Pecan Praline Cookies

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These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips.

These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips. - ZagLeft

I rarely post a recipe for cookies twice in a week but I know you’ll forgive me this time.  This gem of a recipe is really too good to be saved for later and I’m so excited to share it with you today!

This recipe for Pecan Praline Cookies was created as a contest entry for a food blogging conference I was attending.  I needed to come up with a cookie recipe using a few ingredients from a list which included pecans.  I needed to create a cookie recipe that only took thirty minutes from start to finish to make.  Sadly, these lovely cookies took slightly longer than 30 minutes and while I could probably have rushed though the mixing process and gotten the cookies mixed and baked in time, I didn’t want to risk it.  Instead, I came up with a recipe for delicate and flavorful Pumpkin and Pecan Polvorones for my contest entry and I decided to save these Pecan Praline cookies to share with you on my blog.

These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips. - ZagLeft

I’m a Southern gal, born and raised in the Deep South – New Orleans to be exact.  I grew up watching pralines being made in the kitchens of my aunts and on any stroll through the French Quarter on any given day, I would see the ladies stirring the big copper pots of butter and sugar at any one of the various praline stores.

These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips. - ZagLeft

Even though I grew up around pralines, I never tried making them until last year.  Pralines are a bit like candy and making candy has always been a little intimidating to me.  Last year, I decided to throw caution to the wind and make some pralines and while doing so I created Butter Pecan Cupcakes and added little bits of pralines to the top of each cupcakes.  Since pralines are so easy to make, I make them all the time.

Pralines are truly a treat. They’re crumbly and buttery and each bite melts-in-your mouth. They’re a sinfully delicious dessert (or candy) and they’re addictive in the best way possible.  You only need a few ingredients to make pralines. Butter, brown sugar, milk and of course, pecans.  Making pralines is a fast process and you can’t leave the pot to do anything else until they’re finished.  Once you start the process of making pralines, it goes quickly and there’s no time to search for an ingredient.  Last year, I wrote up a tutorial on making pralines which you might find helpful if you want to make a batch.

I decided to take my original praline recipe, which yields about 2 dozen amazing pralines and adjust it so I only made about 8.  Personally, I think 8 pralines is the perfect number.  Any more and I’d be breaking off little pieces and snacking on them throughout the day.

Pralines are sweet – very sweet, but since I crumble the pralines into the cookie dough, the little pieces you discover as you bite into the Pecan Praline Cookies are a lovely buttery, melt-in-your-mouth surprise.

Very quickly, here’s how you make the mini-batch of pralines…

Combine 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of heavy cream and a tablespoon of butter in a heavy medium-sized pot on a medium-high heat.

Making pralines - Pecan Praline Cookies - ZagLeft

Stir everything together.

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When the mixture comes to a boil, start stirring constantly.

Making pralines 3 - Pecan praline cookies - zagleft

Making pralines 4 - Pecan praline cookies - zagleft

Add 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes, still stirring constantly.

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Remove the pot from the heat.  Continue to stir for 1 minute longer.  The syrup will become creamy and cloudy and will start to thicken.  Next, carefully drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool.

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Be careful.  The syrup is extremely hot.

While the pralines are cooling, make the cookie batter and add in crumbled pieces of pralines and chocolate chips.  Bake the cookies in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

These Pecan Praline Cookies are soft and chewy in the middle.  The buttery taste of the pralines compliment the sweetness of the chocolate chips.  These cookies are easy to make and are perfect to serve around the holidays.

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Pecan Praline Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
PRALINES
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup pecans , chopped
COOKIES
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugars, the heavy cream and the butter in a medium-sized pot over a medium-high heat.
  2. When the mixture comes to aboil, start stirring constantly. Add the pecans. Let it boil and continue stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir for 1 minute more. The syrup will become creamy and cloudy and will start to thicken.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Let cool.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  7. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.
  8. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  9. Slowly add in flour mixture.
  10. Stir in chocolate chips.
  11. Crumble pralines and fold to cookie batter.
  12. Bake for 8-10 minutes on until golden brown.
  13. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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