Brown Butter, White Chocolate and Pecan Cookies

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When we moved back to Colorado, almost 3 years ago now, it was a hurried, stressful move. My husband’s work wanted him to relocate to Denver but wouldn’t hurry up and give us any information whether the relocation was approved or not. So there I was frustrated and anxious about whether I was supposed to pack up a 5 bedroom house or not.

Finally the word trickled down from the upper management and everything was a go, but they wanted him there the following week! I was in meltdown mode at that point. We had a week to find a place in Denver, rush back to Houston and pack up the house, find time to shock the family with the move, drive two cars up to Denver plus the moving truck. Thinking back on it now, I just don’t know where I found the energy. I single handedly packed up my house because my husband was in Denver and only flew down for two days to load the truck and drive it up.

We sold our house in Houston, a house where I had picked out everything and had my granite kitchen island, my fancy back splash and pendant lights, where I had rooms for everyone and everything; I packed it up in 5 days and left.

We ended up stumbling across this home we’re in now, quite by accident. We had less than a week to find a place to live. My husband and I had driven up in my car to find a place to live and for him to start work. We had a hopeless time of it, no one called us back and the rental homes we did see were just awful. At this point, I was totally discouraged and was questioning and second guessing this move.

pecan brown butter cookies

We happened across this house and though it was in a state, it had the rooms we needed. The landlord informed us that the tenants had left in the middle of the night and broken the lease. Apparently, these ne’er do wells, were growing marijuana in the basement and a few days before, the police had raided the place. When we saw the house, the windows were broken, doors off the hinges and lots of happy leaves on the basement floor (plants however were all gone). Even though the house was in a terrible state, the landlord assured us that he could have it ready by the time we moved up, and after I saw the view of the mountains from the master bedroom balcony, I was sold.

We had promised ourselves that we wouldn’t move again until we were ready to buy again and we don’t want to buy quite yet. Of course, the landlords want to sell the house. So, guess what we are doing next week? I am not looking forward to it. I just hate packing and moving and unpacking and trying to settle in again, it’s all such a headache. To make matters worse, the house we are moving into has a very small kitchen :(. I had to sacrifice my kitchen to get more living areas.

I am quite sure I will be MIA for a few days until I get my internet going and such, but please think of me and send me some happy thoughts! I am so going to need them.

pecan brown butter cookies

What I will also need, are a lot of sweet things to get me through the stress. Things like these delicious, brown butter, white chocolate and pecan cookies, that I made a couple of weeks ago. I find that I don’t bake many cookies because I am always baking something else, but I do like cookies, especially with a cappuccino or latte. The children were asking for cookies so I made some time to bake some for them. Of course, I had to experiment a bit and this experiment turned out so well! The cookies had an amazing toffee, butterscotch-y taste and the white chocolate added just the right amount of sweetness. They were quite lovely and lasted a day at our house!

Pecan brown butter cookies

Brown Butter, White Chocolate and Pecan Cookies

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Serves: 30-36 cookies

  • 2¼ cups/350g plain/all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup/165g granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup/170g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups/340g white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup/100g chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks/227g butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉/190℃ (if baking right away)
  2. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or liners and set aside.
  3. To make the brown butter, place the butter in a small stainless steel saucepan and put on low heat.
  4. Slowly melt the butter and allow it to cook further until the butter solids are turning golden brown.
  5. Be careful because if you raise the heat too much, the butter can burn suddenly.
  6. Once the butter is nicely brown and fragrant, set aside to cool.
  7. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  8. In a mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs until pale and thick.
  9. Add the sugars and beat until combined, pale and thick.
  10. Add the vanilla extract.
  11. Add the flour mixture and mix gently.
  12. Add the browned butter (I didn't strain the milk solids, they add a nice toffee taste) and mix through.
  13. Add the pecan pieces and white chocolate chips and fold through until evenly distributed.
  14. Chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes, at least.
  15. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  16. Allow for room to spread, about 2"/5 cm apart.
  17. Bake in the centre of the oven for 11-13 minutes, until golden around the edges.
  18. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove from the baking sheet onto a rack to cool.

pecan brown butter cookies

As we are talking about cookies today, I want to take a moment and tell you about a wonderful coffee festival going on in the UK. Of course, this will be for my UK readers, but if any of you are visiting the UK this summer maybe you can swing by and check it out. The good folks organising the festival asked me include a link for their site and I said since it’s about coffee, and I LOVE coffee, that I would give them a shout out.

