Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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Oh, hi there! Remember me? It’s been a minute since I’ve a) been around and b) shared a new recipe, but despite my little break from blogging, I’ve been doing some recipe work behind the scenes and I’m real excited to be “back in the saddle” as they say.

One day, not too long ago, I was hanging out with Mad at our cabin (which we call Big Forest, by the way) and she suggested we bake some cookies. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity and asked her what kind we should bake?

She wanted chocolate chip, but as I was rifling through my baking drawer, I spied some leftover pecans.

You guessed it, chocolate chip pecan cookies coming right up!

A pretty stack of cookies spread out on a dark wooden board with pecans scattered

About these chocolate chip pecan cookies though

I’ve been really into brown sugar cookies lately; the chew they have is unmatched, so these chocolate chip pecan cookies are made with mostly brown sugar. They are a thick, chewy cookie with crispy edges, and big chunks of milk chocolate and pecans on the inside. My gosh, they are GOOD!

A closeup of the cookie showing the cracked top and some chocolate chips in a small bowl

The short list of ingredients

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Unbleached flour
  • Milk chocolate (or chips)
  • Pecans
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Chocolate chip pecan cookies sitting on a rack with a small bowl of chocolate chips and pecans

Making these chocolate chip pecan cookies

  1. To make these chocolate chip pecan cookies, you start by creaming the butter and sugars together for a few minutes by hand, until it’s nice and smooth. You can, if you must, use a mixer, but there’s just something about doing it by hand. #theoldfashionedway
  2. After the butter and sugars are smooth, you’ll add the wet ingredients and mix them to combine well.
  3. Toss in the baking soda and salt and stir.
  4. Add the flour, half at a time, mixing until just combined. Try not to over-mix the dough.
  5. Fold in the milk chocolate and the pecans, again until just combined.
  6. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and bake for 10-ish minutes.
A bunch of cookies on a wooden board one broken in half showing the inside

As they bake, these cookies will puff up just a tad, but as they’re resting on the baking sheet after cooking, they’ll fall and this will create the most perfect cracked and crispy tops you’ve ever seen.

I highly recommend eating one or three right out of the oven, that’s when they’re at their very best. Mmmm!

Questions about this recipe

Yes! The cookies freeze and thaw excellently. Just make sure they’re stored in an airtight container before popping them in the freezer.

Yes! You can use any nut you prefer and if you want to omit them completely, just add 1/3 cup more chocolate chips instead.

I’m not skilled in baking at high altitude, so I can’t make any recommendations, but you may find this article to be helpful.

The short answer is, no. You want the butter to be really soft, but not at all melted, which is nearly impossible to achieve using the microwave. It’s better to set the butter out on the counter a couple of hours ahead of time and be patient.

A bunch of cookies on a wooden board one broken in half showing the inside

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

A thick and chewy brown sugar based chocolate chip pecan cookie with perfectly cracked tops.
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Kristine
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, unbleached
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until smooth.
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, and milk and stir to combine.
  • Mix in baking soda and sea salt.
  • Add flour, half at a time, mixing until just combined.
  • Fold in milk chocolate and chopped pecans.
  • Using a 2 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cookies will puff up slightly while baking, but will fall when cooling. Remove cookies from the oven as soon as the tops start to brown, avoid over-baking.
  • Let cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze.
Notes
Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 cookie | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.2g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 121mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 17mg
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20 Comments

  1. kushigalu says:

    These cookies are amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m very happy to be back in the kitchen and sharing recipes again. More to come, for sure!

  2. These cookies are so yummy. Chocolate chips and pecans are one of my favorite combinations and these were to die for!

    1. Thank you so much, Anjali! So glad you enjoyed them; we sure do!

  3. A stack of these cookies never last long in my home! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    1. Haha same here, Shashi! I think that means we should just bake more, right?

  4. We made these pecan cookies today, and our kids loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I love it; I’m so glad to hear it. You bet, I’ll keep ’em coming!

  5. MacKenzie says:

    I love the combination of pecans and chocolate chips. I couldn’t wait to try this recipe and the cookies were really good!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them, MacKenzie! They didn’t last long over here haha.

  6. Chocolate and pecans are the perfect combo! My kids love these and smells so good when you bake them!

    1. Oh my gosh, they really do smell heavenly Mirlene! Thanks so much!

  7. The perfect cookie! The combo of pecans and chocolate is perfection!

  8. Chocolate and pecans are just a delicious flavor combination and these cookies certainly didn’t disappoint! We will be making them again soon!

    1. Thank you so much, Gwynn! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed them.

  9. The combination of chocolate chips and pecans is magical!. My kids will love this recipe so bookmarked for the weekend.

    1. Perfect! A weekend of baking sounds right up my alley Amanda. I hope you love the cookies and have a fun time making them!

  10. I made these cookies last night and my family devoured them! Our new favorite cookie recipe!

    1. Winner! This is the best comment of the day, Tayler! I’m so glad you enjoyed them (as much as we do). 😁