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Pecan, Oat, and Dark-Chocolate-Chunk Cookies


These hearty treats are like a granola bar and a cookie rolled in one. Homemade pecan flour is simple to make. Grind nuts 1 cup at a time to avoid overprocessing (which will result in pecan butter). This dough is sticky and a bit crumbly (but hey, it's gluten-free and vegan!) -- use damp hands to flatten. Cookies will crisp as they cool.

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  • Yield: Makes 10

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2015


  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Working in batches, pulse pecans in a food processor just until finely ground. (Do not overprocess.) Transfer to a bowl and stir in oats, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch. Make a well in the center and add oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chunks.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Scoop and firmly pack dough a using 1/4-cup measuring cup and arrange on sheet. Flatten each slightly with palm of hand until 1/2 inch thick.

  3. Bake, rotating sheet once, until cookies are light golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool completely before removing cookies with a spatula.

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  • bushramail
    10 AUG, 2017
    After reading other reviewers comments about the recipe being too crumbly, I added a flax egg to the mix: 1tbsb ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water, rested for a few minutes to become gel-like, then mixed in to the cookie dough. Also, I tried both 1/4 cup & tablespoon-sized cookies & both came out great.
  • tesiahhotmail
    10 MAR, 2016
    These taste fantastic. They are also expensive to make and extremely crumbly. Be sure to use parchment paper when baking & handle with care. If they fall apart, don't throw them out!!! Use as a topping for vanilla ice cream - delicious!
  • jmkemjk
    6 DEC, 2015
    I thought these were excellent! The nuts must be finely ground and I also ground the oats a bit. (If they are still not sticking together to form "patties" before baking, put the mixture into the food processor again.) I love the flavor and the nutritional value of the nuts and oats and dark chocolate instead of milk. I've made them twice already and will probably make them for Christmas.
  • Darlene11
    24 AUG, 2015
    I rarely have a failure in my kitchen; however, this cookie recipe totally failed...when I took them out of the oven, they crumbled like granola. After letting them cool thoroughly, I attempted to put them on a plate and wound up with breakfast cereal! I ended up throwing the whole mess out and I was not happy, given that I paid $15 for the pecans!!! Is there something missing from this recipe?
  • kayk411
    27 JUN, 2015
    This cookie does NOT hold together. They completely fall apart. Perhaps there is something missing from the recipe. And the taste is only average...not worth all the pecans you have to buy to make them.
  • smoothness
    3 JUN, 2015
    very meh (flavorwise). cookies were crumbly and falling apart. not worth the expensive maple...
  • Dragonfly2012
    24 APR, 2015
    I made this cookie recipe tonight and for whatever reason it didn't turn out. It comes out more like granola then a cookie. Threw it out! It's like there is an ingredient or two missing!