Chocolate Chunk, Pecan & Salted Caramel Cookies . . . featuring The Smart Cookie!

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Gourmet inspired chocolate chunk cookies with chopped pecans and salted caramels! Bake some now, and store some ready-to-bake during the holidays with the help of The Smart Cookie!

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons of hot water
  • 1  1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup of good quality semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup of pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of salted caramels, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and sugars together until light and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and combine well.
  4. Combine the baking soda with the hot water and add the liquid to the cookie batter and combine.
  5. Add the kosher salt to the flour and whisk to combine, then add to the mixer combining well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chunks, pecans and salted caramels into the dough.
  7. Using a medium OXO scoop (1 1/2 tablespoon capacity) or spoons drop dough onto the baking sheet AND if using The Smart Cookie use 1 1/2 cups of dough to fill the tray and place in the freezer to use later!
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden . . . *Note: every oven bakes differently so keep and eye on yours to determine the optimal baking time. 
  9. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. Recipe yielded 16 cookies (using a 1/2 TBSP capacity medium cookie scoop) and 13 cookies using The Smart Cookie. If using the entire recipe with a medium cookie scoop it should yield 32 cookies. Feel free to double the recipe for a big batch for the holidays!

Now to assist with your bake some now, freeze some later strategy (especially for the holidays) The Smart Cookie from Shape+Store is the perfect solution. What I was doing prior to using this product was placing cookie sheets into the freezer, and I have to tell you this is a lot easier (and less dangerous for those unsuspecting family members who opened the freezer!). The Smart Cookie is a fantastic product for forming and freezing home made cookies. With a 1 1/2 cup cookie dough capacity, The Smart Cookie easily divided my dough into 12 (plus 2 halves which I easily melded together to form a 13th cookie) equal easy to remove portions (they just pop right out!). The Smart Cookie is also very easy to clean. Check out the awesome product photos below  . . .


I honestly love it – so easy to use. What a great xmas gift idea for the bakers in your family. Check out the Shape+Store website – as you will also see the “Burger Master” which I reviewed last week. Both products are fantastic and together make a wonderful gift idea for the foodies or kitchen gadget lovers in your family.

FINAL LOGO for webDisclosure:  This post was written in partnership with Shape+Store to help spread the word about their product lines.  The opinions shared about their products are entirely my own.


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