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Toasted Pecan Cookies Recipe

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Looking for a cookie recipe that combines the best flavors into one delicious treat? Look no further! These toasted pecan cookies hit all the right notes with their perfect blend of oatmeal, Rice Krispies cereal, and pecans. Whether you’re enjoying them with a cup of coffee or packing them for a busy day, these cookies are sure to become your new favorite.

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Do you ever find yourself craving the perfect cookie? The kind that combines all the flavors you love into one irresistible treat? We’re going to share with you the ultimate pecan cookie recipe that will satisfy all your cookie dreams. Toasted pecans, chewy oatmeal, and crispy Rice Krispies all come together in one delicious cookie.

Let’s explore the key ingredients, baking tips, and even creative variations to take your pecan cookies to the next level. And don’t worry, we’ll even share some fabulous packaging and gifting ideas, because goodness this delicious deserves to be shared. So grab your apron and let’s get baking – because these ultimate pecan cookies are about to become your new favorite indulgence.

Toasted Pecans: The Key Ingredient for a Rich Nutty Flavor

To achieve the perfect blend of flavors in our ultimate pecan cookies, we must first focus on the key ingredient that adds a rich nutty taste: toasted pecans. These little gems are not only delicious on their own but also add a depth of flavor to any baked goods they grace. 

When it comes to toasting pecans, the process is simple yet transformational. By baking these nuts, we unlock their full potential and release their natural oils. This toasting process intensifies their flavor, giving them a deep, nutty aroma that infuses every bite of our cookies.

To toast your pecans, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the pecans evenly on a baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring they have enough space to brown evenly. Pop them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to prevent burning. You’ll know they’re ready when the aroma of toasted nuts wafts through your kitchen and they turn a golden brown color.

Once your toasted pecans have cooled, it’s time to incorporate them into the cookie dough. Chop them coarsely to add a delightful crunch and texture to each bite. The toasted pecans will not only enhance the overall taste but also provide a contrast to the chewy oats and crispy Rice Krispies, creating a symphony of flavors and textures in every cookie.

The Secret to Chewy Cookies: A Perfect Combination of Oatmeal and Rice Krispies

Now that we’ve unveiled the secret behind toasted pecans, let’s move on to the next revelation: the perfect combination of oatmeal and Rice Krispies that gives our cookies their chewy goodness.

When it comes to achieving that coveted chewy texture in cookies, some may think it’s all about the baking time or the ratio of wet to dry ingredients. While those factors certainly play a role, the true secret lies in the unexpected addition of oatmeal and Rice Krispies.

Oatmeal, with its hearty texture and nutty flavor, lends a delightful chewiness to our cookies. Not only does it add depth to each bite, but it also provides a subtle contrast in texture against the buttery pecans and the soft sweetness of the other ingredients. It’s the kind of texture that keeps you reaching for more.

The combination of oatmeal and Rice Krispies is a match made in cookie heaven. They work together elevating the texture and flavor of our ultimate pecan cookies to new heights. So next time you’re craving a chewy treat, remember this secret ingredient duo and prepare to be amazed.

Ingredients

Let’s take a look at all of the ingredients that go into these tasty treats:

  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ½ cups oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
Ingredients to make pecan cookies.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking or cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar at high speed in a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment. (If you can’t find it, it’s perfectly fine to use the whisk attachment.)

Two eggs being added to a sugar and butter mixture in a mixer.

Next, beat in eggs and vanilla and mix until it is all smooth.

Combine flour, baking soda, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients with your mixer set to a low setting. Mix until the flour mixture has been well incorporated.

Cookie dough being mixed in a Kitchen Aid mixer.

The crackly goodness gets added next – oatmeal, pecans, and Rice Krispies. You can use your mixer at low speed to help incorporate these ingredients or feel free to get an upper body workout by mixing them by hand.

Oats on top of cookie dough base in a mixer.

Using a cookie scoop, place scoops of cookie dough onto a parchment or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Medium-sized scoops work great when making these.

Cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

Toasted Pecan Crackles are baked at 400 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are a nice golden color.

Pecan cookies being placed on a plate.

These cookies don’t last long at my house. If you love crunch pecan cookies, you will love these!

Storage

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Baking Tips for the Best Results

With the secret behind the chewiness of our cookies revealed, it’s time to dive into some baking tips that will ensure the best results every time. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, these tips will help you achieve cookie perfection in no time.

