Chocolate Chip Maple-Pecan Cookies
These cookies are outrageously wonderful, they bake out to the perfect texture!!! You can sub walnuts for pecans, melted cooled butter for these, not softened butter! You can shape the cookie batter and then freeze to be baked at a later time.
- Ready In:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup melted butter, cooled slightly (no subs!)
- 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 teaspoons maple extract (can use a teaspoon less)
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 3⁄4 cup chopped pecans
- Set oven to 375°.
- Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat melted butter with both sugars on high speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes).
- Add in eggs one at a time then egg yolk beating until creamy.
- Beat in the maple extract.
- Reduce the speed to low and add in the flour mixture until JUST blended.
- Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
- Chill the dough for about 2 hours until semi-firm, or up to 24 hours.
- You can scoop the dough onto baking sheets and freeze to use later if desired.
- Scoop about 1/4-cup batter onto cookie sheet, leaving about 3-inches apart.
- Flatten mounds into 3-inch rounds using moistened palm of your hand.
- Repeat with remaining cookies (you will have to use two baking sheets for this and bake in two separate batches).
- Bake 1 sheet at a time for about 13-15 minutes.
- Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool and continue with remaining cookies.
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We love these cookies! Been making them for years. They are quite perfect and the unusual size makes it look as if they came straight out of a bakery. I like to make them with white chocolate chips and cranberries as well. I'm not sure about the question whether melted butter is needed but frankly I find it easier because I always seem to forget to take butter out of the fridge in time.
I won a cookie contest at a local fall fair with this recipe! They are huge, though. DH thought they were like store-bought. Best results if baked in a dark metal pan. Not sure why it requires starting with melted butter then an extensive mixing time with the sugars, during which time it cools down but the sugar does not dissolve of course. Seems it would be faster and less work to use softened butter. Any comments on that?
I won a cookie competition with this recipe at a local fall fair! I topped each with a pecan half. These are huge and chewy if not overbaked. Use a dark metal pan for best results, or bake longer if you have to use a glass pan. Not sure why the recipe uses melted butter and such a long time creaming it with the sugars (the sugars do not dissolve), during which time it cools down - seems it would be faster and less work to simply start with softened butter. Comments on this anyone?