These cookies are legit.
They are much a mouthful to say as they are a mouthful to eat. They are absolutely STUFFED full with all sorts of yummy and delicious tidbits of YUM. We’re talking big chocolate chunks, buttered pecans, and YES even BOURBON.
To say that these cookies are full of flavor would be a sad sad sad understatement. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical that browning the butter would add more flavor, but it is DEFINITELY worth the few minutes of effort. That along with the bourbon… I’m in heaven over here.
So I lightened these cookies up as best as could be done. I used a light butter and substituted in a brown sugar/stevia blend in place of traditional brown sugar. Why? Because it’s less sugar and I have never, not once, minded the swap. If you wanted to take a it a step further, you could also swap the sugar for a natural sweetener.
While these cookies DO take a couple of additional steps; toasting the buttered pecans and making the brown butter, each and every extra moment spent on them is entirely worth it. Don’t. Skip. A thing.
The end result of these cookies was a delicious, decadent, ooey-gooey bite of cookie bliss. Seriously. These cookies go fast. And they are big huge GIANT cookies too. We’re talking almost 1/4 cup of cookie dough to make each one.
TheSkinnyFork.com GIANT cookies that are made with bourbon, brown butter, pecans, chocolate chunks, and lots of love! Don't take these cookies lightely - even if they are lightened-up. Prep Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 Cookie • Calories: 269 • Fat: 18 g • Saturated Fat: 8 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 153 g • Sodium: 132 mg
• 1 1/2 C. Chopped Pecans
• 1 1/2 Tbsp. Light Butter
• 2 Sticks (1 C.) Light Butter
• 2 1/3 C. All-Purpose Flour
• 1 Tsp. Salt
• 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
• 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
• 1/2 C. Brown Sugar/Sweetener Blend
• 1/2 C. Sugar
• 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
• 2 Tbsp. Bourbon
• 2 Large Eggs, At Room Temperature
• 12 Oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
• 24 Pecan Halves, Optional
• Sea Salt, Optional Directions:
Melt the 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Add in the 1 1/2 C. chopped pecans and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Place the 1 C. butter into a large sauce pan over a medium to medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 3 minutes or until the butter is browned.
Transfer the butter to a heat safe bowl and place it in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. You want the brown butter to be ‘room temperature’. (It should not be liquidy at all!)
Once the butter is back to a room temperature, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 1/3 C. flour, 1 Tsp. salt, 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1 Tsp. baking side until well combined.
In another large bowl, or the base of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the 1/2 C. brown sugar blend, 1/2 C. sugar, and the cooled brown butter. Beat together on a medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add in the 2 Tsp. vanilla and 2 Tbsp. bourbon and beat again until well combined.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Fold in the flour mixture JUST until it begins to disappear.
Add in the 12 Oz. chocolate chunks and the buttered pecans and fold in until just combined.
Scoop the dough out into about 3 Tbsp. amounts and roll into a ball to be placed on the prepared baking sheets.
Press a pecan half into the top if desired.
Place the baking sheets into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until just the edges are starting to turn golden brown.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Nutritional Claims: Low Sodium • Low Potassium • Kidney Friendly •Pescatarian • Peanut Free • Soy Free • Fish Free • Shellfish Free • Pork Free • Red Meat Free • Crustacean Free • Celery Free • Mustard Free • Sesame Free • Lupine Free • Mollusk Free