Baking chocolate chip cookies can be a crapshoot: sometimes they puff up nicely, other times they flatten out like pancakes. As a recipe developer, this drives me crazy! Thankfully, these double dose chocolate cookies are foolproof. Stuffed with chocolate chips and pecans, they emerge from the oven puffy, gooey, chewy and crunchy every single time. They are so rich and chocolatey, they almost beg for a tall glass of milk. Feel free to play with the recipe. You can dot the cookies with white chocolate chips for visual appeal, swap out the pecans for walnuts, or add dried cherries if you’re a fruit and chocolate person. Or do like my daughter: sandwich two cookies together with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Smart cookie!
Here’s what you’ll need.
Begin by combining the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Pass the cocoa powder through a fine sieve to remove any lumps.
Whisk the dry ingredients until well combined, then set aside.
Beat the butter, brown sugar, granulate sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy.
Add the eggs.
And beat a few minutes more, until light and fluffy.
Add the flour and cocoa powder mixture.
Mix until evenly combined.
Add the chocolate chips and pecans.
The dough will be soft and sticky so chill it for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Roll the dough into tablespoon-size balls and place 2-inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are nicely puffed. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans
- 2¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with knife
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (see note)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Ghirardelli or Guittard
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Set the oven racks in the middle and upper thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Pass the cocoa powder through a fine sieve into the bowl; whisk the mixture until evenly combined.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and beat for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined (the batter will look crumbly at first; don't worry, it will come together). Mix in the chocolate chips and pecans. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, until firm enough to handle. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheets abut 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are puffed. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
- Note: I prefer Dutch processed cocoa powder for this recipe, but natural cocoa powder works very well too.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The Cookie Dough can be Frozen for up to 3 Months: Roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) To Freeze After Baking: Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.
- Serving size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 113
- Fat: 6 g
- Saturated fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 14 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Sodium: 45 mg
- Cholesterol: 14 mg
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