Makes 32 cookies

Prep and Cook Time: about 35 minutes. Store these cookies airtight for up to 2 days.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla until well blended and smooth; scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Step 2

In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans, if using.

Step 3

Dough will be crumbly; pinch into 1-tablespoon lumps and drop about 2 inches apart, onto buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake in a 300° oven until cookies are an even golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.

Step 5

With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release; let stand on pan to firm up, 2 to 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Ratings & Reviews

TabithaDePaolo's Review

November 12, 2012
This recipe was amazing! The cookies are thick and crispy and crumbly. I have looked for a recipe like this for a long time now. I found the dough to be a bit moister than expected, so I added 1/4 cup more of flour like another reviewer suggested, and they turned out fantastic!

livmcbride's Review

May 23, 2011
AMAZING!!!! Loved this recipe (as did EVERYONE who came over.) To the reviewers who think it's terrible dough etc - you basically mash it into a rough ball in your hand first and then carefully place them on a tray - AND THE BUTTER HAS TO BE COOLED or it'll turn into a soft cookie and spread too much!!! FOLLOW THE RECIPE and get in there with your hands!!!! I use macadamia nuts and whittakkers dark ghana chocolate. DEVINE!!!!!! xx

JennyYuen9's Review

September 06, 2010
This recipe sucked-no offense. I had to waste alot of ingredients as well as money. I wouldn't recommend it.

trace1nz's Review

March 03, 2010
This recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I did find the mixture to be a bit wet, but an extra 1/4C flour solved that. Beautifully crunchy. I sent some along to my partner's work and they went down very well.

tdiprincess's Review

January 10, 2010
This is a terrible recipe. I have never had to throw out cookies and dough, but this time was a first. This is made like a shortbread cookie but then adds things that aren't normally in shortbread cookies. The combination is terrible! There was not enough moisture. The cookies didn't spread. The dough was extremely difficult to mold into balls and after baking they fell apart. This recipe needs to be removed, please!