Friday, December 13, 2013

chocolate chip pecan pie cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

When I was in Atlanta earlier this year, I had the most delicious chocolate pecan pie at South City Kitchen {if you're ever there, it's a must try!} It was honestly one of the best desserts I've ever had in my 24 years. Since then, I've wanted to try and duplicate the tasty treat - from the crisp crust to the sweet and nutty filling. I decided to turn it into a cookie and was not disappointed at all. If you're looking for a new holiday cookie to try out, this is it!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies
{adapted from Land O'Lakes}

Ingredients:

For the cookie dough:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

For the filling:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup half & half
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the brown sugar and butter on medium speed until fluffy. Then, add in the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape down the sides to make sure everything is combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients in three-four additions, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl in between each to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
5. Shape the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Make an indentation in each cookie to form a rounded well. I used the back of a measuring spoon {a teaspoon to be exact}. To prevent the dough from spreading too much while baking, place the baking sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
6.  To make the filling, mix together the brown sugar, half and half, and vanilla in a bowl. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
7. Take the cookies out of the fridge and fill each well/indentation with a heaping teaspoon of the filling.
8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. Let these cool for 2-3 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.
9. ENJOY!

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

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