Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies will shock and amaze you. They are butter free, oil free and refined sugar free. They are also thick, fat and chunky…..just the way I like my vegan chocolate chip cookies to be. I have a secret to them too….I use pecan butter and cornstarch. The pecan butter makes them amazingly rich and by adding just a bit of cornstarch, it makes them so tender. They have also been taste tested and generously approved by my tough critic of a husband and great friend, Lesli. For that, I know they are a winner!

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These chocolate chip cookies were inspired by my Roasted Pecan Butter recipe I posted yesterday. These are so “buttery” I had to pinch myself. They are so rich, so moist and so full of flavor….without a drop of butter.

I wanted them super thick and juicy…..mission accomplished ๐Ÿ™‚

Supersized Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Makes about 14 cookies, depending on how big you make them

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1 cup roasted pecan butter (Click on theย link belowย to see how to make this. Pecan butter is creamier and oilier than other nut butters, so I wouldn’t recommend subbing anything. I made them with peanut butter and the taste was good, but they were more dry and didn’t hold together as well)

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (depending on how much you added when you make the pecan butter, this may need to be adjusted)

1/2-3/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips plus extra to stick on the top if desired

Tip: The key to getting these as chunky and thick is to follow the exact steps. You must chill the dough first and also only divide the dough into no more than 14 cookies. If you make more than that, they won’t be as fluffy.


After making the roasted pecan butter here, make sure to measure 1 cup in case you made more than that in the food processor. Add it to a bowl with the syrup and vanilla. Stir until well combined. In a small bowl,ย sift togetherย the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk very well. Make sure there are no lumps. Stir the chocolate chips into the flour mixture. Nowย add the flour into the wet ingredients a small amount at a time, stirring until just combined. Put the bowl into the fridge for 20 minutes to chill only.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Depending on how creamy you pulsed your pecan butter, your batter may be a bit crumbly. If so, justย press the dough together roughly with your handsย by large spoonfuls. Divide the dough into 12-14 cookies only, if you want them thick and fluffy. I added a few extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do NOT flatten or spread out the dough, leave it piled high. They should bake high and fluffy as in the pictures. I made 3 batches and they all turned out fabulously fluffy. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Mine was perfect just after 11 minutes. Do not over bake!

Cool 10 minutes and transfer to cool completely on a cooling rack before handling…if you can contain yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚ After they have cooled, place them on a papertowel to drain any extra pecan butter.

Nutrition per cookie: 297 calories/ 23 carbs/ 3.8g protein/ 22g fat

What are you still looking at the photos for…go make these!

Supersized Chocolate Chip Cookie


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88 Comments on “Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. December 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM #

    Those look incredible, I just can’t believe what you do without dairy, using the pecan butter as the fat is brilliant. I so love your recipes. Saving and making this!

    • December 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM #

      Thanks so much sweet lady! You’re too kind. I would never have believed what vegan baking can present if I hadn’t become vegan and spent so many hours in the kitchen doing trial after trial to come up with these recipes. These though, unbelievably taste to rich you will be shocked they don’t have butter! I hope you enjoy. I can’t get enough ๐Ÿ™‚

      • December 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

        You should write a vegan cookbook, there are not enough good vegan recipes out there and you have really perfected the art of cooking vegan. I’m serious!!

    • December 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM #

      Oh girl you just made my day! That means SO MUCH for you to say that because I spend so many hours and trials trying to create these recipes and it can be overwhelming because there are a lot of flops in the kitchen when cooking vegan and gluten free also. Your encouragement means a lot to me. I would love to do a cookbook! I wouldn’t even know where to begin…maybe some day somebody will ask ๐Ÿ™‚

      • December 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

        Using the pecan butter to sub for butter is brilliant and they are so fat and fluffy unlike so many vegan cookies that are flat and quite frankly taste like cardboard, Anyone that works as hard as you do to perfect their trade should be published, look at it as a service to all those vegans who need you and your great recipes.

    • December 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM #

      You are so sweet…I really appreciate your kind words. That encourages me so much! I agree too….a lot of them taste like cardboard but none of mine do and all my non-vegan friends can attest to that, lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!

  2. Tiffany Cockrell
    December 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

    Oh girl! I luv choco chip cookies and white macadmain nut cookies. Yums! Is there veggan white chips?

