Pecan cookies recipe

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These pecan nut and chocolate chip cookies couldn't be eaiser to make and you can freeze them ahead

Salted Pecan Cookies
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  • healthy
Makes22–28
SkillEasy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories150 Kcal8%

Sweet and salted biscuits with the perfect nutty crunch to them.

This pecan cookies are the ultimate recipe for having biscuits on hand and ready to go at the drop of a hat. You can make up the dough and roll it up into a sausage shape. Flatten the ends so you end up with a neat cylinder, then just wrap the cookie dough and freeze it. It will last months. All you have to do when you fancy a homemade biscuit, or that homemade baking smell in your kitchen, it to take it out of the freezer, cut as many biscuits as you like off the end of the cylinder, and bake them for about 15 minutes. This batch makes 22-28 cookies, which we recommend freezing in 2-3 rounds of 9-12 biscuits each.

Ingredients

  • 300g (10oz) plain flour
  • 200g (7oz) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 100g (3½oz) caster sugar
  • 100g bag white chocolate chips
  • 100g bag salted roasted pecans, chopped

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Method

  1. Tip the flour into a bowl and add the butter and rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the caster sugar, chocolate chips and pecan nuts. Work the mixture to bind it together into a stiff dough.
  2. Divide the mixture in half, and roll each half to about 6-7cm (2½-2¾in) in diameter. Wrap each roll in baking parchment and then in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.
  3. To bake: Set oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Take a roll of dough out of the freezer and remove the foil, but leave it wrapped in the parchment. Allow to thaw for about 15 minutes or until it’s soft enough to slice. Cut the dough into 1cm (½in) thick slices for however many cookies you want and spread them out on a baking sheet, lined with baking parchment. Wrap any remaining dough and return to the freezer. Bake cookies in the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are pale golden. Leave to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Top tip for making pecan cookies

Swap the chocolate chunks for chunks of fudge or caramel if you prefer. The sweetness is excellent with the salt.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Octavia Lillywhite

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.