Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies will become your new go-to Christmas cookie. Browned butter chocolate chip and pecan cookies are sprinkled with a pinch of salt before baking for a delicious sweet and salty combination.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Millican Pecans. All opinions are my own.
OMG, these cookies! I've probably made them five times in the past couple of months because they are just so delicious! I love a good salty and sweet combination and these Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies totally hit that mark. Adding pecans to chocolate chip cookies is pretty common, but what really takes these cookies over the edge is the browned butter and the sprinkle of kosher salt.
WHAT ARE SALTED CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIES?
Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies are a chocolate chip cookie made even better. Browned butter creates the base of the cookie, adding a slightly nutty flavor to it. Which is enhanced by the pecans, and then the sprinkle of salt on top makes them even more incredible. They're a soft, slightly chewy cookie.
HOW TO BROWN BUTTER
Browned butter creates a toasted nutty flavor to everything it is added to, so it's perfect for these cookies. Browning butter takes some time, but it is easy to do.
- Melt unsalted butter over medium high heat.
- Swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter doesn't burn.
- Turn the heat down to medium once there is a foam on top.
- Keep swirling.
- The butter will turn brown. Once you smell the nutty aroma, remove it from the heat and transfer it to an heat safe bowl.
CAN I FREEZE SALTED CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIES?
Yes! Once the dough is mixed up, you can keep it in the fridge for 5 days before baking or 1 month in the freezer. To bake cookies from frozen dough, let it thaw in the fridge until it is manageable and then bake as directed below. To freeze baked cookies, cool them completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then store in an air-tight container for up to 2 months.
SALTED CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIE INGREDIENTS
- Browned Butter
- Brown Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Chocolate Chips
- Millican Pecans, chopped
- Kosher Salt
SALTED CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIE DIRECTIONS
- Brown the butter. Transfer to a heat safe dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Mix wet ingredients. Transfer the chilled brown butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
- Add dry to wet. Slowly add the flour mixture into the stand mixer until fully incorporated.
- Add goodies. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans until fully mixed into the batter.
- Scoop out the cookies. Portion dough into golf ball sized balls (about 2 inches) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.
- Bake the cookies. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
My coworkers inhaled these cookies. My family inhaled these cookies. I barely managed to restrain myself from inhaling these cookies. You pretty much need them in your life.
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- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- kosher salt for sprinkling
Brown the Butter
- Add butter to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Swirl it frequently so the butter does not burn.
- After the butter begins to foam, reduce the heat to medium and continue swirling.
- When the butter has turned brown and has a nutty aroma, remove it from the heat.
- Transfer to an heat safe bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
For the Cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Combine the chilled brown butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until fully combined and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture until a soft dough forms.
- Mix in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
- Scoop out golf-ball sized balls of dough and place on the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
- Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.