Chocolate Pecan Cookies

My girls have been busy all week writing out Valentines for their classmates. Attaching the temporary tattoos and sealing them with red heart stickers is serious business. They’ve made careful decisions on which card is going to which teacher, who is to get pink, and who gets blue. It’s kinda cute to see their minds tackle the simple project of Valentine’s Day cards!

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Do you remember Valentine’s Day as a kid? I still love the Necco heart candies! But as a kid I loved making the Valentine holder that hung from my desk and passing out my valentines to friends. And there was always games like “L-O-V-E” bingo and seven-up! Some days I am honestly jealous that my girls get to do all that fun stuff and I don’t!

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Every year Pat gets our girls a box of chocolates {and every year I wonder where’s mine?!} but since I’m working over the weekend, not that we usually make a huge deal over this holiday, I decided why not bake up a bunch of yummy cookies for us? Really it’s any excuse to taste test this recipe that I found in my February 2011 issue of Bon Appétit magazine. They were featuring lots of yummy recipes using cocoa, and it was really hard to choose which one I was going to try first… but my eyes and stomach kept coming back to this cookie recipe.

If I had to describe these cookies in three words it would be…




Yeah… this recipe has all three. Let’s review.

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Here is what you need to make these yummy cookies!!

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Start out with chopping about 4 ounces of pecans.

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That should equal about a cup of chopped pecans. Set aside.

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You are also going to need 3 tablespoons of natural high fat cocoa, measured and leveled.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

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Whisk until combined and set aside for a sec.

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In a large bowl, combine melted butter, light brown sugar and white sugar.

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Add in the light corn syrup.

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The teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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And the two tablespoons of whole milk.

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Whisk until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.

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Add half of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.

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Mix and then add in the rest of the flour ingredients. You might start to think this is impossible to mix… but keep going.

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Phew!!Technically since there isn’t egg in this you could totally eat this raw! Not that I did that… or did I?

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Add in the chopped pecans.

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Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

In the mean time I noticed my dog. Doing what he does best. Napping.

So I crept up on him and got in his face for some pictures. Then he sensed my presence and gave me the evil eye.

He’s saying “C’mon lady… I’m nap’n here!?”

So before I left I took a quick whole body shot just to show you how this dog sleeps. Look at those legs, they’re like tentacles!

Must be nice to eat, play and nap when you feel like it!

So after the loooong wait I removed the plastic wrap and grab a table spoon.

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I then scooped about a tablespoon of cookie dough and form round balls, spacing them out on a parchment lined large baking sheet.

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With my fingers, I gently press them out out into a circle.

In a preheated 325 degree oven, bake one batch at a time for about 8-10 minutes.

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Remove cookies, still on the parchment paper, to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.

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Once all of the cookies have cooled, I melted a half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips with one teaspoon of un-refined coconut oil.

Chocolate + Coconut Oil = Mmm Mmm goodness!

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You want it smooth and silky. If it is thick and un-silky like… just discard and start over.

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Drizzle all over the cookies. This by far is my favorite part of making these cookies. I want to put drizzle on anything and everything now… it’s extremely therapeutic!

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Let the chocolate drizzle cool before storing.

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It was totally dinner time, but my girls and I couldn’t wait any longer. So we swiped one or three to try out.

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They were so good! I didn’t know if I would like the whole “nuts baked into a cookie” thing, but it totally works… and the chocolate drizzle rocks! We dipped apple slices, bananas and maybe our fingers in the remaining melted chocolate. It was a delicious after school snack!

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Naturally one always gets carried away… but who knows, these cookies are so good you may even feel compelled to wear chocolate lipstick?

Ummm… darling you got some on your teeth.

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Chocolate Pecan Cookies

These chocolate pecan cookies are moist, decadent, chocolatey and delicious. Chocolate cookie dough is studded with chocolate chips and pecans.

Yield: 20 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 2-4 hours refrigeration time

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes plus refrigeration time


1-1/3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder {measured and leveled}

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

10 tablespoons {1-1/4 sticks} Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Light Corn Syrup

2 tablespoons Whole Milk

1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract

1 cup Pecans, chopped

1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 teaspoon Un-refined Coconut Oil {optional}

Adapted with love from Bon Appétit Magazine; February 2011 issue


Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl; stir whisk butter, sugars, corn syrup, vanilla and milk until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then add the pecans and stir some more. Cover and chill until firm enough to scoop, 3-4 hours. This dough can be made 1 day in advanced. Keep chilled.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a table spoon scoop out dough and form into round balls, arrange on baking sheet leaving space. Press gently with fingers to flatten slightly. Bake one sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies, still on the parchment paper, to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Once the cookies are cooled; melt the half a cup of chocolate chips with the teaspoon of coconut oil until smooth. With a fork, dip and drizzle over the cookies. Let stand for about 30 minutes for the drizzle to set and serve!

