i am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies and i was paging through my virginia willis cookbook the other day and couldn't resist. so i cracked some pecans and baked a batch.
enjoy....i know i did!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp.
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
8 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 ounces best-quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 ounces best-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups chopped pecans
30 perfect pecan halves, for decoration
preheat the oven to 375 degrees. line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper. in a bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. set aside.
in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and cream on medium speed until light and fluffy. add the salt, vanilla extract, and egg and stir to combine.
add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low until just combined. add the semisweet, white, and milk chocolates and chopped pecans.
make balls of dough using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop or with your hands shape the dough into balls about the size of a gumball; place 6 dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. using the palm of your hand, flatten each cookie slightly. press a pecan half into the center of each.
bake until the cookies are just brown around the edges, 13 to 14 minutes. using an offset spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack to cool. repeat with the remaining cookie dough and pecan halves.