The Chorlton Coffee Festival is taking place in Chorlton (NW UK) June 28th-30th. Check out their website for more information.

Have a great week everyone. I hope to keep in touch in the coming weeks, just wish me luck.


Nazneen Written by:

Indian by ancestry, American by motherhood and British by choice, I live in beautiful Colorado with my husband and four kids and, I love coffee...all kinds of coffee.


  1. August 23, 2013

    Oh wow… I would be terrified to move in less then a week. How did you do that? It must have been so difficult and now you are moving again! I hope everything goes well and you ll get to love the new place. So sorry to hear that your kitchen will be smaller. Hey don’t worry as long as you have an oven and something to bake such as these brown butter choco pecan cookies you ll be fine. All the best!

    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      We moved a while ago, and have settled in now. Took some time and long, tiring days but its done. Thanks for the well wishes!

    • Nazneen
      August 19, 2013

      Thanks Paula. I’ve been settled for a while now but still finding things to do.

  2. July 20, 2013

    This looks so pretty and appetizing! Love the colors!! Great summer food right here

    • Nazneen
      July 21, 2013

      Thanks! They were delicious!

    • Nazneen
      July 15, 2013

      Thanks Suchi, I’ve moved now and settled in already!

  3. June 25, 2013

    I totally feel your pain! I hate moving. I used to move almost every year when I was in college and at the beginning of my career. Wish you a smooth packing and moving. I’m sure these tasty Brown Butter White chocolate and pecan cookies will keep you energized for a while. I can’t wait to try them. I know my kiddos will love them. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. I hope the moving goes okay for you dear – its always such a stressful situation. Sending you positive thoughts and hope the cookies are taking care of some of the stress
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  5. May 25, 2013

    Moving from one house to another is a hassle and you certainly need sweet things to get through. I wonder how you found time to post soba noodles. But anyway don’t worry take your time to unpack and I’ll be in touch.
    The cookies look super delicious. Did you say, brown butter? Never tried but I can almost taste the white chocolate chips and pecans after looking at the picture.
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    • Nazneen
      May 25, 2013

      I got tired of packing Bal!! I wanted a break so I wrote a few lines. The recipe is easy so it didn’t take long to type up. Brown butter is wonderful! Lovely toasty buttery flavour.

    • Nazneen
      May 25, 2013

      Thank you Miss Messy!

    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks milktea, hope you like them!

  6. May 22, 2013

    Nazeen, I feel for you and am sorry you have to move again. However you are a super women and did it in record time last time so you are a pro. I hope you made a double batch of these cookies as they are delightful and will be a great stress buster to help you through the packing process. Take Care of yourself and don’t let the small stuff get you stressed as it is all small stuff. Take care, BAM
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Bobbi, your encouragement means a lot! I am lucky to have such wonderful friends xx

  7. May 22, 2013

    Oh these are beautiful cookies Nazneen! And I hope they will bring you comfort during this stressful time. I think moving is one of the most stressful and emotional upheavals that can happen. But you will get through it. I will be thinking of you and wishing you the best of luck with it all! And can’t wait to see you back online! (Sending a big hug your way!)
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Anne. Keep sending happy thoughts and I can get through this!

  8. May 22, 2013

    I’ve had my share of moving so I can understand what you are going through. Good luck, hang in there and have these cookies for some consolation.

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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Kiran! Your support helps a lot!

  9. These cookies look irresistible, Nazneen! I love the flavor, and here in Texas, pecans are easy to come by and I love to bake with them often. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thank you Georgia! Yes, pecans are abundant in Texas. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Nusrat! I’ll keep that in mind!

