Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

These chocolate chip and pecan cookies are one of those comforting foods that puts you in touch with your inner-child. The second that nutty chocolate nectar of an aroma reaches your nostrils, your eyes light up and your mouth starts watering. Besides, some days you just really need a cookie.

What constitutes a perfect chocolate chip cookie? It's a question for the ages. Some like a crisp edge, others a soft melty center. Some cakey, some chewy, some gooey. And look, I can't decide for you, so stop asking. You are going to have to do some soul searching (read: cookie monstering) to get this figured out.

Ok, ok, I'll help you on your journey but only because you were so insistent. Besides, I already bought this captain hat. Now, go get your ingredients, turn on your oven, and I'll guide you through the first step in this crucial expedition.

Chocolate chip cookie dough uncooked on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In this recipe, I'm fighting for team soft and melty. That ooey-gooey texture can be accomplished in multiple ways. In this case, we start by using more brown sugar than white sugar. Brown sugar is more hygroscopic meaning that it is more efficient at absorbing water from the air. This translates to a moister cookie.

A close up of the uncooked chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Eggs are also an integral part of this cookie recipe. Egg whites are in large part water, which adds moisture and lightness to the dough. Meanwhile, yolks are high in fat and act as an emulsifier, allowing the water and fat in the cookies to meld together. Due to its high fat content, the extra yolk in this recipe contributes to a creamy, fudge-like texture.

Three chocolate chip and pecan cookies stacked on each other

Now for butter. Melted butter mixes more readily with sugar and flour, yielding a softer dough. Softened butter, on the other hand, gets creamed with sugars. The creaming process creates pockets of air, which are subsequently filled with egg. The result of these air pockets is a lighter, cakier texture. So, why didn't I use melted butter?? Simply put, I felt that with an extra yolk and a high ratio of brown to white sugar, melted butter would result in a mush of a cookie. The use of softened butter in this recipe lends some structure to the otherwise-fudgy mess.

There you have it. Try out these chocolate chip and pecan cookies and see what you think. And hey, if you hate them, you know what not to do. Every day is a learning experience.

Keep your belly full, your mind engaged, and your heart open.

Three chocolate chip and pecan cookies stacked on each other

Ambrosian Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies

Moist, melt-in your mouth chocolate chip cookies with crunchy pecans for a truly ambrosian experience.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg +1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups all-purpose-flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 0.5 cups pecans chopped


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix in egg and egg-yolk and vanilla until combined.
  • Add baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix briefly.
  • Pour in flour and stir just until all flour is incorporated.
  • Measure in chocolate chips and pecans and mix very briefly to combine.
  • Place 2-3 tablespoon dough balls about 2 in. apart on lined baking sheets.
  • Lightly press down on dough balls.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, until very lightly browned. Cookies will still be soft upon cooling so be careful not to overcook.
Keyword ambrosian, chocolate, chocolate chip, cookies, dessert, pecan, pecans, sweets
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  3. Kayla DiMaggio

    5 stars
    Yum! These Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies were absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Cookies are among my favorite desserts (or snacks :P). They are just the best!

  5. 5 stars
    My mom always added pecans to her chocolate chip cookies. These reminded me so much of her cookies. 10/10

  6. 5 stars
    The pecans in these cookies were spot on, loved them. Great recipe.

  7. Chocolate and pecans is such a perfect combination. Delicious! Thank you for sharing.

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