Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

If you’re looking for an easy gift to give your hungry friends or family, this recipe isn’t something you should skip. Cookies are popular during the holidays and for good reason. They’re portable and delicious, so I say go ahead and use that to your advantage.

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Also, is it just me or do pecans taste like Christmas? I ate a pecan chocolate chip cookie back in late August and immediately felt like it was already December, so I filed that thought away until I could use it. I’m just hoping that’s not a weird personal thing, and that this applies to some people.

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These cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and each bite has a satisfying crunch from the pecans. The texture blend is amazing and I can’t even get over how good they taste either; oatmeal cookies are seriously underrated. And unless you forgot what I said earlier, they make an awesome gift.

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup browned butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

In a small saucepan, add your butter and let it melt completely. Wait for the color to darken slightly and then swirl the mixture around in the pan to spread the color. Browned butter smells sort of rich and nutty, so you should be able to tell once it’s ready.

Combine your butter and both sugars, then add in your egg and mix until completely combined.

Next, mix in your vanilla, baking soda, spices and salt. Once those are mixed through, add in your flour, oats and pecans and stir until the dough comes together.

Chill the dough for 15-30 minutes and preheat the oven to 375º F.

On a lined baking sheet, roll 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough and place them at least 1 ½ inches apart.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.

Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the tray or eating, and cool completely before packaging as a gift.

 

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