I came home from work one day and felt the need to bake. Sometimes following directions, stirring, adding, and creating can empty your mind and be calmingly therapeutic. I had been wanting to make a recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey since I had picked it up last fall, and a rummage through my cabinet in search of something I had lost yielded a forgotten bag of chocolate chunks. This recipe looked perfect- one bowl easy, and included chocolate and pecans, two of my favorites. These are big, substantial cookies that look beautiful and taste divine.
The Best One-Bowl Chocolate Chunk-Pecan Cookies
from Jill O'Connor's Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey
2 cups pecan halves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans on large baking sheet and toast in oven until they are warm and fragrant, 6 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cool completely.
Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted. Using a large wooden spoon, stir both sugars into the melted butter. When combined, add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Stir until smooth. Stir the flour, baking soda, and baking powder into the batter just until incorporated and a soft dough forms. Carefully fold in the chocolate chunks and cooled toasted pecans.
Use a 2 oz self-releasing ice cream scoop or a 1/4-cup measuring cup to measure out the cookie dough. Place the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, 45 to 60 minutes. Toward the end of chilling time, return the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake until the cookies are crisp and golden around the edges but still a little soft in the centers without being gooey, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let cool slightly. Transfer the cookies from the baking sheets to the wire racks and let cool to room temperature.