Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Giant White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

I don’t know how I let so much time go by since I last talked about cookies around here. It might be a record of time passed between cookie posts for me. But, as soon as I made these, I couldn’t wait to mention them. I’m drawn to new and different cookie recipes for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s a mix of ingredients I’ve never tried in a cookie before, and sometimes it’s a seasonal thing. With these cookies, I absolutely had to make them for no other reason than they’re big. Actually, they’re huge. These are pancake-size cookies. I have an old favorite Big Thin Chocolate Chip Cookie made from a rich dough that spreads and spreads as it bakes. With that recipe, four cookies will fit on a baking sheet. These Giant White Chocolate Pecan Cookies are made with about a half-cup of dough per cookie, and only three fit per baking sheet. They’re from the April issue of Living magazine, and the recipe is online. You might think it would be appropriate to break each cookie in half or into quarters and enjoy a smaller portion, but I encourage you to go the two-handed approach and nibble through an entire giant cookie at one time. It’s the only way to truly appreciate the thrill of a really gigantic cookie. 

Since I wanted to share these giant cookies with as many people as possible, I doubled the recipe. Flour, salt, and baking soda were sifted together and set aside. Butter, dark brown sugar, and granulated sugar were creamed together before whole eggs and egg yolks were added followed by vanilla. The flour mixture was mixed in, and chopped white chocolate and roughly chopped, toasted pecans were stirred into the dough. Using a big, sturdy food scoop, four ounce scoops of dough were placed on baking sheets with at least three inches between them. The dough balls were lightly pressed to flatten a bit before baking for about 16 minutes. 

With a cookie this big, you’re guaranteed a good mix of crispy and chewy textures. The big, sweet white chocolate chunks and pieces of pecans add more crunchy textures of their own. These easy cookies are fun to make. And, what’s even more fun is everyone’s reaction when they see just how big these cookies are. They’re as tasty as they are huge. 


24 comments:

  1. This is my kind of cookies...and reminds me that I haven't baked any cookie in a really long while.

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  2. Ooohhh, that is such a mouthwatering combination! Those decadent cookies are fantastic.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Giant is a word that should always come before cookie.

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  4. I love massive and "giant" cookies...I remembered grabbing them as a kid, because big cookies make me a happy little girl! I hope someday I will find some vegan white chocolate to make this, I guess I can try this version: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/11/06/how-to-make-your-own-white-chocolate-chips/

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  5. Mmm... I love the sound of these! White chocolate and pecans sounds like an awesome combo!

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  6. You can never have too many cookie posts, Lisa! These look great. And as big as my head!

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  7. They do look very good and highly addictive - the bigger the better, I say xx

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  8. Indeed, those are pancake cookies! ;-)

    I am crazy for white chocolate, so I started dreaming the moment I saw the title of your post. I don't remember the last time I baked a batch of cookies, but clearly it's been too long

    I need a kitchen... (sigh)

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  9. Pancake sized cookies? And with pecans? Yes, please! These look so decadent. I wonder if I could eat two? ;-)

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  10. You had me at 'pancake sized cookie'. Far out, that way I can stick to my commitment of only eating 'one cookie' but still be completely and utterly sugared out, bwahahaha :) Thanks Lis! xx

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  11. I'm making these for my sister's engagement party!

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  12. Always have preferred the thin crisp to a cakey cc cookie, Lisa. These look right up my alley.

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  13. Wow, half a cup dough for each cookie...they are sure gigantic...but I will not have any problem eating it up...white chocolate and pecan...yum!
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead Lisa :D

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  14. Me gusta la masa y su combinaciĆ³n crujiente,hugs,hugs.

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  15. i'm always afraid i'll lose what little credibility i have in the food world by confessing to my love for white chocolate, but there it is. :)

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  16. Looks like the perfect cookie too me.
    Crunchy and tasty and with one of my favorite. ingredients: white chocolate. Life can't get much better :)

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  17. I think giant cookies are an ideal morning tea treat. That way they last longer.

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  18. Lisa, I am always looking for great cookie recipes that others have tried and loved and these look perfect! Crispy-chewy... who wants anything else? My sons will go nuts for them!

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  19. Oh my - those cookies are enormous! They look wonderful.

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  20. Pancake sized cookies? Oh my! I love white chocolate in a cookie and paired with pecan, it sounds just about perfect. Hooray for a new cookie post!

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  21. They are giant Lisa! I have had the craziest cookie cravings lately. I love them.

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  22. I want to eat these everyday :D
    Delicious! And huge :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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  23. They look like perfection itself.

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