When it comes to sweets, warm chocolate chip cookies have always been my ultimate fav, but after some recent recipe tweaking, I have a new cookie obsession. These chewy Cinnamon Pecan Cookies are now my go-to fall cookie. The nutty bites of cinnamon perfection are soft & chewy with barely crispy edges.
This beautiful batch of cookies is loaded with cinnamon & pecans, which makes me feel like fall weather is coming...even though we live in South Louisiana, so I know it's all lies!!! Cooler weather or not, we can still eat our fall feelings with these cinnamon-y sweet treats.
These scratch made cookies are pretty simple and you may even have all of the ingredients already on hand. The first thing you'll want to do is let a stick of unsalted butter come room temperature. In a stand mixer, cream the butter together with 1½ cups of light brown sugar by mixing on a medium/low speed. Stop and scrape out any chunks that get caught up in the whisk along the way.
Add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the butter & brown sugar mixture. Continue mixing on medium/low until everything is combined.
You always want to combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, before they go in the mixer. So in our separate bowl, we'll evenly stir together 1½ cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer, incorporating the dry into the wet, a little at a time.
Finally, you'll add 2 cups of chopped pecans to the mixer and whisk, just long enough for the nuts to make their way into the dough. I love, love, love the pecans in these cookies! They add an amazing crunch and are the perfect complement to the warm cinnamon-y bite of these cookies.
Drop that dough by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You can fit about 12 cookies on a larger baking sheet.
You'll end up with two batches of cookies. That's 24 tasty morsels you can share with your people...or keep all for yourself. Mwahahaha!!!
Bake one batch at a time in a 350° for 9-12 minutes (depending on your oven). I'd say 10 minutes is the sweet spot for the perfect chewy bite! Let them cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Don't be fooled! Right out of the oven, the cookies may still look slightly undercooked, but patience is a virtue here. As they cool down, they will tighten up to just the right texture.
Thanks for Chewsing!