Crinkled on the edges, warm and gooey in the middle, and oh so delicious…these Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect cookies to make this weekend. Made with browned butter, toasted pecans, and bourbon, then lightly sweetened for a cookie that’s rich in flavor and heavy on the chocolate. Every bite is slightly crisp on the edges but soft and chewy in the center with just a little crunch from those sweet bourbon pecans…so DELICIOUS! Absolutely nothing not to love about these wrinkly, crinkly, sweet pecan cookies. Easy to make and fun for all occasions….especially the Derby!
I know I say this often, but Fridays are made ten times better with cookies…always, always.
But these cookies? You guys these cookies are really everything I love the most. They remind me more of the fall than spring, but it’s OK because with the Kentucky Derby this weekend I gave myself a pass and decided that we could indeed make pecan cookies in April.
And really (yes, this is dramatic), these cookies are magical.
The inspiration was really simple….the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow. And while I’m not sure I’ve ever watched the entire two-minute race live, I know some people who LOVE to celebrate the day with friends and good food (yes, you Cortney!). I also think it’s a fun excuse to celebrate something that isn’t a holiday but that you really enjoy.
Immediately when I think of the Derby, I think bourbon and pecans. So last week I put this idea together in my head. I wasn’t positive if I should make them or not, but I’m sure glad I did.
The process to the (almost) perfect cookie
I say almost, because I don’t really believe anything is perfect, but these are pretty darn close.
There are three key steps to these cookies…
I feel like the browned butter is obvious. I like to brown half of the butter, but leave the other half at room temp. This gives you the flavor of browned butter but leaves you with a cookie that has a great texture too. It also highlights the malted flavors. I know it’s an extra step, but the browned butter really does add so much to these cookies. In my view, it’s an extra step worth taking.
Second, the bourbon brown sugar pecans. It’s not a usual cookie ingredient but it’s what really sets these cookies apart. The pecans get toasted with brown sugar and bourbon which gives them a rich sweetness. If you’ve never had bourbon with your pecans, it a marriage of flavors that is so delicious.
And then, the bourbon itself, which is both on the pecans and in the cookies. It’s not like these cookies taste like bourbon, because they don’t. The bourbon provides a very rich and delicious flavor with subtle notes of both bourbon and vanilla.
Like most cookies, these are EASY. Toast the pecans together with brown sugar and bourbon. Then brown the butter, let cool, and simply mix everything together. Then bake, eat, and enjoy.
As I do with almost all my cookies, these need a tap on the counter to create that crinkly type of cookie during both the middle and the end of baking.
Aside from browning the butter and tapping the baking sheet, the rest is is easy. When the cookies come out of the oven, the pockets of melted chocolate will be bubbling up and the kitchen will smell, nutty, buttery, and oh so delicious. Almost like Thanksgiving, because these really do remind me of pecan pie.
I of course love to eat these warm, right off the pan, with a sprinkle of sea salt atop.
And oh my gosh, every last bite is delicious. It’s truly hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie, but these certainly give the others a little run for their money They would be so fun for the Derby…but also any other day of the year. It’s the crinkly edges, deep bourbon-vanilla flavor, and pockets of melted chocolate.
Happy Friday guys, enjoy!
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Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 188 kcal
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- 3/4 cup raw pecans
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 tablespoon, plus 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
- flaky sea salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate chunks or chips
- 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the baking sheet, combine the pecans, 1 tablespoon bourbon, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes, until toasted. Sprinkle with sea salt. Roughly chop the pecans.2. Meanwhile, add 1 stick of butter to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stick in the freezer to chill, 10-15 minutes, but no longer.3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the remaining stick of butter, the cooled browned butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and the granulated sugar until combined. Beat in the eggs - 1 at a time, until combined. Add 1 tablespoon bourbon and the vanilla, beating until creamy. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chunks and chopped pecans. If you dough is sticky, add 2 tablespoons flour. 4. Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon size balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten each dough ball.5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 2 times to flatten them down. Return to the oven and bake another 2-4 minutes or until the cookies are just beginning to set on the edges, but still doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 1-2 times to flatten them down again. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt (if desired). Eat warm (highly recommended) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
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Freezing: the cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw, then bake as directed.