  10. May 22, 2013

    Moving is such a pain! A few years ago we moved three times in a bit over 2 years, one of the moves long distance. It’s going to be awhile before we move again! It takes me almost an entire day to pack the kitchen stuff alone (we have a lot). Anyway, definitely stock up on great cookies like this – you’ll need the treats! Good luck with your move.
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thank you John. Everybody’s stories of moving are helping me a lot. It’s hard to pack up and move even just across the way.

    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Angela! I will need a lot of cookies!

  11. May 22, 2013

    I’m so sorry to hear of your moving dramas, Nazneen. We moved in March and I am still unpacking and trying to find a place for everything. It certainly is an exhausting and stressful time. I wish you well and hope the move goes as smoothly as possible xx
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks Charlie! Everyone’s wonderful words are helping me get through this xx

  12. Nazneen, these look lovely! I hear you on hating to move. I have had to move from apartment to apartment a lot, and it really is no fun! I hope that your move is not too stressful and you are able to settle into your new place quickly! :-)
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thank you Sarah! Your support means a lot!

  13. mariyam
    May 21, 2013

    Holy smokes! My hubby and his buddy can help. XXOO

    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      I’ll talk to you soon Mariyam. Thanks.

  14. May 21, 2013

    Good luck my friend, I cannot say I have much experience but it is naturally a huge job with many challenges!
    These cookies look perfect for giving you the strength you need! :)

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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thank you Uru. Your lovely words help a lot.

  15. May 21, 2013

    You have my sympathy, Nazneen. Moving, whether across the street or country, is never easy, especially when it’s not your decision. I hope you’ve made plenty of cookies to help you get through the next few weeks. I bet these tasty treats would do nicely. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way, hoping this move is as smooth as a move can be. Good luck!
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    • Nazneen
      May 23, 2013

      Thank you so much John. All these wonderful comments from my friends have really helped me feel more positive. I think I can do this.

    • Nazneen
      May 21, 2013

      Thank you Denise! Prayers would be very helpful indeed. I just want to get it done and get on with it. It’s so frustrating! Send me happy thoughts!

  16. May 21, 2013

    I moved 9 times in 6 years before moving into this house, so totally understand how hectic it can be. I hope it happens smoothly this time for you. I wish I could help you out packing or moving.

    These cookies sound incredible and hopefully get you through :) Sending happy thoughts.
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    • Nazneen
      May 21, 2013

      Ugh…that sounds like us! Thank you for your offer and I wish all my friends were around, not to help pack or unpack, but to cook me delicious foods that they all post! Thanks Lail!

  17. May 21, 2013

    Oh Nazneen!!! I totally empathize with your predicament. Moving the family, even locally, is never happy. We have moved more time than I have lines on my fingers, and every move has taken a toll in some way. Possibly the most on my eldest son. It’s always hard. I am sorry that you have to go through this rigmarole all over again, that too at the cost of something which is so important to you. Good luck with everything, and hopefully you find a dream house soon enough to call your own. The cookies look delicious. I’ll miss you, but will look forward to see you again.
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    • Nazneen
      May 21, 2013

      Thank you Minnie! I am so glad that I am not alone in this and that most of friends have experienced it too. It helps! I hope to be back soon!

  18. May 21, 2013

    I know the feeling, we’ve moved quite a lot too! Good luck with it, pack lots of cookies! The title of the post speaks for itself, I think, what a combination!
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    • Nazneen
      May 21, 2013

      Thanks Lin! I will need a lot of carbs to get me through!

  19. May 21, 2013

    Oh, no! So sorry to hear that you have to move again. One of the things I detest most in the world is moving. . . I’ve moved 5 times in 8 years … and have another move coming up in exactly a year… Wishing you lots of courage! Sweet, indulgent carbs are a must under these circumstances. Your cookies look great!
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    • Nazneen
      May 21, 2013

      I absolutely agree!! Just send me happy thoughts, I will survive!

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