Gullah Brown-Sugar Pecan Chewies

Gullah Brown-Sugar Pecan Chewies

These old-fashioned nut candies are my version of Charleston Chews.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield16 Servings
  • Cooking Method
    • Boiling
    • Simmer


  • 1/4 cup butter, plus softened butter for pan
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting



Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish with softened butter. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat, then add the brown sugar and vanilla and almond extract, and stir until smooth. Stir in egg.


Whisk together flour and baking powder, then fold into the brown sugar mixture. Fold in pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool, then sift confectioners’ sugar on top. Cut into 16 squares.

Comments (4)

  • Thank you Miss Brown – these are FABULOUS!! Everyone’s favorite cookies at our house now & a great recipe. I make ours GF (& get some protein) by using 1/2 Almond flour & 1/2 GF flour mix, also can add chopped chocolate or chips in addition to pecans. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes…when we can stop making these incredible cookies!

  • My husband and put these together in no time; to satisfy an afternoon sweet craving.
    They were delicious and will make them again. Thank you for posting this and sharing your culture with us.

    AnneMarie Stader
  • Hi Kardea, Those pecan cheques look wonderful! Did you make a sangria type drink last week with peaches, strawbebrries & blueberries? I would really love that recipe if I could get it! Tysm, You are an awesome person & chef!!

    Mary Gurley
  • Awesome


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