Toasted Pecan, Orange and Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1.5 tsp orange zest
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup toasted pecans, chopped
½ - ¾ cups of dark chocolate chips (depending on your level of chocolate obsession)
Heat the oven to 400 degrees and place the pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toast the pecans for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Watch them carefully, as they can burn easily! Remove the pecans from the oven and chop them up. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees.
Cream the butter and both sugars together. Mix in the egg, orange zest, and vanilla. Whisk all the dry ingredients together and add the dry ingredients in thirds. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 12 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a cooling rack. After they've cooled, grab a few cookies, a glass of ice cold milk and enjoy!