Maple Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies
For my sweet Sarah: I honestly can not wait to see you marry the man of your dreams and to watch you walk down that aisle. You are going to be a stunning bride and I am so happy to be a witness to that and to have been your friend for all these years. You have grown into such a beautiful woman and I am so happy for all that you have become. Love you and can’t wait for the big day!
It is funny how excited I become for this time of year. Spring time yields warmer weather and that ever-so-loved daylight savings time change. The days are longer and the sun begs to stay up for as long as possible. The Southern California girl in me couldn’t be happier. The other gift spring and summer give is wedding season. My schedule starts to pick up and the work load piles high; but I couldn’t be more honest in saying that I love it. I also have a few close friends tying the knot this year so not only will I be working weddings, but also attending! My dear childhood friend is getting married in May and in order to save time (and money!) she has asked some of her guests to contribute to a dessert bar; cookies, pies, etc… Of course I was more than willing to help and decided that I needed to embark on the perfect cookie recipe for her big day. I originally wanted to title these cookies “Maple Pecan Wedding Cookies” only because you should know that these little beauties are fancy and should be eaten for momentous occasions. I found this incredible Pure Maple Sugar at Whole Foods recently and have been itching to use it in a baked good, but have been holding off for the perfect opportunity. This sugar is not particularly cheap by any means and because it is a bit pricey, I decided that these cookies are elegant and are meant for impressing and awing friends. Now, don’t get me wrong, you are more than welcome to make these on a lazy Sunday afternoon, because after-all, who am I to say that we all don’t deserve a little lavishness every once in a while. Just know that the maple sugar adds incredible flavor to these cookies and is worth every penny for the splurge! The cookies are vegan, dairy-free and eggless, so feel free to get on in there and lick the spoon! I of course, had to add a bit of Maldon Salt to these babies because I can not get enough of that delicious salty/sweet combination. It is fabulously useful to purchase a good flaky finishing sea salt for your pantry stock. You will learn it makes all the difference in most dishes. Sometimes, a bit of extravagantness is necessary my friends. Enjoy!
- 1 TBSP flaxmeal
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 cup pure maple sugar (see note*)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 5 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 TBSP organic maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped pecan pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate chunks (option to use vegan chocolate)
- Maldon salt for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350. In a small dish, make the “flax egg”; Mixing 1 TBSP flaxmeal with 1/4 cup warm water, whisk with a fork and set aside for 5 minutes to sort of “congeal”. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, whisk with a fork to combine and break up the clumps. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and add in the flax egg. Fold in the chocolate and the pecan pieces. Using an ice cream scoop, for even measurements, scoop out the cookies onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the cookies with maldon salt and bake for 13-15 minutes. The edges should be golden brown but the insides not quite set. They will harden as they cool so be sure to under-cook rather than over-cook.
- Organic Pure Maple Sugar can be found at most health food stores. If you cannot find it, substitute 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup cane sugar.