When I started Cooking On The Weekends a few years ago, I had no idea that not only would I be continuing my career in an area I’m passionate about, but that I would also gain a whole community of new friends. I’ve made foodie friends not only around the globe, but am also fortunate enough to be a part of a local group, Food Bloggers Los Angeles. Run by Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen, Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious and Patti of Worth The Whisk, this group of foodies has become something I truly love being a part of.
After missing a handful of our monthly meetings in a row, yesterday at our annual Cookie and Cookbook Swap, it was as if no time had passed. As much as I loved trying everyone’s creative cookie recipes, I so enjoyed seeing my fellow LA food bloggers.
You know how I’ve shared that my husband jokes that I’m often consumed with “the blog and the dog?” Well with these folks I can go on and on about the blog, and when the lovely Louise of Jeeze Louise is around, I can also go on and on about the dog! (I stick to going on and on about my boys with my husband — something I’m also quite good at.)
I made these super rich, flavorful and delicious Brown Butter Pecan Praline Chocolate Chip Cookies for yesterday’s event. I love how they turned out! If you’re heading to any holiday cookie exchanges, or simply want to eat yummy cookies, I highly recommend these!
You can check out all of the cookie recipes from the LA food bloggers at the bottom of this post.
- 1-1/2 cups whole pecans
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup brown butter, softened (Here's How to Make Brown Butter.)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed golden brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and spread an even layer of the pecans on one of them. When the oven is preheated, toast the pecans until they are becoming a bit browned and are very aromatic. Remove from the oven, place in a small bowl and set aside to cool.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown butter with the sugars, salt and vanilla. Mix for about 2 minutes with a large wooden spoon, an electric hand mixer or in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add the eggs and mix until it's a smooth batter.
- Now add the dry ingredients and mix just until it's incorporated. Set aside.
- Add the cooled, toasted pecans to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend until they are finely ground.
- Fold the ground pecans and chocolate chips into the batter.
- Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to shape balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets -- they should be about a tablespoon each.
- Bake in the preheated 350 degree F oven just until they are becoming golden along the edges, about 10 minutes. They should still appear doughy and will be soft. Remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then carefully transfer them to a to a cooling rack.
Food Bloggers LA 2013 Cookie Exchange Recipes
- Chai Tea Cookies — Cathy Arkle of She Paused 4 Thought (She also got tired of rolling the dough and refashioned the rest into Baby Hedgehog cookies.)
- Butter Pecan Fudge — Dorothy Reinhold (me!) from Shockingly Delicious.
- Antioxidant Chocolate Bark — Erika Kerekes (our hostess) of In Erika’s Kitchen.
- Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bars with White Chocolate Chips – Jennifer Richmond of Kitchy Cooking.
- Chocolate Chip and Apricot Walnut Rugelach and Vegan Chocolate Mini Cupcakes (“Naughty & Nice Cookies”) — Dana of Foodie Goes Healthy
- Vintage Sponge Drops with Double Fudge Filling — Leslie Macchiarella of Bake This Cake.
- Sicilian Christmas cookies — Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.
- Cranberry Orange Walnut Sugar Cookies — Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash.
- Mini Chocolate Nut Sandwich Cookies — Kelly Page of Tasting Page.
- Rosemary Raisin Cocktail Shortbread — Sharon Graves of Cheesy Pennies.
- Saketini Christmas Balls, Chocolate Macarons with Japanese Wine Cream Centers, and Matcha Green Tea Cookies with Chocolate Centers & Espresso Cookies with Caramel Fillings — Kim Watkinson of Ninja Baking.
- Blueberry Coconut Mini Cupcakes, Rainbow Chocolate Bark, and Vegan Gingersnaps — Judy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze.
- Chocolate-Dipped Apricots with Pistachios — Adair Seldon of Lentil Breakdown.
- Spumoni Shortbread — Nancy Rose Eisman of Adventures with Nancy Rose.
- Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cardamom Gingersnap Cookies — Alison Ashton of Nourish Network .
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Bars — Alanna Waldron of Eats Real Food.
- Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies — Tanaya Ghosh of Tanaya’s Table. (Tanaya’s Table, the blog, will launch in 2014.)
- Black and White Cookies — Tina Kil. (Her blog isn’t up yet, but watch for her contributions in the future!)