About this Recipe
Easy homemade cookies are one of the most versatile of dessert recipes. There are so many winning flavors and textures going on is this Gourmet chocolate chip cookie recipe. There is a step or two extra with the heating of the butter and the roasting of the pecans, but it is well worth the effort. Cookies have won the reputation, due to their diversity and ease of packing into a bag of being one of the most beloved snacks. Perfect when you are on a road trip, a hike, off to school or to work, nothing is simpler to pack than cookies.
1. Use real maple syrup.
2. When toasting the pecans, keep the heat low and don't walk away. Stir while they are roasting in the maple syrup.
3. Use a bittersweet dark chocolate chip. Camino brand is Fairtrade and organic and is 71%.
4. Don't remove the cookies from the baking sheets for a full 5 minutes as they continue to cook when taken from the oven.
5. When you make cookies, scoop them evenly in size so they will bake at the same time.
6. We experimented with these cookies at various temperatures. 350 - 375 and 400 degrees F. We have put the oven temperature at 375 degrees F. in the recipe below even though we ended up baking our cookies at 400 degrees F. which was the best temperature for our oven, given a soft inside and a little bit of browning on the outside. Oven temperatures vary up to 90 degrees. We strongly advise, to get to know you oven. Do a little bake test yourself at different temperatures and find the temperature that works best with your oven. All three temperatures worked fine and the cookies came out good, difference being, we like a golden brown finish on our baking and we only were able to achieve that when we turned up the heat. There was not a lot of other difference to the texture of the cookie.
Makes 52 cookies
1/8 cup real maple syrup
1 cup raw pecans
2 sticks salted butter, at room temperature (1 cup)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups bittersweet dark chocolate chips 71% cacao
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Add the maple syrup to a small frying pan, stir in the pecans. Cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes until a very light golden brown. Remove from the heat. Dump onto a wooden cutting board to stop the cooking process. Let cool a few minutes, then chop into small pieces.
4. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a small frying pan and let it cook until it browns very slightly. Cook 2-3 minutes. Shut off, transfer to a larger bowl to let cool to room temperature.
5. In a large mixing bowl, we used our stand up mixer, beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter for 2-3 minutes to cream. Add the cooled browned butter, brown sugar and sugar and beat to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for 3-4 minutes until well combined.
6. Stir the baking soda into the flour. Add the flour, a little bit at a time to creamy mixture. Beat in on low speed until you have all the flour incorporated. Add the pecans and chocolate chips and beat in to combine.
7. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon form dough balls from the cookie batter and place onto the baking sheet leaving one inch on all sides all around.
8. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 8 minutes.
9.Remove and leave on the baking sheet for 5 more minutes to allow them to continue to cook on the hot sheet.
10.Move the baked cookies onto a cooling rack. Once cooled put into a container with a lid that seals.
Pecan nuts are easily digested when chewed, high in unsaturated fats and loaded in enzymes. Unsaturated fat is the 'good one'. Pecan are often chosen for baking because of their flavor. They work well not only in desserts like cookies and pies, they are often used as a substitution for meat in making a meatless patty. Pecan Pie is probably one of the most popular desserts for pecans.
Pecan trees can grow very big and up to 150 feet tall and even more but the average height is 70 to 100 feet. The trunk of a mature tree can have a diameter of over 3 feet. It takes 12 years of growing time before pecan trees are mature, but this tall and majestic tree can live up to 200-300 years.
Pecans are native to the states of Georgia and Texas and also to Northern Mexico. The pecan is considered a sweet nut in flavor. They are also very oil and must be kept refrigerated to stay fresh. The shelled pecan, because of its oily composition means they can go off and become rancid if left in warmer temperatures for any length of time.
Are you a fan of food gifting? If you haven't become a part of this trend, cookies are a great place to start. Make a nice batch of your favorite cookie recipe and you can purchase a great reusable container which becomes a gift in itself and fill it with fresh baked cookies. Cookies are a good choice because they last several days and there are not too many people that wouldn't love to receive a whole bin of homemade cookies. You can also print out and include the recipe in the package.