Recipe for Brown Butter Chocolate Pecan Cookies

04 Dec, 2017

Monday, December 4 is National Cookie Day! Even though USA Today reports an unofficial poll by Nestle Toll House showed Wisconsinites prefer chocolate chip cookies without nuts, we’re celebrating with these classic pecan cookies, courtesy of our pastry kitchen.

Brown Butter Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies

1 cup     unsalted butter, softened
1 cup     light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp      vanilla extract
1 tsp      molasses
½ cup     granulated sugar
1 ea        egg
1 ea        egg yolk
2 ¼ cup  all purpose flour
1 tsp      salt
1 cup     chocolate chips
½ cup    pecans, chopped

Plus, sea salt to sprinkle on top

  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Place half of the butter in a skillet and heat on medium until the butter begins to foam and froth. The butter will begin to separate and the milk solids will brown and give off a rich nutty aroma. Remove from heat and reserve in a bowl.
  3. Beat the remaining ½ cup of butter and brown sugar until smooth and airy.
  4. Add in the vanilla and molasses. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour in cooled brown butter and granulated sugar. Beat until smooth and mixture has lightened in color.
  6. Add in egg and egg yolk. Mix until combined.
  7. Add in dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.
  8. Mix chocolate chips and pecans on low until just combined.
  9. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  10. Scoop dough into 2 tablespoon portions and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  11. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes at 350*F until golden brown.

The brown butter gives these cookies the best flavor and the pop of sea salt on the top leads your tastebuds to the sweet morsels of chocolate hiding inside.

Pro Tip: Scoop out the chilled cookie dough with an ice cream scoop. They get the perfect amount every time!

These cookies are best served warm with a cup of cold milk, preferably while enjoying the 2 million lights of Christmas decorations around Grand Geneva’s resort. Decorations will be up until January 7.

We hope you enjoy National Cookie Day!



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