First, make sure your butter is at the right temperature. This is crucial for achieving the right texture in your cookies. Softened butter should be at room temperature, and not too warm or melted. If your butter is too cold, it won’t cream properly with the sugar, resulting in cookies that are dense and hard.

On the other hand, if your butter is too warm, the cookies will spread too much and become thin and crispy. So, take the time to properly soften your butter and you’ll be rewarded with perfectly baked cookies.

Next, when measuring your flour, use the spoon and level method. This means spooning the flour into the measuring cup and then leveling it off with a straight edge, like the back of a knife. Avoid scooping the flour directly from the bag or pack, as it can compact the flour and lead to dry and dense cookies. By using the spoon and level method, you ensure that you measure the flour accurately and prevent your cookies from turning too heavy or dry.

Finally, pay attention to your oven temperature and baking time. Every oven is different, so it’s essential to know your oven’s quirks. Invest in an oven thermometer to ensure that the temperature is accurate. If your oven runs hot, you may need to reduce the baking time slightly. Conversely, if it runs cool, you might need to increase the baking time.

Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake and check for doneness a few minutes before the recommended time. They should be golden brown around the edges and slightly soft in the center when you take them out.

If you use a baking stone, your cookies will continue to bake on the stone once you take them out of the oven. It’s perfectly fine to remove the cookies when they are lightly brown. Just leave them on the stone for 3-5 minutes before removing them and letting them finish cooling on a wire baking rack.

Woman's hand holding a cookie with a bite taken out of it.

Toasted Pecan Cookies

The ingredients in this recipe for Toasted Pecan Cookies are kitchen staples and it is likely that you already have all of the ingredients.  They're made with oatmeal and Rice Krispies, so they could even be considered a breakfast cookie.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 237kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon. baking powder
  • 2 ½ cups oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans toasted
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugars at high speed of mixer. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and baking soda. Add to cream mixture with mixer set to a low setting. Mix until flour mixture has been well incorporated.
  • Add oatmeal, pecans, and Rice Krispies.
  • Using medium-sized scoop, place cookie dough on baking sheet 2-inches apart from each other.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until done. Cook for 2 minutes on baking sheet and then allow to continue to cool completely on baking rack.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g
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Sharing the Deliciousness: Packaging and Gifting Ideas

Once you’ve perfected your personalized recipe and enjoyed tasting your creative twist on pecan cookies, it’s time to spread the joy and share the deliciousness with others. Packaging and gifting your homemade treats not only adds an extra touch of thoughtfulness, but also allows you to showcase your skills and creativity in a visually appealing way. From simple ideas to more elaborate presentations, there are countless ways to package and gift your pecan cookies.

If you’re looking for an effortless yet elegant way to present your pecan cookies, consider using a traditional cookie tin. These timeless containers not only keep your cookies fresh but also add a touch of nostalgia to your gift. To make it even more special, you can decorate the tin with personalized labels, ribbons, or even a handwritten note expressing your love and best wishes.

For a modern and eco-friendly option, try using Mason jars. These versatile glass jars provide a stylish and practical packaging solution. Tie a ribbon around the jar or attach a custom-made label with the recipe, and you have a beautifully packaged gift ready to delight the recipient.

If you’re feeling particularly crafty, consider creating your custom packaging. Designing and printing your boxes or envelopes allows you to add a personal touch and tailor the packaging to the occasion. Whether it’s a holiday-themed design, a special message, or a personalized monogram, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to include a recipe card with your pecan cookie recipe, so your loved ones can recreate the deliciousness.

To add an extra element of surprise and excitement, you can also assemble a pecan cookie gift basket. Combine your homemade pecan cookies with complementary treats, such as a jar of locally sourced honey, a bag of gourmet coffee, or even a bottle of artisanal maple syrup. Arrange everything in a beautiful basket or a decorative box, and voila! You have a thoughtful and unique gift that will surely impress.

Stack of pecan cookies.

These ultimate pecan cookies are a mouthwatering blend of flavors that every cookie lover should try. By combining toasted pecans, oatmeal, and Rice Krispies, these cookies offer a delightful mix of richness and chewiness, creating a truly one-of-a-kind treat.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bake these heavenly cookies and share the deliciousness with your loved ones. Get ready to indulge in a cookie experience like no other!

Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” We think that applies to cookies, too. So why wait? Start baking and let the sweet aroma fill your kitchen with joy.

Be sure to come back and tell us how your pecan cookies turned out!

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Nice balance of crispy and soft. I cooked them for 10 minutes and they came out perfect.

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