Tasty Tuesday: Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Thank you Baker by Nature for today’s recipe….

Prep: ook

Cool: ield: 2 dozen

 

Ingredients

For the Buttered Pecans:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted until browned
  • 2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (don’t pack the flour into the measuring cup!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet OR dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks
  • 24 pecan halves, for decoration, optional

Instructions

For the Buttered Pecans:

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in chopped pecans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside until needed.

For the Brown Butter:

  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for about 3 minutes – stirring almost constantly – until the butter has browned.
  2. Pour the brown butter into a heatproof bowl, being sure to scrape all of the “toasted” bits into the bowl as well.
  3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the butter is at room temperature. You’ll know the butter is at room temperature when you press a finger into the top and it makes a slight indentation. It should not be liquid at all.
  4. Once the butter is at room temperature, you’re ready to get baking!

For the Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside until needed.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda; whisk well to combine then set aside until needed.
  3. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine browned butter and both sugars and beat on medium-speed until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and bourbon and beat until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating for 15 seconds after each addition. Turn mixer off. Using a wooden spoon or sturdy rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour, stirring only until the flour begins to disappear. Fold in the chocolate chunks and buttered pecans.
  4. Roll 3 tablespoon sized scoops of dough between your palms to form a ball (they should be big; almost a 1/4 cup), then place on prepared sheets (make sure to leave enough room in between each cookie for inevitable spreading). Continue this process until all the dough has been rolled. Press a pecan on the top of each cookie dough mound, if desired.
  5. Place baking sheets in preheated oven, one at a time, and bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until golden at the edges but still soft in the middle. Repeat with all cookie dough. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt right when they come out of the oven. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.

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Tasty Tuesday – “No Bake” PB & Chocolate Chip Balls

Thank you Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen for this wonderful, quick and easy “No Bake” cookie!  I LOVE the fact they are Naturally gluten-free.In a medium sized mixing bowl add your oats, 5 Tbsp of peanut butter {save 2 Tbsp}, vanilla and salt. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan bring brown sugar, milk, and butter to a simmer for about 3-4 mins- whisking so it doesn’t burn.

Pour hot mixture over dry mixture and stir well. Then, add in the remaining 2 Tbsp of peanut butter. Stir well again.

Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour until cooled and firm.Add 1 cup of chocolate chips, mix with hands and shape into balls.

Serves:15-20
Prep time:10 mins      Cook time:4 mins        Total time:14 mins

Ingredients
4½ cups old fashioned oats (flute free)
7 Tbsp of Peanut butter {divided 5 and 2}
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
3 cups brown sugar
¾ cup milk
½ cup butter

Instructions
– In a medium sized bowl add oats, 5 Tbsp peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Set aside.
– In a medium sauce pan bring to a simmer your brown sugar, milk and butter. Let simmer for 3-4 mins-whisk every 30 seconds so the bottom doesn’t burn.
– Add hot mixture to your oat mixture. Stir well. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp of peanut butter and stir well again.
– Place bowl in refrigerator for 1 hour to let cool and firm up.
– Add 1 cup of chocolate chips, mix with hands and roll into balls.

Janelle Nehrenz is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”

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