November 30, 2022

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Easy, one bowl, chewy & chunky chocolate cookies loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy pecans. 

Yield: 12 cookies
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Easy, one bowl, chewy & chunky chocolate cookies loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy pecans. 

 

We now have a chocolate chip pecan cookie recipe that is the double chocolate version of this one! I loved it so much last year I wanted to create something similar but that would emulate those fruit & nut chocolate bars more closely, making the dough itself chocolate. 

Key Recipe Ingredients 

 

Butter: European or american style is fine (the former will give you better spread and slightly richer flavor); be sure it’s unsalted. If you are using salted butter, reduce the salt by half. 

 

Flour: It’s best if you use a scale to measure the flour to be precise. If using a gluten-free 1-to-1 swap or oat flour, let the dough sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. 

 

Cocoa Powder: Natural or dutch cocoa powder; natural has a lighter color and flavor (it’s what’s pictured here) whereas dutch will be darker and richer, and will spread a bit more than what you see here. 

 

Nuts: If you don’t want pecans you can use any other nut (pistachios would be wonderful here!), you can also leave them out and just use the fruit. 

 

Dried fruit: I used dried cranberries but raisins or dried cherries work well here too. 

 

Preparing the Pecans for the double chocolate cookie dough 

It’s best to buy raw pecans and toast them yourself. I do this for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet at 350 F. If your pecans are roasted you should still toast them but just for 5-7 minutes. 

 

Another option is to candy the pecans, this is a great way to make them extra crunchy and flavorful: mix ½ – 1 cup pecans with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and ¼ tsp of a spice (I like using ginger but cinnamon, chinese five spice or cardamom works too!). YOu’ll bake them on a cookie sheet at 375 for about 15 minutes, turning them at the 7 minute mark. 

 

However you prepare your nuts, be sure to have them fully cool before adding to the cookie dough.  

 

Making & Storing the dough ahead of time 

You could make this dough and store it in the fridge ahead of time but preferably, especially if you are using natural cocoa, scoop the dough portions onto a plate and flash freeze them for 10 minutes, then transfer to a ziplock bag for longer storage. 

 

Troubleshooting double chocolate chip pecan cookies 

 

My cookies didn’t spread/My cookies spread too much! 

 

These issues come up most when the flour/butter measuring was off; they’ll spread more with less flour and more butter and vice versa. I provide scale measurements to avoid this. Using chopped chocolate encourages better spread in a cookie but these are likely to spread fine either way. Also, butter temperature can have an effect on the cookie spread: if it’s overly soft and nearly melty the cookies will spread more. 

 

These aren’t chocolaty enough. 

 

The chocolaty flavor will come from the type of cocoa chosen; natural cocoa has a lighter taste, dutch is much darker. I chose natural cocoa for these because there’s so much going in terms of the additions that I didn’t want the dough itself to be overwhelming. 

 

These are too sweet/not sweet enough. 

 

The added chopped chocolate you choose will have a big impact on sweetness; choose milk chocolate for sweeter (45% cocoa solids and below) and dark chocolate (at least 55% cocoa solids) if you don’t want it sweet.

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Recipe 

 

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Easy, one bowl, chewy & chunky chocolate cookies loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy pecans.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Yields: 12 cookies

Ingredients

  • 113g or ½ cup butter unsalted and softened
  • 200g or 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 50g or ½ cup cocoa powder natural or dutch
  • 115g or ¾ cup plus 2 TB all purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped chocolate
  • ½ cup pecans raw
  • ½ cup dried cranberries optional

Method

  • Do ahead: toast the pecans at 350 F for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two greased cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the salt, vanilla and baking soda and beat very well.
  • Crack in the egg and beat for 30 seconds. If the flour or cocoa powder is lumpy, sift them into the bowl, then beat to combine. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips and dried fruit if using.
  • Scoop onto prepared cookie sheets, for big cookies portion 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Add additional nuts or chocolate on top of the dough. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes (less if the cookies are smaller, more if the cookies are on the large side) until the cookies don’t look wet in the center.

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