Roasted pecans add a wonderful flavor and crunch to these holiday inspired oatmeal cookies.
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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 It
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
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.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oats. Set aside.
In a mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
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).
If the oven has been turned off, preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a couple sheet pans with parchment paper.
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.
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.
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