Every one has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and some share the same recipe from the back of the chip package, but this recipe is for grown-ups with A LOT of will power. People think that the reason its so wonderful is the sprinkling of fine, pink himalayan salt on top of the cookie...but it's all necessary for a worthwhile dessert experience. It takes some prep and some chilling time, and they are best the next day. Don't take short cuts...do it right or just follow a different recipe...the process is well worth it! If you can manage it, you will want to "reward" yourself by eating another and another...you will be able to find all kinds of justifications for "just one more cookie". Alas, there is no cookie rehab...so consider yourself warned...these cookies are addictive and worth it! —lorigoldsby
Get your butter and eggs out and bring them up to room temperature. (overnight or several hours.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium until mixture is fluffy. (It will look like a whipped mousse) It should take 4-5 minutes.
While butter and sugar are being creamed, sift together flour, kosher salt, baking soda and baking powder.
Add eggs one at a time. add vanilla.
Fold in flour mixture 1/3 at a time by hand. Don't over stir. add chocolate chunks and pecans.
CHILL DOUGH OVERNIGHT. (I have managed to bake after 2 hours to stop my family from whining...but really, overnight)
Preheat oven to 375.
Line 4 baking sheets with non-stick pan lining paper (like parchment paper but it has foil on one side)
using a serving spoon, scoop out and place 6 cookies on each sheet
Bake 12 minutes. Immediately after pulling out of the oven, sprinkle GENEROUSLY with the fine himalayian salt (think of it as sugar, not salt, if needed!)
Let cool 2 minutes, then immediately move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Store in an airtight container. Believe it or not, these cookies just keep getting better the next day.
NOTE: If you don't have a good spice shop handy, himalyayian salt can be found on-ine in a lot of places, but locally, I always find great prices at the TJ Maxx store in their food department. Usually $5.99 for a 6oz. shaker.
NOTE: My husband LOVES these cookies but doesn't like the cookie dough raw...I think it has something to do with the way I whip and cream the butter and sugar together...raw, it just doesnt have that substanial "feel" and since he doesn't like it that way, no need to worry about raw eggs!
I learned to cook with my Gran. I can still see her reading a recipe and figuring out how she would make it better. She was fearless about substituting ingredients--but also knowledgeable. She approached food in the same way she built her antique business--appreciate quality ingredients and workmanship, but don't be a snob. I think I carry those same beliefs in my approach to cooking. I love family style dinners, I love a fancy ladies' luncheon with my wedding china, or a backyard seafood boil to celebrate my husband's birthday...I love to share food with others.