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Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m full of all sorts of good ideas.

Like… the good idea I had to cream two stick of butter with two cups of sugar.

Like… the good idea I had to add eggs and vanilla extract.

Like the awesome idea I had to add oats and flour and spices.

And chocolate.  That was totally a good idea.

Putting chunks of dough in the oven?  Also a great idea.

Yea… I was on a good idea roll.

The best idea ever?  Putting these warm cookies in my mouth and calling it dinner.  Excellent.

Just thought I would share my good ideas with you.  Yea… I’m kind of a show off.

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite cookie.  I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here…. I’m just trying to coax good cookies out of my oven.

These cookies are soft and hearty.  I like using old fashioned oats because they add all sorts of body to the cookie dough.  It’s also nice to use the best chocolate you can get your hands on.  It just makes life better.  These cookies bake up soft, slightly chewy, with a depth of sweetness and a hint of spice.  They’re sort of my version of a granola bar… but really, I know better.  Yum.  Seriously.

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from Southern Living

makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

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1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups uncooked oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans

Beat the sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment.  Beat until creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.  Add the vanilla extract and beat until blended.

Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.  Add to the butter and egg mixture slowly beating on low speed until just incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans last.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 13 minutes or until they’ve reached your desired doneness.  I like mine a little underdone and cook them for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Or you could just eat them warm.  That’s probably the best idea.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies