For the Buttered Pecans:
1 1/2 cups pecan halves, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
For the Cookies:
2 sticks (8oz.) unsalted butter, melted until browned (directions below).
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (don’t pack the flour into the measuring cup!)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. bourbon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
12oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips.
1. Make the Brown Butter:
Melt the two sticks of butter in a pan over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes – stirring constantly – until the butter is browned. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. The color will progress from lemony-yellow to golden-tan to, finally, a toasty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, immediately take the pan off the heat and transfer the browned butter into a heat-proof bowl to cool. You want it to cool it to room temperature. You’ll know the butter is at room temperature when you press a finger into the top and it makes a slight indentation. It should not be liquid at all. You can place the bowl in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling.
2. Make the Buttered Pecans:
While the butter is cooling, just use the same pan to cook your pecans. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter and the pecans to the pan and cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until lightly toasted. About 4-5 min. Set aside.
3. Make the Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients: Flour, Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda. Wisk well and set the bowl aside.
In your stand mixer, combine the cooled Browned Butter and both sugars. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat it long enough that the color changes and it lightens. Then add the vanilla and bourbon until combined. Next, add in the eggs, one at a time. Turn mixer off and gently fold in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula. Stir only until the flour begins to disappear. Then fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
Roll 3 Tbsp. sized scoops of dough between your palms to form a ball (they should be about 1/4 cup), then place on cookie sheets. Leave room for spreading. Bake for 8-9 minutes.