Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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As a parent, one of the worst things to deal with is a sick child.  Especially when they’re young and can’t really tell you what’s going on.  Our little guy has been under the weather and it’s been awful having to see him hurting and not really knowing what to do.  A trip to the doctor revealed he had strep and the other night we just couldn’t do anything to make him comfortable.  Luckily, Jack is old enough now to tell us it was his throat, but being that he had recently had some ibuprofen, there just wasn’t much we could do.  We tried rocking him, walking around with him, getting him to drink something, we even tried some of those throat lozenge suckers.  He was just about inconsolable.  He finally told us he wanted to get in Mommy and Daddy’s bed.  Now, this is something Heather and I have tried to avoid for fear of him getting too used to sleeping with us.  But this seemed an extenuating circumstance, so we all piled up in our bed.   Shortly there after, he was sound asleep.  A though I was about to sweat through my pillow with a 103 degree 2-year-pressed against me like a vice grip, I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.  It was so comforting to me knowing that he was quietly sleeping there next to me.

What is it about your parents’ bed that has always been so comforting?  As a child I remember that bad dreams and sicknesses always meant a night in my parents’ bed.  I always felt so safe there.  Even as an adult, there are days when I just want to throw my hands up in the air and run and crawl in the bed with my mama.  Where’s your safe place?

Another thing that is always comforting, is a warm chocolate chip cookie.  And though it seems every person has a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I knew Southern Bite had to have one too.  This is the recipe I use most.  I made these for my little guy today.  These kinds of recipes always make you feel loved, don’t they?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugars together until combined.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and gradually stir into butter/sugar mixture.
  3. Once combined, stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  4. Spoon dough onto ungreased  cookie sheet (or one lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper) in 1 tablespoon amounts.  I love a cookie scoop like the one below for this task (I got this one from the dollar bin at Target).
  5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Makes about 4 dozen.

Here's my little sous chef! I wish he was feeling as good as he did when I took this pic!

 

 

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Instructions

Cream butter and sugars together until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and gradually stir into butter/sugar mixture.

Once combined, stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheet (or one lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper) in 1 tablespoon amounts.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes about 4 dozen.

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Comments

  1. Bless his heart!!! Hope he’s feeling better soon!!!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  2. Poor baby! I hope he’s feeling better soon.
    I SO love a chocolate chip cookie with pecans. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t like nuts in things! Clearly, something is wrong. I have to make two batches of everything. The good kind and the nutless kind.

  3. Bless his little heart. Yes, it is harsh when we can’t do anything for them. Such a helpless feeling, glad he got some rest with his Mama and Daddy. I remember anytime a storm came going to my parent’s room, we weren’t allowed in bed, but just sleeping in the floor made me feel better. Safe. Does your recipe yield a cakey cookie or a flat one?

    • For the most part, it’s a more cakey, chewy cookie. This can change based on the heat of your oven and the consistency of your dough, though.

  4. Poor little cutie. I bet with the cookies and meds, he is all well again! Chocolate chip pecan cookies make everything better. I would hate to have to chose between these and your pecan chewies for my favorite cookie!

  5. Oh what a cutie! Bless his heart, I hope he feels good real soon. What wonderful parents this little cutie has to be able to feel safe with Mama and Daddy in their big bed and then have a little treat for comfort that Daddy has made especially for him. Your little man sure is a cutie pie. I love chocolate chip cookes but am afraid if I bake them at 375 degrees they won’t turn out for me. I normally bake my cookies at 350 degrees. I just don’t have any luck baking cookies if its over 350 degrees, they turn out hard for some reason. Will they still turn out the same if I bake them at 350 degrees?

    • Hi Betty! You’re welcome to try them at 350, it may just take little longer. The 375 temp combined with a ball of dough creates a crispy outside and chewy inside. Let me know how it works at 350 just so I’ll know! Thanks!

  6. Not that this is timely, but I thought 350 was the “standard” cookie baking temperature too. I gave 375 a shot but at 10 minutes they were already getting a tad darker/crunchier on the outside than I like, so I turned it down to ~360 and they came out perfect!

  7. Thank you sooo much. They we’re delicious and my family loved them. Great recipe!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips and I added a bit of flaxseed meal. The cookies are delicious!

  9. 375 is a little too high to bake cookies, so I baked these at 350 and they were really good. I used a tsp of vanilla-butter emulsion instead of just vanilla…….they were awesome!

  10. I just have to tell you, I make these cookies (minus the pecans) all the time for family parties and people go crazy for them! This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!! thank you!! xx I baked them at 360 for 10 minutes and they were heavenly!

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