Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Oatmeal & Pecans


I have been trying to find a new chocolate chip cookie recipe that I like as much as the one on the back of the Nestle bag. It’s tough, because it’s a darn good and consistent recipe, but I think I have a new favorite. I started with Ina’s recipe for Chocolate Chunk Cookies in Barefoot Contessa Parties!, and made a few modifications. I like pecans over walnuts for my cookies, and I threw in some oats for texture. These turned out better than I could have hoped, and had that nice balance of a slight crunch and chewy texture.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound, 4 sticks, unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Cups Oats
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Pecans
  • 24 oz. semisweet chocolate chunks

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350⁰.
  2. Cream the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  3. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter with the mixer on low speed, mixing only until combined.
  5. Add in oats and mix until combined.
  6. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chunks.
  7. Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1 3/4-inch-diameter ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Use the back of the scoop to flatten the dough slightly.
  8. Bake for exactly 15 minutes, the cookies will seem underdone, but that keeps them chewy. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

. . . that is only if you can resist the temptation of a warm chocolate chunk cookie and an ice cold glass of milk.

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