    • December 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM #

      Thanks! There are no white chocolate chips in these but in case you are asking just for info purposes, yes there are vegan white chocolate chips. ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at whole foods. I’m not a huge fan because of the ingredients and sugar amount. But stay tuned because I have a homemade white chocolate recipe coming soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM #

    Supersize me takes on a whole new awesome meaning with these cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

    • December 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM #

      Yes, thank you Uru! I thought of you when posting these! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    Oh my goshhhh these look AMAZING. Hands down best cookie I’ve seen all week. If only I had pecans in my pantry!! But maybe I’ll try this with peanut butter sometime soon…also, Brandi do you read Oh She Glows? I’m guessing yes because you totally channel her in this post. Ahh! I want these cookies so much. Thick and chewy is how I love em!!

    • December 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

      What a compliment!! Thanks Erika!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they would still taste good with peanut butter but I’m scared they won’t be nearly as moist as I find peanut butter oddly can leave a dry taste when baked. Let me know if you try them but definitely grab some pecans and make them if you can…they really make the cookie. Pecans become VERY oily when roasted, lending a huge buttery taste to the cookies. In fact, this discovery is prompting me to try it in other baked goods! It is remarkable, so they are much oilier than peanut butter. Oh and yes, I’ve recently discovered her blog! Love it!! I love that she uses wholesome ingredients as well and seems to have lots of passion which I love. What do you mean “channel her”? Sorry, I’m really slow, lol!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • December 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM #

        Ah, I know what you mean…you’re right, I have had experiences with kind of dry peanut butter baked goods. I will have to try pecans then!

        And I think you “channel her” as in I just get the same kind of upbeat, enthusiastic vibe from your posts as she gives off in her posts. Plus you guys are both enthusiastic about ESPECIALLY super healthy but delicious-looking concoctions ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good thing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • December 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

      Aww well thank you so much for that generous compliment then..if I’m reminding you of Angela at Oh She Glows, I’ll gladly take that! She has a hugely successful blog I see!! So, thanks girl!! I’m glad I’m giving off that vibe ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. December 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM #


  6. December 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM #

    These cookies look wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! yum!!! I can’t wait to get baking on Friday!!

    • December 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM #

      Thank you so much Alice!! Please let me know if you make them!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. erin
    December 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM #

    oh my gracious. these look flipping fantastic. and I’ve been looking for a not-boring cookie recipe to make as a thank you gift. hello, found it!

    • December 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM #

      Oh thank you so much Erin for such a wonderful compliment and for stopping by! I really appreciate it! I truly hope you and your friend receiving the gift enjoy the cookies as much as we all did!! Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. December 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM #

    Yummy! How unique that they are made with maple syrup instead of sugar.

    • December 6, 2012 at 1:57 AM #

      Thank you Joanie! Yes, the maple syrup gives a wonderful sweet flavor and that great chewiness we all love in a cookie!

  9. December 6, 2012 at 4:22 AM #

    I LOVE the incorporation of the pecan butter. These look soooo good I am literally salivating. I am obsessed with a good chocolate chip cookie!

    • December 6, 2012 at 6:40 AM #

      Thank you so much Brittany!! Salivating is a good sign, haha! The pecan butter really is what makes this cookie so unique and so rich! You gotta try them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Peggy McNees
    December 6, 2012 at 5:23 AM #

    What? Only 12 cookies! Your Uncle Tom will eat those in one sitting……hardly worth heating up the oven for….ha. Sounds delicious though!

    Sent from my iPad

    • December 6, 2012 at 6:43 AM #

      Haha! They are extra thick Aunt Peggy, see?!! One is about the equivalent of 2 cookies, so it’s really like 2 dozen cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made them twice as thick than all my other cookie recipes. Regardless, I can assure you they’d still be worth it and uncle Tommy would enjoy them! I’ll make them for you next time I see y’all! Love you!

  11. December 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM #

    They look insanely delicious!!!! tasty!! Fabulous even!!! I will use vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips here!

    • December 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM #

      Aww thanks Sophie…they WERE insanely delicious!! Yes, I used vegan dark chocolate chips…I love dark chocolate but semi-sweet is perfect too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • December 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM #


  12. December 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

    Love, love, love! =)

  13. petit4chocolatier
    December 7, 2012 at 1:18 AM #

    These are spectacular! I feel as though I can reach in and take one ๐Ÿ™‚
    So delicious!

