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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

chocolate chip pecan cookies on white plate

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a yummy spin on a classic favorite. Loaded with chocolate chips and pecans, each bite will be packed full of flavor.

I have been using the same Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for 18 years. The recipe was inspired by a cooking class that I took during my junior year of high school. Over the years, I have made a few tweaks to it. This has mainly been due to me not having one ingredient or another, so I have substituted. As it turns out, with each substitution, my husband and I have liked the recipe a little more each time.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe gets rave compliments any time I bring them anywhere. Friends and family always request them for get-togethers, and my husband sometimes jokes that during our dating years, these cookies are what made him stay. Luckily, my evil plan worked! *wink*

SUGGESTIONS FOR BAKING CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN COOKIES

I have found that by using self-rising flour, it does give the cookies more rise, and they spread out slightly, creating a bigger cookie. It also provides the cookies a slightly saltier flavor, totally embracing the sweet and salty combination. After using self-rising flour by mistake once, I haven’t gone back to all-purpose again.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Another thing is that I always mix this cookie dough recipe by hand. Putting it in a mixer does something to the consistency, and the baked product turns out more cake-like. If you like cake-like cookies, this may be perfect for you. My husband and I prefer ours slightly doughy in the middle.

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When baking cookies, I always use my Anolon Cookie Sheet. I got this set 8 years ago, and each piece has held up wonderfully. The pans are heavier duty and are built to last. If taken care of, the pans won’t rust, and their nonstick surface holds up beautifully. When using the cookie sheet, I never have to grease the surface, and my chocolate chip pecan cookies always come right off. Although, I will admit that I sometimes line it with parchment paper if I am feeling lazy and want to avoid scrubbing it.

Hey, I’m only human!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are admittedly best fresh out of the oven. However, I do suggest waiting just a few minutes to avoid burning your mouth! The cooling process can be expedited by transferring them to a cooling rack. This also helps prevent the cookies from cooling too much and sticking to the cookie sheet.

The cookies will last 5-7 days if stored in an airtight container. To retain their freshness, put a slice of bread in the container with them or heat a few up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

For more cookie inspiration, check out my recipe for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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Serves: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a yummy spin on a classic favorite. Loaded with chocolate chips and pecans, each bite will be packed full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecan pieces

Instructions

1

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together butter flavored Crisco, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy

2

Stir in vanilla

3

Stir in eggs one at a time until well incorporated.

4

Stir in salt and baking powder

5

Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well

6

Mix in chocolate chips and pecans until incorporated throughout dough

7

Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake until tops are just starting to turn golden in color. roughly 8-10 minutes

8

Let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Ayleen French
    July 11, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I miss your chocolate chip cookies!!!

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      July 13, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Next time I am in Ohio, I’ll be sure to bring you a batch! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kimberlie
    July 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Who would’ve known that self rising flour could help with size and the sweet to salt ratio. Thanks for sharing your tip.

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      July 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

      It was surprising to me too, but a good, unexpected find! I’ll definitely be using it from now on. Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    July 13, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I haven’t tried self-rising flour but this sounds like a good recipe to start! Also normally don’t include pecans in chocolate chip cookies but can see it adding some great texture.

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      July 13, 2020 at 9:38 am

      I actually never had tried self-rising flour either until this last time. It was all the grocery store had when I was running low, so I picked up a bag. Turns out, I liked it better! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Boss Single Mama
    July 13, 2020 at 8:29 am

    These look great! I’ve never done chocolate chip cookies with pecans. Sounds like an interesting combination!

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      July 13, 2020 at 9:42 am

      The pecans really add a great flavor. If only nuts weren’t so expensive, huh? haha. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    Ivan Majhen
    July 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    This looks yummy and definitely will try to make it. Can I use almonds instead maybe?

    • Reply
      Ashley Kosky
      July 13, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      I haven’t tried using almonds myself, but I would imagine any type of nut would work really well. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you make them! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    LaRena Fry
    July 14, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    What a fantastic combination of chocolate and pecans. YUM!

  • Reply
    Beth Shields
    July 16, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    These look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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