It’s no secret I love dessert. But the thing I think I love most (besides the eating) is the experimentation of it all. Each year I challenge myself to come up with new baking recipes and fun twists on classics. I’ll admit, since baking is a science, sometimes my “experiments” don’t always turn out amazing but I have to say most of the time I’m super excited by the tasty results. And tasty results are exactly what I got when I decided to play around with one of my favorite “holiday’ cookie recipes: Pecan Roll Cookies.
If you’ve never had them, they are egg-free cookies made from flour, butter, cream cheese and chopped pecans. When they are finished baking, they are rolled in powdered sugar, giving them a snowy white appearance—the perfect cookie for winter holiday fetes. The taste is divine because they simply melt in your mouth.
I was seriously craving these but I can never leave well enough alone so I decided to do an adaptation on my tried and true recipe by adding chocolate. Now, I’ll admit, this wasn’t much of a risk since, let’s face it, chocolate makes almost anything better, but you really never know with baking. I’m happy to report that the addition of mini semi sweet chocolate chips was a fantastic idea (if I do say so myself). These cookies can be made up to five days in advance so they are perfect for all of your upcoming cookie swaps or dinner parties. Serve them up with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and you will be in holiday cookie heaven.
Bonus!: This recipe is PERFECT to make with the kiddies since they will love forming the logs and rolling them in the powdered sugar. Since they are egg free, you can even let them eat the raw dough! If the cookies are a little hot for their hands to roll in the powdered sugar, have them use two forks or a spoon to help.
Chocolate Chip Pecan Roll Cookies
Makes approx. 24 cookies
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1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperarure
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups confectioners sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a reusable silicone liner or parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a mixer cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
3. In another bowl whisk together flour, granulated sugar and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour to the butter mixture. Add in pecans and chocolate chips. Mix until just combined. Dough will be a little crumbly. Shape dough into 2 inch logs and place onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 12 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners sugar and cool on wire rack.
Christina Stanley-Salerno is a mama, recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and blogger atTakeBackYourTable.com. She loves cooking for and with her family. Life is hectic, but Christina is passionate about mealtime because she believes that family meals are the glue that holds everyone together. Creating simple, quick and healthy meals is her specialty and her trick to keeping the family meal a reality, even on busy weeknights.
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