaroon

French macarons (pronounced “mack-ah-ROHN”) are sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, sugar, and almond meal.  They are often brightly colored, prissy little sandwiched cookies. Macaroons (pronounced “mack-ah-ROON”) are mostly seen around Passover and are made from egg white, sugar, and grated coconut.

However, there is a third French macaroon known as macaron rustique or macaron à l’ancienne. They are descended from almendrados, a Spanish almond cookie. Jewish culinary authority Joan Nathan wrote in the New York Times that almendrados date from the 15th century or earlier. I love that sort of food history!

It was this third type of macaroon that inspired my Small Batch Pecan Macaroon. (Yes, I will admit I’d been hoping to post them for Passover, but I am not always the woman I wish I was and these cookies are delicious, regardless.)

Small Batch Pecan Macaroon

Georgia Grown

Being a Georgia girl, I love pecans. I grew up in the middle of pecan, peanut, cotton, and peach country.I always feel true sorrow and empathy when I consider just how many people have not had a properly Southern-grown, fresh, properly stored pecan. A famous French rock star pastry chef I follow on Instagram showed terrible, dry, rancid-nasty pecans in a reel. I DM-ed him so that I could send him some. He did not respond. Truly his loss.


An Ounce of Prevention

Nuts are part of a well-rounded diet. According to the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard School of Medicine, nuts are a powerhouse of good nutrition that can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they’re a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to pack when you’re on the go. I always have pecans and peanuts on hand.

Studies have shown the health benefits of nuts which contain monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, copper, protein, fiber,  and antioxidant phytochemicals. They’ve been shown to play an important role in helping to lower “bad” cholesterol levels and raise “good” cholesterol levels. In addition, they can help dilate blood vessels and prevent hardening of the arteries.

Small Bakes

Another part of my healthy eating plan and sharing good-and-good-for-you recipes is creating recipes with smaller yields. Small bakes are a thing! I baked a batch, reserved them and now have them in the freezer.  It’s nice to have a little something sweet around the house, but not so much that you get tired of it or it goes bad.

Enter  “Small Bakes” and “Small Batch” cookies and desserts. It’s super practical and limits temptation. Having a small batch of homemade cookies around, especially ones that store and freeze well works well for me.

Although not gluten-free, I have been working with almond flour and peanut powder or flour, so I thought I also needed to give pecan flour a try. However, almond flour and peanut powder or flour are widely available and pecan flour is not. Therefore, this recipe starts with pecan halves, not flour or meal. And, boom. The entire recipe is prepared in the food processor. It couldn’t be easier.

Pointing Things Out

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoy it! These cookies come in at 2.6 WW points with or without the one extra pecan so I round up to 3 blue points per cookie.

I want to clarify that I am sharing what has worked for me. I am not a doctor or a registered dietician. Also, I hope these recipes are helpful in your health. I will also say this is not ALL about weight loss. It’s about HEALTH GAIN. For me, it’s been about becoming healthy and strong.

You can do it.

Bon Appétit, Y’all

Virginia Willis

Small Batch Pecan Macaroon

Small Batch Pecan Macaroon
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Small Batch Pecan Macaroons

Although, I love these splendidly fragrant with floral cardamon you could also use ground cinnamon a dash of vanilla extract.
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French, Southern
Keyword: macaroon, macaron, cookie,
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 60kcal


  • 1 ½ cups pecan halves about 6 ounces, plus more for garnish.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamon
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg white


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicone baking mat. Place the pecans, sugar, cardamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until finely ground and combined. Add egg white and pulse to combine.
  • Using a 1-tablespoon ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet about 1-inch apart.
  • You can bake these cookies 1 of 3 ways: Scooped and plain; scooped and flattened with the bottom of a moistened glass; or scooped, flattened, and topped with an additional pecan half.
  • Bake until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet to a rack to cool slightly before transferring the individual cookies to the rack to cool completely. Store the cookies for up to 1 week in a sealable airtight container.


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. Virginia is a Beard award-winning cookbook author, chef, content creator, and motivational speaker. She has lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. Because of her own health journey, she is a cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes to feel healthier and happier. Her experience inspired her to launch “Good and Good for You” a lifestyle brand rooted in culinary that shares health and wellness content through digital channels; public speaking; and print media. Fans love her approachable spirit and friendly down-to-earth style. For more information visit

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