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Ne Plus Ultra Cookies

Nothing better, indeed: Oversize and dense with chocolate chips, raisins, pecans, and more, these chunky cookies might just be the ultimate.

  • Yield: Make about 1 dozen
Ne Plus Ultra Cookies

Source: Holiday Cookies 2005, December 2005


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, (1 stick), softened
  • 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs; mix until well combined.

  2. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda into a medium bowl; add to butter mixture on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans.

  3. Roll dough into 2 1/2-inch balls, then flatten to 1-inch thick. Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.


Reviews (25)

  • Ms MeltingPot 31 May, 2013

    Hello, just a little thing, the correct expression in French is "nec plus ultra", but the recipe looks great!

  • joanre101 3 Feb, 2013

    I always add extra flour, a little bit at a time, when I make this recipe. When I follow the recipe exactly, the dough is way too runny. The extra flour makes it turn out exactly as it does in the picture.

  • L0u1seM 10 Mar, 2012

    I tried this recipe today; chilled the dough for 45 minutes and used a 2 oz scoop. I substituted 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup craisins (toasted the pecans too), The bake time is too long-I would take them out at 15 minutes tops. I ended up with 20 cookies and they were large cookies.

  • cherubpp 9 Nov, 2011

    Perhaps chilling the dough would work out to be better. The batter was thin. 'Thought perhaps the amount of flour should be increased. Delicious flavor.

  • blumie 3 Feb, 2010

    These really are ne plus ultra. The best cookie I've ever baked, bar none.

  • ebaymom13 2 Feb, 2010

    This is a GREAT recipe! I get 18 cookies per batch ~ and only cook about 12 minutes.

  • katyeladye 1 Feb, 2010

    these are delicious! dough should be refrigerated before rolled into balls.

  • katyeladye 1 Feb, 2010

    this recipe needs to give a yield

  • bilboquet 1 Feb, 2010

    A cup is 250ml if that helps you!

  • donna_tako 1 Feb, 2010
    Angelabeautifulthings please go to this page for conversions.

  • krisssy 1 Feb, 2010

    A cup is 8 oz a mug would be too much. A china teacup that sits on a saucer usually is 6 oz if that helps you any.

  • Angelabeautifulthings 1 Feb, 2010

    could someone tell me what size cup i need? is it a mug size or a teacup, i'm from england and we dont usually measure in cup size.

  • trisherstewart 20 Apr, 2009


  • vdavisbinder 20 Apr, 2009

    Baked these yesterday ~ YUMMY!!! I was out of raisins, substituted with Craisins....YUM YUM!!!!

  • Sugarplum40 19 Apr, 2009

    ne plus uln n n n tra (n pls ltr, n pls ltrn n n n )
    1. The highest point, as of excellence or achievement; the ultimate.
    2. The most profound degree, as of a condition or quality.

  • wherearemyglasses 16 Apr, 2009

    what is "Ne Plus?"

  • Fannie_mtl 16 Apr, 2009

    There's a mistake, it's "Nec Plus Ultra" which means "the very best".

  • happygrandmaoffourgirls 16 Apr, 2009

    I thought ne was referring to Nebraska!!

  • celineb 16 Apr, 2009

    FYI "ne plus" in French means 'not any more" !!

  • Melodie1974 16 Apr, 2009

    In fact, it should be "nec plus ultra".

  • harmonymilligans 16 Apr, 2009

    How many does it make?

  • crabbersmom 16 Apr, 2009

    To wherearemyglasses-Ne plus means nothing better or beyond compare in french.

  • wherearemyglasses 16 Apr, 2009

    uhhh what does Ne Plus mean.....???

  • Diamondb66 1 Apr, 2008

    I have made these several times with great success. Last weekend I made them with chopped dates instead of raisins and they were WONDERFUL!!

  • far3v 19 Mar, 2008

    I recommend cutting the baking time down to around 15 minutes. My first batch was burned and hard, but after cutting down the baking time, they turned out chewy and tasty.

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