Last updated on December 7th, 2021.
These Coffee Pecan Cookies are chubby, chewy, and truly addictive. Every bite is loaded with coffee flavor and crunchy texture coming from the chopped pecans. If you feel adventurous use this candied pecans recipe instead of toasted ones.
And as for the chocolate chips? well, these are just an added bonus. Because chocolate baked everything so much better. Am I right?
Do you want to hear something funny? when I started testing this recipe, it was supposed to be Pecan-Dates cookies. I added some coffee to bring out the flavor of the dates and realized that chocolate chips cookies would be a much better fit for what all of a sudden became Coffee Pecan Cookies recipe. Sometimes you just got to roll with it. And also, this quarantine/homeschooling/5 meals a day plus 8 snacks in between has turned this Mommy into a walking sleeping pill so this is pretty much a survival kit item.
Having said that, I must add and say that you can most defiantly replace the chocolate chips with some chopped dates.
Ingredients used in this recipe:
- Bread Flour, I wanted the cookies to be chewy and the best way to do so is by using bread flour which contains a higher percentage of protein. The high content of protein creates more gluten threads, hence a chewy bite.
- Ground pecans, I simply used store-bought toasted pecans and processed them in the food processor into a fine meal. (looks like almond flour)
- Baking powder and baking soda, these two ingredients firstly help the cookie spread and puff and secondly give a tender crumbly bite.
- Butter, at room temperature.
- Light brown sugar, brown sugar has molasses in it. In addition to flavor, the molasses attracts moisture into the cookie dough which means more chewiness.
- Espresso powder, use anything between 1/2-1 tsp depending on your personal taste. However, if you do not have espresso powder in hand, use instant coffee and mix it with the vanilla extract. The liquid in the vanilla extract will help dissolve the dry coffee.
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips, in this recipe I used milk chocolate chips simply because it is my favorite. However, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) would be great. Please keep in mind that the cookies are not overly sweet.
- Chopped pecans, again I used store-bought toasted pecans and used a kitchen knife to roughly chop the nuts. Here is a post about how to toast pecans, oven, microwave and stovetop.
How to bake this recipe:
Firstly, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Then start by mixing the dry ingredients (flour, grinned pecans, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) together in a medium bowl.
In addition, using a separate small bowl, mix the vanilla extract with the espresso (or instant coffee) together.
Next mix butter with sugar until light and creamy followed by the egg and last the vanilla/espresso mix.
Add the flour and mix just for a few seconds (we don’t want to create strong gluten threads. That will toughen the cookies ), using a rubber spatula to fully incorporate the ingredients.
Fold in chocolate chips and chopped pecan.
Storing the Cookies
The cookies can be store at room temperature in a tight container or a cookie jar for 5-7 days.
Also, they freeze well baked or unbaked.
- Baked – place cookies in a freezable plastic bag and freeze up to two months.
- Unbaked – Scoop the cookies into balls, place in the refrigerator to slightly harden than in a freezable plastic bag. Freeze for up to two months. To bake the frozen dough, remove cookie dough from the freezer and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, allow to reach room temperature and bake.
Few more notes about this Coffee Pecan Cookies:
- The cookies are ready to be eaten a few minutes after removed from the oven, however, please note that the coffee flavor will get stronger a day later.
- If you do not have any bread flour, use all-purpose flour. (The cookies might spread a bit more)
- The number of cookies might vary depending on the size of the cookie spoon you are using.
- To make a small batch (6 cookies) cut the recipe in half and also use 1 egg yolk.
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Coffee Pecan Cookies
- 1 Stick Unsalted butter, soften (113 g / 4 oz)
- 1/2 Cup + 1 tsp Light brown sugar (113g / 4 oz)
- 1 Cup + 2 TBS Bread Flour ( 140g / 5 oz)
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup Finely ground pecans ( 56 g / 2 oz)
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/2-1 tsp Espresso powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2/3 Cup Chocolate chips (113 g / 4 oz)
- 3/4 Cup Chopped pecans (90 g / 3 oz)
Preheat oven to 350F and line two cookie pans with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl sift the flour, ground pecans, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a fork to distribute and set aside.
Place espresso powder in a small bowl add the vanilla extract and allow the powder to dissolve.
In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. About 2-3 minutes.
Add the egg and mix to incorporate then add the vanilla-espresso mix.
Sprinkle in the flour mix then stop the mixer and fold in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
Spoon the dough into cookie balls and place them on a cookie sheet leaving 2.5" space between each cookie.
Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the sides of the cookies are golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.