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29 Responses to “Chocolate Pecan Cookies”

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    Angelique — February 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    thanks so much for posting this recipe! It looks fabulous and I can't wait to try them! my two favorite ingredients, chocolate and pecans….I love your blog by the way!

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    Betty — February 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    These look delicious!!! I'm definitely going to have to try these at some point!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    The Answer Is Chocolate — February 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    OK I could jump through the intertubes for these! They look so yummy and clearly your taste testers approve!

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    Mrsblocko — February 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    What I wanna know is how these even made it into the oven? I bet the dough would make great frozen truffles, chocolate covered or otherwise!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — February 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I miss handing out Valentines every year! Once we made a teddy bear card holder out of a milk jug in 2nd grade. Oh the good times! LOL.
    Those cookies look so good. I might have to make a trip to the store this evening so I can make them!

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    Megan — February 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Those cookies look wonderful, I adore pecans. And chocolate! Your dog is so cute too!

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    teresa — February 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    wow oh wow, what an incredible cookie, and what a beautiful blog you have! LOVE the dog pictures, i chuckled out loud!

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    Ang — February 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    My soft music playing in the back ground, feeling the warmth of my house on this chilly day, and reading this very sweet post. I can relate to all of it! Except I haven't made these cookies yet. They look amazing. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    Stephanie — February 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

    These cookies look delicious! And I love your dog! Brittany spaniel, right? We have an 8 month old springer spaniel who has the octopus leg syndrome too. Love it!

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    Isie — February 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Oh my gosh! Those look scrumptious! I think I am going to have to make them. They are going on my list.

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    Kristen — February 12, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Those cookies look so good. What fabulous photos!

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    Evan — February 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Great recipe! The photography is beautiful, too.

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    Pretend Chef — February 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Your fur and furless babies are so cute! Those cookies are amazing and with that drizzle they look like a work of art. Art I might stare at for a minute before gobbling it up. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    Mary — February 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    These are remarkable. I love your photos and your recipes, but your model stole the day. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    Kay Heritage — February 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    You have some great models in your home! And Laurie, your photos are fantastic!
    Great looking recipe, too! 🙂

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    jenn — February 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Those cookies look amazing!

    I was looking for your e-mail. I am working on a project for eKwipper ( and was wondering if you'd like to share a recipe for a companion site to that.

    Can you e-mail me and I'll give you the details?

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — February 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Oh my… these look so ridiculously delicious!!!

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    The Cilantropist — February 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Laurie I LOVE the photo at the end of your daughter with the chocolate around her mouth, I gave me a huge smile to match hers (though I am missing the chocolate!). 🙂 This recipe looks fantastic, and I also think your photos of the ingredients look amazing, great light! Happy valentines day!

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    Lizzy — February 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    So many enticing photos of these decadent cookies…and loving your pup and beautiful daughter!

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    Susan Lindquist — February 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Laurie! I loved this post! It was what baking and foodblogging are all about! A sense of humor, fun in the kitchen, multi-tasking while waiting for the goods to be ready for the next step, and giving the folks you love good food! Loved the photos and commentary … a perfect post. Oh… and those cookies aren't too shabby either! wink,wink!

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    grace — February 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

    you give new meaning to the term 'food porn'! these cookies need little help looking fantastic, but you've captured them and your process magnificently!

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    briarrose — February 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my these cookies look good. The drizzle is an excellent finishing touch. 😉

    Such cute pics!

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    Sprinkles of Parsley — February 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Those look so good!! I haven't made chocolate cookies in a while… this post is bringing on my cravings. Is your dog a Brittany Spaniel?? My parents have the same kind! She sleeps on our couch the exact same way- they're such sweet dogs!

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    Kita — February 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I came for the cookies, I'm staying for the puppy! How adorable!

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    Jeff and Julie — February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    THESE ARE DELICIOUS! Instead of corn syrup, I used honey. I also decided to put the chocolate chips into the batter instead of doing the drizzle (my sweet tooth just didn't have that kind of time). They turned out PERFECT!



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    GRAND MAMAA — March 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    These cookies are 'da bomb' moist, chewy and packed with flavor…love them!!!!

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    Debbie — March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Chocolate heaven…does it get any better? These cookies are absolutely delish and oh the chocolate drizzle takes them up two notches!


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