Chocolate Chip, Toasted Pecan, Coconut Cookies

January 22, 2008 · 27 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Cookies, Desserts

Could You Fit Anything Else in There?!

I picked up Amanda Hesser’s book Cooking for Mr. Latte after the holidays at the Harvard Book Store. I honestly had no idea who she was. In reality I thought that it was a new book since it was marked as a staff pick. Later in the evening Google revealed the truth to me. It seems Hesser writes for The New York Times and that her book actually came out in 2004. Apparently, she’s a fairly famous foodie in her own right, albeit at times a controversial one.

In the end I really enjoyed my selection. The short story format was fast paced and I loved how each chapter ended with an array of delicious recipes to try at home. I found myself dogearing page after page while reading on the T, which is a total sin and completely against my usual book etiquette but I didn’t want to forget to try anything. Those folded tabs have since been replaced by colorful mini post-its so you can all relax now.

It was difficult but I finally chose something simple to test. A cookie recipe with an obscene amount of chocolate — two entire bags to be exact (although Hesser used chocolate bars). When I told my cousin and her fiancé what kind of cookies they were eating the response was, “Wow…could you fit anything else in there!?”

Toast the Pecans
Toast the Pecans
Mix the Batter
Mix the Batter
Chop, Chop, Chop
Chop, Chop, Chop

Chocolate Chip, Toasted Pecan, Coconut Cookies (Inspired by Amanda Hesser’s recipe in Cooking for Mr. Latte)
Makes 4 dozen large cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups toasted chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 325°F

In a mixer cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat until smooth.

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer, beating on low until blended.

Pour in the chocolate, pecans, and coconut. Fold them in by hand with a spatula.

Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop the dough onto a well greased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned on the edges and cooked in the center. Cool on a rack.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly January 22, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Holy crap. Between these and the nutella cupcakes someone really IS going to have a HAPPY PERIOD this month!! Imagine me all fat and happy. 🙂


2 erin*carly January 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

ooooh, coconut sounds like such a good compliment to the chocolate and pecans! these remind me of the oatmeal cookie i’ve made a few times with pecans, chocolate, and heath toffee. yum yum.


3 kat January 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm

mmm yummy! speaking of nutella, i’ve been meaning to make these nutella calzones i saw on giada once.

i remmeber reading of amanda in julie and julia (did you know this is going to be a movie?) and am curious about all the controvery that surrounds her!


4 Laura January 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Yummm, I need to make these . . to make up for my bad cookie baking experience last weekend.


5 Erin January 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm

those look A MAZ ING!


6 Nix January 23, 2008 at 7:31 am

These sound so good! I just happen to have the day off tomorrow! Guess who is making cookies!


7 Miss Scarlett January 24, 2008 at 9:42 am

Hmmm…these might be the answer to my question, “What should I take to my friend’s Super Bowl party??” Love that the pecans are toasted first. YUM!


8 brilynn January 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I love cookies that are packed full of stuff, these sound great to me!


9 JEP January 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Now that is my kind of cookie!!


10 emma January 24, 2008 at 8:12 pm

i love that book!


11 megan January 24, 2008 at 9:14 pm

These look awesome. I love coconut and I love chocolate chip cookies. Sounds like a marriage made in heaven!


12 Kevin January 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Those cookies look so good. I like the addition of the coconut and pecans to a chocolate chip cookie.


13 Rob @ I Love Substance January 25, 2008 at 12:46 am

I keep coming back to these. I need to make them this weekend.

Did you make this recipe just for me because you know I would love it?


14 Jennifer January 26, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Wow! These have got to be delicious!


15 jessie January 28, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I looove Cooking For Mr. Latte–such a fun read. These cookies look phenomenal. They make me drool.


16 sappy March 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Absolutely wonderful. Just what I need.


17 Ashley June 3, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Yum those look good. I wish I could have one right now! I love stuffing lots of things into cookies.


18 Cookie Monster June 13, 2008 at 3:43 pm

These cookies are amazing! Thanks for making another batch for us Compete folks. We were spoiled with your cooking skills and Chris’s generosity handing out the goodies, both will be missed.


19 Al June 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm


I just had one of these cookies – absolutely mood altering!
What a great combination of flavors – they are the best.


20 Stephanie March 20, 2009 at 1:10 am

LOVED these – so good! I have ate 3 in the last 20 minutes!!


21 sunny December 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I made these cookies for a cookie exchange party. FABULOUS. the only thing is that I used the ice cream scoop to make the cookies, they were too big and did not yield 4 dozen. Try using a tablespoon measurer, smaller cookies, but you will get 4 dozen


22 Greg February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

These are so tasty!


23 Sadé March 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Just made these!!! amazingggggggggggggggg
I recommend them to everyone. and put in LOTS of chocolate chips if you like them chewy and sweet :))


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