Pumpkin Pecan Sandie Cookie Sandwiches

Pecan sandies filled with pumpkin frosting and topped with melted caramels and a pecan half.  

They always say... we are our own worst critics. 

I am a pessimist deep down. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time or have gotten to know me in person. I'm sure you can all have figured that out by now.
I'm currently in a nasty negative streak. I'm being overly critical  of myself in all aspects of my life. Holding myself to standards that no one else does. I think what it all comes down to, is I need me time and I need to relax. 

For moms, do you find this to be true for you too? I feel like all hours of the day I can't catch my breath. Between the three kids and my husband I never get a single moment to just sit. There are days I wish I had a job outside of the house..... just so I can have a 15 minute car ride that is nothing but quiet!

My day starts pretty early (5:30-6am) From the moment my alarm sets off I'm in a rush to get my husband ready for work (pick out his clothes, pack his lunch, make coffee, and then be his personal alarm clock... he likes his sleep),   my oldest son ready and off to school (dressed, fed, lunch/bags packed), then the two younger kids fed/entertained. This 1.5 hours of chaos sets the tone for my day. I start off on a bad foot and I allow it to carry on to the rest of the day. 

While taking care of the two younger kids during the day, I try to do as much blog stuff as I can fit in and do house work. Lets be real though, you can not accomplish anything with two or three kids on your heals at all times. There are no nap times to catch up. No moments of lets just be still. And no family members near by to lend a helping hand. The only moment I accomplish anything is after  8pm when they are all in bed. This is when I make the husband his dinner ( he arrives home after the kids are in bed), write a blog post, and clean the house. I don't make it to bed most nights until 11-12pm. 

On a good day I'm functioning on 5-6 hours of sleep.

No wonder I am such a flipping mess all the time. 

I hear people tell me all the time to enjoy these years while I can, because they will fly by. But I feel like I can't catch my breath long enough to just sit back and enjoy, ya know? 

These people are delusional. Time has a way of making you forget. If you truly want to say that right now... you obviously have no idea how tired you were when your kids were that young. Just like I can't remember every detail of how miserable I probably was during pregnancy or the newborn years. So if you all don't back off, I might smoosh a cupcake in your face.

Tomorrow is Saturday. This is break time for most of you right? Well typically my husband has to work. However his new job gives him every other Saturday or Sunday off... which I find to be a total luxury. So tomorrow, I have made it clear. I am sleeping. I need to sleep. I might stay in my PJs and do nothing but watch Nashville on my computer ALL DAY LONG. The husband and the kids are on their own. If anyone messes with my me time... I will probably break stuff. Husband if you are reading this (which I know are) Don't mess with my freaking ME time tomorrow! 

Now on to sunny, pretty, yummy things. It's all flowers and unicorns for the rest of my post I promise.

Sandies were always a cookie I never gave much thought to. I always thought of them as plain. Now that I have made them at home, I am obsessed with them. They are so simple and so delicious. So much butter flavor and all those toasty pecans, YUM. What's not to love?

When you sandwich some pumpkin frosting between two sandies and top them with melted caramel you just won the jack pot. 

Pumpkin Pecan Sandie Cookie Sandwiches


1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2-2 cups  powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
12 whole pecans for topping
1/2 cup chopped caramels 


Preheat oven to 350. 
In the bowl of your electric mixer cream butter and brown sugar together until light an fluffy.

On medium speed mix in vanilla, flour and chopped pecans. Mix until the dough comes together into a ball.

On parchment paper lined cookie sheets roll 30ish equal sized balls (about 1-1.5 tbs of dough). Place cookies 2 inches apart and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow cookies to cool to room temperature. 

To prepare  your frosting mix pumpkin,salt, vanilla  and powdered sugar together 1/4 cup at at time until it is to your desired thickness. 

Spread over once cookie and sandwich with a second cookie.

Melt caramels on in a small pan over low/medium heat with about a tsp of water. Once smooth. Dollop or drizzle over the top of the cookie sandwiches. Place pecan half in the center of each sandwich. Allow to cool and enjoy. 



  1. I completely know what you're talking about, seriously I do so stick to the plan tomorrow!! Sometimes I just leave for that drive around but I usually end up in a grocery store for some weird reason LOL!

  2. Oh Carrie, I'm sorry to hear that you're in such a negative mind set right now. Seriously, I don't know how you do it. You're superwoman and even though you feel like you're struggling, you're doing such an amazing job with the kids, maintaining a household, being a wife, and being an incredible blogger/baker/writer/photographer. How the heck do you do it all?! I can barely keep it together with just one job, no kids (except my furbaby) and I'm lucky enough to have a husband who helps out. Sigh. Anyways, enjoy your day of sleep because you totally deserve it. Wake up and eat a few of these delicious cookie sandwiches!

  3. I am a rather pessimistic person too. It drives my mom crazy and she tries to chill me out but it's tough. I just keep hoping clarity will come one day.

    Like with these cookies! The frosting is genius! I want to make a huge batch and put it on everything.

  4. I have issues with maintaining my life as is, I can't imagine doing it with three kids too, you're a strong woman!
    These pumpkin pecan sandies look crazy good, this recipe has been saved!