Monday, 21 July 2014

Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies have to be my favourite comfort food. Sometimes a good batch is all you need to get you over those hump days.

For me, cookies are the only food that get me through holiday preparations. All that washing, ironing and packing becomes much more tolerable when theres a plate of cookies to make your way through. My favourites are these Chocolate pecan Oatmeal ones - chewy in the middle, crispy on the outside, healthy enough to pretend that they're good for you with a little drizzle of chocolate at the end to satisfy any cravings.

Easy to whip up and impress a crowd - or secretly devour them all on your own (I won't tell anyone, promise!).

Ingredients: (makes 15 cookies)
1 1/2 cups pecans
200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
110g dark brown sugar, lightly packed
100g granulated sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
100g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
125g rolled oats

1. Chop pecan nuts into smaller pieces, approx 3 pieces per pecan.
2. Beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until they come together to form a smooth past and has lightened in colour.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
4. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and add to the wet ingredients, stirring slowly to incorporate and then beat to combine.
5. Add the oats and pecans until just combined.
6. Roll 2inch balls of the cookie dough and place on a baking tray at least 5cm apart. Refrigerate for 2hours.
7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
8. Take the chilled dough balls out of the fridge and bake for 12-15 minutes, until they are lightly browned.
9. Transfer to a baking rack and allow to cool.

Best served still warm with vanilla ice cream!
I would love to see your baking creations - if you decide to make these cookies or any of the other recipes on my blog, don't forget to let me know! Tag @bakeitblonde on Twitter or Instagram so I can see all of your delicious attempts!

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