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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


  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • MS10146388
    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.
  • pjpelto1769682
    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.