I’ve not made a whole lot of pecan cookies in my life other than these Pecan Sandies, so when I found out tomorrow is National Pecan Cookie Day, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try another yummy cookie recipe. I found this one from King Arthur for Salty-Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies. The cookie is loaded with pecans, butterscotch chips and rolled in a sugar and salt mixture.
I of course just HAD to mess with the recipe. I omitted the espresso and butterscotch chips and subbed in dark chocolate chips and dried cherries and then sandwiched them with marshmallow buttercream. I really, really liked my finished product but I can’t wait to try the original version below. Overall, this recipe makes one seriously delicious cookie.
- 1⅓ cups pecan halves
- ⅔ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon butterscotch, vanilla-butternut, or butter-rum flavor
- 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1⅓ cups butterscotch chips
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 to 1¼ teaspoons salt, for topping*
- If you're making smaller (teaspoon cookie scoop-sized) cookies, increase the coating to ½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar mixed with 1¾ to 2 teaspoons salt.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
- Place the pecans in a single layer in a pan, and toast till they've darkened a bit and smell toasty, about 8 to 9 minutes. Set them aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, espresso powder, baking soda, vanilla, flavor, and vinegar, beating until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the egg, again beating till smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
- Mix in the flour, then the chips and toasted nuts.
- If you're going to refrigerate the dough, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for about 4 to 5 hours; or overnight. Cookie dough refrigerated for 3½ to 4 hours will spread moderately; chilled overnight, it will spread much less.
- Mix the ⅓ cup sugar and salt for the coating, and put it in a bowl. Use a spoon (or a tablespoon cookie scoop) to scoop 1½" balls of dough into the sugar/salt mixture, rolling to coat. Then transfer to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between them on all sides; they'll spread quite a bit. Or use a teaspoon cookie scoop to scoop 1¼" balls of dough.
- Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes — 11 minutes for smaller cookies, 12 for larger ones. Their edges will be chestnut brown and their tops a lighter golden brown. (For dough that's been refrigerated, add 30 seconds to 1 minute to those baking times.) Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pan till they've set enough to move without breaking. Repeat with the remaining dough.