Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Orange Pecan Cookies

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Oatmeal raisin cookies with dark chocolate chips, orange zest, pecans, and browned butter.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My friend Audrey is quite the baker, and one of the things she made for me recently was a batch of her oatmeal raisin chocolate-chip orange pecan cookies. It would be “everything but the kitchen sink cookies” but for the fact we didn’t have any shredded coconut in the pantry.

We did make a couple variations because the first batch we made came out rather dry. Turned out that the cookie just needed to be cooked a little less. They should be just lightly browning around the edges when you take them out of the oven, and still quite soft in the middle.

As they cool, they’ll be a little crispy around the edges and moist in the middle. Browning the butter first adds wonderful flavor to the cookies. We tried both browned melted butter and the more typical softened, creamed butter and the cookies made with brown melted butter were just better.

This cookie has a lot of character. If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, and orange with dark chocolate, and pecans, you’ll like this cookie. Feel free to leave out any of it (well except for the oatmeal). You’ll still have a great cookie.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Orange Pecan Cookies Recipe

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  • Yield: Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 16 Tbsp butter (2 sticks)
  • Grated zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal rolled oats (Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned, do not use instant)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (can sub walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Method

1 Center rack in oven and preheat to 375°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking pads. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.

2 Combine granulated sugar with grated orange zest, set aside.

3 Heat ten tablespoons butter in small saucepan, place remaining 6 tablespoons butter in large mixing bowl. When butter is nicely browned (see: how to brown butter) and has a nutty aroma, pour over the remaining butter and mix until all butter is completely melted.

4 Add the granulated sugar and orange, brown sugar, vanilla and salt to the butter and whisk until combined. Add the egg and egg yolk. Whisk for thirty seconds and let stand for three minutes, repeat this process twice more until mixture is thick and shiny, this will enhance the flavor and texture of the cookies.

5 Working with the stand mixer, combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated. Add in the oatmeal, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts and mix well.

6 Form dough into balls onto baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

7 Bake for 10-11 minutes, until the edges just turn brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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  • Fran

    Hello from the UK, what is the weight of a butter stick?
    Thank you for your help.

  • Joy

    Alterations: butterscotch chips instead of chocolate as I am oot z fan of dark or even semisweet chocolate. Dry cranberries I instead of raisens. Added 1/2 tsp ginger. 1. Did not flatten at all. 2. Despite trials wat nbi g edges, shortening time, etc they are consistently dry as crumbly dust, never soft or chewy even underdone! 3. Blah. No zest (pun intended) and a kind of “floury” taste. The extra trouble of butter browning & mixing 30 seconds then standing 3 minutes 3xs til shiny seems to have NOT increased the “depth” of flavor at all. All my ingredients were fresh.—btw, I did it but wonder why 1 egg & 1 yolk rather than 2 eggs?

  • Susan

    Audrey, the cookies look perfect, and what a great idea to include the orange zest! Oatmeal cookies are THE favorite in our house. I’ve made CI’s chocolate chip cookies and I love their technique with the browned butter. The whisking of the butter mixture at several intervals brings it back to the softened butter stage so it works as it should in the cookie, and yet you get all the browned butter flavor. I have adapted other cookie recipes so I could enrich them with it too. Can’t wait to try these!

  • Michelle Levesque

    If you guys finish up that batch and are looking for another cookie recipe, I was just given this recipe for chocolate chip cookies by one of the Google chefs.

    Though the ingredients look pretty much similar to every chocolate chip cookie recipe out there, there’s something about this one that tasted above and beyond all of the others I’ve ever tried. It’s famous on the Google campus for being out of this world. Highly recommended.

    My copy of his recipe here:
    http://dynamicbalancing.blogspot.com/2010/08/freburg-cookies.html

  • Lorri

    Read the recipe and made the cookies 2 hours later and was glad I did! Fortunately, I keep orange peels in my freezer for just such an occasion and really think that they were an essential element. I left out the nuts because my husband won’t touch them but otherwise stuck to the recipe exactly.

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