Spicy Pecan Dark Chocolate Cookies

Spicy Pecan Dark Chocolate Cookies

When I was in my twenties, I got really into genealogy for a while.  I traced my mother's family back to the boat.  As it turns out, after moving from England in the late 1700s and a brief stint in North Carolina, my mother's family settled in south Georgia and they just never left.  We are talking more than 200 years of living in the same part of the state, of the country. 

My family were farmers.  My grandfather held a huge piece of land in south Georgia, which he farmed mostly for commodity crops - cotton, tobacco, soybeans and peanuts.  But he had quite a few mouths to feed, so he also farmed for his own family.  For a time when I was a kid, we moved to live on my grandfather's farm in the deepest south of south Georgia.  Our house was situated in the midst of a soybean field and we had a row of pecan (pronounced pee-can if you're from the south) trees in our front yard.  When it was pecan season, my mom and I would go out everyday after work & school to pick up pecans to take to the shelling place in town - because when you're dealing in 5 gallons buckets of pecans, you don't crack them by hand. 

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There was actually no chore I dreaded more than collecting pecans.  Sure, I like eating them, but picking them up one by one by one thousand is back breaking work.  I guess you could say loving pecans is in my blood.  After all, it's been a family food for generations.  But I'm happy to let someone else do the work these days.

Since becoming gluten free, I have experimented with a lot of different kinds of flour.  But until today, I had never tried pecan flour.  Let me tell you, it is delicious.  I ordered mine from amazon.  And while this flour is made from Texas pecans instead of nuts grown in Georgia, it is still wonderful.  (This is not an advertisement, just a really great product)

If you don't have pecan flour for these cookies, you can substitute any kind of nut flour (almond, hazelnut, pistachio) or even just use the full amount of GF 1 to 1 for a more traditional chocolate chip cookie flavor.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Recipe:

  • 3/4 C Pecan Flour
  • 1 C GF 1-to-1 Flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 C Butter Flavored Coconut Oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 Large Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 C Pecans, roasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 C Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped (you can also use chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.  Stir together until well mixed.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine coconut oil and sugars.  Beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes until fluffy.  Add in eggs and beat another 90 seconds or so.  Add in vanilla.  Turn mixer to lowest speed and slowly add in the flour mixture.  Once it is just combined, dump in the chocolate and chopped nuts and fold together with a spatula.

Scoop into golf ball size pieces and place onto prepared cookie sheets space 2-3 inches apart.  

Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes until edges are set.  Remove from oven and cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool.

Store in airtight container.

Makes 24 cookies.  

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