    • December 7, 2012 at 5:10 AM #

      Thank you so much Judy! Oh good, I enjoyed taking these photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. December 7, 2012 at 3:43 AM #

    Ooh I think I learned a few new tricks here, thanks! They look scrumptious!

    • December 7, 2012 at 5:11 AM #

      Oh wonderful!! Thank you so much for that, I appreciate it! They sure were ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. December 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM #

    yummy! do you mind Fedex it over? ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. December 8, 2012 at 2:32 AM #

    The look fantastic…. great photos ๐Ÿ™‚ I have book marked it because I want to make these ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks enjoy your weekend

    • December 8, 2012 at 7:44 AM #

      Thank You so much Thom!! I really enjoyed taking these photos, so thank you. I sure hope you do make them and enjoy them! They really are quite delicious….the pecan butter is a MUST here..,no substitutions! I am so pleased with this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Tiffany
    December 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM #

    Omg!! Delicious!! Had six!

    • December 10, 2012 at 7:26 AM #

      Ha! Awesome Tiffany! I saw your post about it on Facebook and eating 6! They are so buttery and rich and yummy, it’s hard to stop at one. Thanks for sharing my website..I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. December 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM #

    I LOVE pecans (but had never thought of pecan butter). I will have to give bakign with nut butters a go asap! (I am actually baking traditional amaretti as I type- essentially almond flour)

    • December 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM #

      Oh yes Paola!!! You’re missing out, you’d swear there was real butter in these. Using nut butters is not only healthy but the flavor is remarkable and rich and moist! The pecan butter is by far my favorite because of the smoothness. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I love almond flour…I bake with it all the time!!

  19. December 16, 2012 at 1:48 AM #

    beautiful photos! I like your recipes!

  20. Jenna77
    December 28, 2012 at 6:52 PM #

    I made these cookies for the holidays, and they were a huge hit. Everyone LOVED them (even though there were no Vegans). The flavors and textures have more depth than your typical chocolate chip cookie – definitely a good thing. These are our new go-to chocolate chip cookies, and I am happy to have found them because chocolate chip cookies are a commonly-requested treat in my house. They taste amazing alone or with homemade almond milk.

    • December 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM #

      Thank you so much!!! Those are such beautiful compliments. Yes, I find the roasted pecan butter does give it so much more depth of flavor than just using plain old butter and sugar like most recipes. I’m so happy to hear your family loves them so much and I truly appreciate you taking the time and providing feedback!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. January 8, 2013 at 3:17 AM #

    These look terrific! I love chocolate and pecans. These look like a must try!

    • January 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      Thank you so much Victoria! They are really one of the most delicious desserts on my blog. I sure hope you try them!

  22. January 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM #

    These cookies look absolutely delicious. I’m glad it’s Thursday night…only a day until I’ll have time try these out!

    • January 11, 2013 at 5:02 AM #

      Thank you so much Erin! They are definitely ranked the best cookie out of my family and friends! The pecan butter gives them so much more depth in flavor than plain old butter. Please let me know if you try them! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. January 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM #

    yum, this vegan recipe for chocolate chip cookies definitely looks and sounds very promising!!

    • January 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

      Thank you so much! They have won over every person who has made them…best part? None were vegan! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you try them

  24. January 17, 2013 at 2:32 AM #

    Didn’t these turn out just fantastic?? I have to see your pecan butter, what a scrumptious idea! My daughter will love these! xx

    • January 17, 2013 at 7:20 AM #

      Thank you so much Barbara! That means so much to me! They definitely will not disappoint and your daughter or anybody for that matter will not believe they are Vegan! Try the pecan is 10 million times better and creamier than almond butter ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. January 20, 2013 at 5:30 AM #

    I will have to try this, these look absolutely delicious. Thank you for posting!

    • January 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM #

      Oh, thank you! Please let me know if you do try them, you won’t be sorry I promise!

  26. January 21, 2013 at 4:14 AM #

    Thanks so much to Suzanne for featuring this recipe over on her incredible blog!! Check it out!

  27. January 23, 2013 at 5:20 AM #

    I just saw this recipe on other site and confessed to the writer that while I never am tempted by vegan baked goods, these had succeeded. And now here they are again. Cravings overload!

