Oatmeal Cookies with Roasted Pecans

Roasted pecans add a wonderful flavor and crunch to these holiday inspired oatmeal cookies. 

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  • Servings: Makes about thirty 3-inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Spread the raw pecans halves on a baking sheet pan. Roast for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. After they have cooled enough to handle, reserve a handful for decorating the top of the cookies and roughly chop the remaining pecans. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oats. Set aside.

  4. In a mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

  5. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir the chopped pecans into the batter. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour or up to overnight (the dough can also be pre-scooped and frozen for future use).

  6. If the oven has been turned off, preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a couple sheet pans with parchment paper.

  7. Scoop the heaping tablespoon sized portions of the dough onto the lined sheet pans, spacing them about 1 1/2-inches apart. Lightly press the reserved pecan halves into the tops of the cookies.

  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let them cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Photo © Todd Porter and Diane Cu Published October 2014

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