#55 Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies

This year I participated in a cookie swap and not just some amateur local one. This my friends was put together by the lovely ladies over at Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen. The idea is genius really. Combine the powers of the amazingly talented food bloggers all over the country, ship a box of cookies to three different people, you get three different boxes of cookies, and in the end everyone writes a nice little post about! Fun! [If you're interested in participating next year, sign up for their emails here]

Well here I am at stage three writing a nice little post about this event. This event was a lot more than just shipping your cookies to random people around the country. Blogging about anything can seem really closed off sometimes. You don’t get to see the people who are reading your blog or interact with them like you would if you were cooking for a group of friends. This event brought together about 500 food bloggers over the common love of cookies. Personally, I went on Twitter way more just to look through all of the tweets about the cookie swap. It was nice to bond virtually over the trials and errors of making the perfect cookie, and through the process I found a few more people to follow online.

My cookies ready to ship

I want to give a shout out to the three blogs that I sent cookies too:

KarmaCucina – my new go-to “real” cooking site! Lots of different variations on delicious food.
Life of a Bama Girl – another young chef blogging about life and food :)
From My Sweet Heart – a lovely woman living her life the best way possible – through sugar :)

The bloggers that I received cookies from:

Addicted to Recipes – she sent some yummy Gingerbread Snickerdoodles which was so appropriate. I love the two of them separately this season, so combined it was heavenly.
Grumpy’s Honey Bunch – she sent two different types of cookies [a nice result from reading directions when stressed :)] One was a peppermint bark filled bon bon (Mom loved these!) and some Cardamon Sugar cookies (yum!)
Decadent Philistines Save the World – she sent Maple Walnut cookies, which sadly must have been man-handled by the USPS because the box of cookies was opened inside when i got it and the cookies were a little hard :( BUT I did try them and they tasted good regardless!  There should be a stamp for packages that says “HANDLE WITH CARE – COOKIES INSIDE”

I should probably tell you about the cookies I made now, huh? Recently I have fallen in love with the idea of sea salt on desserts, like cookies and chocolates. I know some people who havent experienced it yet are a little hesitant about the idea, but trust me, you’ll be hooked.

I was going to make a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt, but that was too simple. So these cookies ended up as a mixture of a few different cookies. I only got to eat one of them because I didn’t make enough to devour myself, but that one cookie was mouthwatering. These will be made a few more times this holiday season, that’s for sure.

Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies

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Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Make sure you use chopped up chocolate and not chocolate chips. It makes a difference! Adapted from Anne Burrell’s recipe from Food Network

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks unslated butter, room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • Sea Salt (I use Fleur de Sel)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silpat (or parchment paper)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, combine both sugars and the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, letting combine fully between each one. Add vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Take the bowl off the mixer and mix in by hand the chocolate chunks and pecans.
  5. Scoop batter onto sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Immediately sprinkle cookies with sea salt and let cool.

Enjoy!

Madeline

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5 Responses to #55 Salted Chocolate Pecan Cookies

  1. I was one of the lucky bloggers to receive a batch of your yummy cookies! These are a great twist on the original chocolate chip cookies that I love so much! I am so glad we got introduced and I love reading your blog! I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes! Thanks so much for the cookies!

  2. KarmaCucina says:

    You know your cookies are good when your recipient is noshing on the minuscule crumbs leftover in the bag… I just CANNOT get enough of these! The salty-sweetness is right up my alley and I will most definitely be making them before year end.

    The swap was a wonderful way to get acquainted and I am looking forward to following you in the future! All the best to one heck of a baker… Cheers!

  3. Denise says:

    I’m so glad I “met” you and your blog through the swap. I can’t wait to give these cookies a try. They look amazing!

  4. Danielle says:

    Can I have my own little cookie swap with you? But in our version, you give me cookies and I just give you lots of hugs and love? I think that would work out well.

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