Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chocolate chip, raisin, pecan cookies.

I am starting to think about the holidays and the lovely baking and cooking ahead. So, around this time of year I spend way too much time looking through cookbooks, food blogs , magazines and drooling over all the possibilities. So, in the mean time I wanted to make something easy, fast and tasty... a big old cookie. 
These cookies are adapted from non other than Martha and are so easy to make. You could  switch out different kinds of fruit and nuts and omit the chocolate chips if you wanted. Even adding in some citrus zest or juice could add all kinds of flavors. I choose, pecans, raisins and chocolate chips...but let your imagination run wild. That is if you are not already focused on pumpkin, cinnamon and apple tarts like I am.

Just make sure that you have a giant glass of milk and a smile waiting!
Ne Plus Ultra Cookies
Adapted ever so slightly from Martha Stewart's Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 & 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips ( I used semisweet)
1 cup raisins
1 and 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium speed until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined

Sift flour, salt, and baking soda into a bowl and add to the butter mixture on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans. ( Or whatever combination of additions you want.)

Transfer about one inch balls of dough to a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing about 1 and 1/2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown about 15 to 17 minutes. Check and rotate cookies halfway. Let cool on a wire rack. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for about 3 to 3 days. 

Enjoy while you are planning your holiday goodies... I did!!!


  1. These sound chunky and delicious!You can't go wrong with nuts and chocolate. :)

  2. These cookies look crunchy and yummy. I love raisin with chocolate... they always make a wonderful taste :)

  3. Those cookies look great! I too am scouring my cooking mags and books for what I will be making. I haven't fully decided on anything, yet!

  4. Nothin beats a classic cookie like this :) I've been all over the mags/blogs/cookbooks too though for holiday cookies!

  5. This looks fantastic. I'll be attending a cookie swap in a few weeks and this may well be a part of it. Thanks for passing the recipe along!

  6. Theese look delicious! I love cookies with lots of add-ins tucked inside :) Perfect for snacking and for the season...thanks for sharing!

  7. who doesn't love cookies, and those sound delicious! I love pecans, and mix them with a little chocolate and throw in some raisins and you got a great cookie!