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM #

      Haha! Yes, I just saw your comment! I PROMISE you wouldn’t know these were missing butter or eggs or traditional sugar. I’ve got a HUGE sweet tooth and been vegan less than a year, so I wouldn’t have believed its possible to bake like this, if I wasn’t testing them myself day in and day out in the kitchen. Roasting pecans makes them so oily, slightly sweet and very buttery tasting, so I decided to purรฉe them and use in my cookie batter instead of oil, literally winging the recipe, and I was blown away how delicious they were. I even had my friends try them who are NOT vegan just so I wasn’t biased. They agreed. They ask for all my desserts and none of them are vegan, none. It’s possible girl!! Try them ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. January 24, 2013 at 7:26 PM #

    Hi! I discovered your lovely blog thru Suzanne when she featured these divine cookies. I baked a batch for my sons yesterday (using homemade maple roasted almond butter) and they devoured the whole plate immediately. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • January 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM #

      Oh, wonderful Hannah!! Thank you so much for coming by and letting me know. I truly appreciate that and I’m so happy you all enjoyed them so much! If your boys like peanut butter, I just posted a VERY easy 4 ingredient cookie recipe. You could try sunbutter, if they don’t like peanut butter, because they are both smooth and creamy with no bits in them. That maple almond butter sounds delicious! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. January 28, 2013 at 1:53 AM #

    These look incredible!

    • January 29, 2013 at 1:36 AM #

      Thank you Natalie! They taste incredible too :). Thanks for stopping by!

  30. January 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

    Amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing these, they look delicious!

    • January 29, 2013 at 1:37 AM #

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you visiting my site! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. February 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM #

    Those look super yummy!

  32. nburgart
    February 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM #

    I made these today. Seriously one of the best cookies I’ve ever had/made. My wife said that they were the best that she’s ever had. This has me super intrigued to try more recipes. The pecan butter, was amazing. Great job.

    • February 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM #

      Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment! You made my day! It means so much that you tried and loved the cookies so much! I agree, the pecan butter is magical in these cookies and a MUST!! Thank you so much for your feedback. I have lots of other cookie recipes double chocolate espresso cookies and 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies you might enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

      • nburgart
        February 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM #

        We definitely will. Our next one is going to be those chocolate cherry muffins. Just wanted to let you know that today we had some friends visiting that had a wheat allergy, so we replaced the flour with Better Batter, and there was really no difference in the cookie. Was a great way to make it Gluten Free as well.

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:03 AM #

      Oh, that’s wonderful news! I make a lot of gluten-free recipes and have been wanting to try to make these as a gluten-free option as well. Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy the muffins too…they are a big hit over here with family and friends…being healthy makes them that much better. Enjoy! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. February 10, 2013 at 3:03 AM #

    Oh. My. Word. These are THE BEST cookies EVER! Seriously amazing. Totally life changing!

    • February 10, 2013 at 5:51 AM #

      Thank you so much! That was the BEST feedback ever too! I believe your husband just left his feedback above and I appreciate you both making my recipe so much. It’s hard to believe they’re vegan huh?! Most people are shocked! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. February 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM #

    Best cookies I ever ate, and I cannot believe I made them. I am not a cook by any means, but I followed the recipe and they were amazing. I have been telling everyone about these cookies.

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:06 AM #

      Thank you so much Dixie for the wonderful feedback! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed them. I truly appreciate the support ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. February 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    These look very delicious esp because of the roasted pecan butter, yum!

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM #

      Thank you Natalie! The pecan butter definitely is the magic and makes them like no other chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had! I hope you try them ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. March 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM #

    These look amazing – really delicious! I wonder if they’d work with spelt flour?

    • March 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM #

      Thank you! Yes, I’m sure spelt flour would work…since it has less gluten than whole wheat pastry flour though, you might not have as much structure or fluff and may need to add a tiny bit more of spelt flour. Try it out and let me know! One other reader had success using a commercial gluten free blend but I haven’t tried it yet.

  37. March 6, 2013 at 4:40 AM #

    Oh, my gosh these look fantastic!! As soon as I’m off this cleanse I’m making these! Pecan Butter.. I need that!! xx

  38. June 20, 2013 at 5:56 AM #

    I see that you’ve been putting your awesome new appliances to use! These look amazing my dear!


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