Pecan, Dark Chocolate and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies

So you know how you love salted caramel? Well you’re going to love these even more. These cookies were a huge hit at my bake sale last week and the bags of 4 cookies ($3.00) were sold out within an hour. There was like 20 bags!Chocolate, Pecan and Smoked sea salt cookies2

I aquired the smoked sea salt from a stall at the Sydney Good Food Festival this year. It costed me $10 for a tiny 50g bag but is totally worth it. Especially when it is so well matched with the pecans and dark chocolate. They cookies stayed a little bit chewy which I think just added to the whole mourish effect they had on everyone.

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I think I’m going to have to make a recipe for smoked sea salt now. I have pin pointed the mix down to coriander seeds, roasted garlic, dried oregano and salt. I think the whole lot is then dry roasted together. It’s very smokey though so it must be smoked at some point. Maybe it has chipotle chillis in it. . . Not that it is any good explaining this to you guys when you can’t taste it over the internet. I think any smoked sea salt would be great on these cookies. It reminds me a lot of salted caramel. Sweet and salty but perfect!

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 My oven is pretty shitty if we are going to be honest about it so my timings are approximate for baking these puppies. At 160C on the dial, the oven is 220C. You tell me in what world that makes sense!


Change the nuts or chocolate to your liking. I feel like hazelnuts and milk choc would be a winner. Or white choc and goji berries! Use your imagination :) The mix make a whole bunch so maybe even divide it up and do 3 types of cookies. I love doing that when I have the time. Looks like I have done a lot more than I actually have. Time management at its finest. This cookie dough is great to have in the fridge for unexpected guests. I keep it in a big zip lock bag, laid flat so it’s easy to pull apart and bake. Keeps for about a month in the fridge.

Cookie Mix

If you can avoid using your mixer to combine the chocolate, nuts and flour. . . I would. It puts a lot of strain on your mixer and can easily be done by hand. Get in there and get dirty! Remember when that was part of the fun?

Follow my lead. . .


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 59g free range egg
  • 1 1/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 250g dark chocolate chips
  • 85g pecans, roughly chopped
  • smoked sea salt for topping
  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 160C and line a two baking trays with canola oil spray and baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugars and maple syrup until lightened in colour and thickened, approximately 3 minutes on a medium speeds.
  3. Add the egg and whisk well until heightened and completely combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, chocolate and pecans and stir until combined. Measure out 2 teaspoon sized balls and sprinkle with a small pinch of smoked sea salt. Place onto the baking tray, 6cm apart and then into the oven to bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Chew.
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28 Responses to Pecan, Dark Chocolate and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies

  1. Johanna GGG says:

    it is ages since I made choc chip cookies and now it is on my to do list just so I can try smoked salt in them – I confess to three types of smoked salt in my kitchen because I saw some on sale in the supermarket today and had to buy it even though I have two others – and my oven struggles to get to 140 C if the dial is 160 C (and the fan is on) – drives me crazy but nothing ever burns (I am lucky if it browns)

  2. vegeTARAian says:

    I’m such a sucker for a cookie, these sound so good!

  3. TBM says:

    I like extra chewing cookies so I would love these

  4. $10 for 50g? wow that’s quite pricey.
    Those cookies look fabulous!

  5. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    I love the sound of the smoked sea salt in these cookies! I feel the need to stop off and buy a box on my way home so I can try this recipe!

  6. Natalie says:

    I pinned these right away! They sound so darn delicious.

  7. Smoked sea salt in these cookies already reads DIVINE!!

  8. Talk about grown up cookies. It appeals to my orgasmic nature and to my inner kid. :)

  9. I love the idea of adding smoked sea salt to cookies! I bet they were really delicious!!

  10. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Cass you’ve done it again! It’s the start of the school holidays and you’ve posted the perfect recipe for my little fellas to make. They still talk about your caramel slice from a few months ago! I have all the ingredients except the smoked sea salt. I was gifted a bag of lovely pink Murray River salt flakes though, so I’m going to substitute those. I did see smoked sea salt at our local farmers market recently though, and you’ve officially piqued my interest.

  11. I love the Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bars by Lindt, if you haven’t tried them, you should. Cass you have taken my favorite cookies and made them even better, I’m so doing this!

  12. Monet says:

    I’m not surprised that these sold out! I would have bought at least one bag (probably more like five!) There is something about adding smoked sea salt to desserts…it does wonders for the flavor profile. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love sea salt on cookies, and I can imagine how awesome smoked sea salt would be! Great idea :)

  14. I can only imagine the incredible taste of these…I’m gonna have to hunt around online because at the local market here, it goes for twice as much :(

  15. Genie says:

    You should increase the price next time. These sound like a wonderfully sinful grown up cookie. Have you ever messed around with liquid smoke?

  16. No wonder these were a huge hit! They look amazing :)

  17. wow….no can just stop at one while eating these gorgeously golden brown cookies…love them :-)

  18. Looks awesome… not surprising that they sold out! I’d love to be the unexpected guest who gets to indulge in these cookies…

  19. CCU says:

    I would have devoured these cookies as soon as they came out of the cookies :D


  20. Beautiful cookies Cass! I love the sound of these -pecan-dark-chocolate and smoked-sea-salt- cookies – delicious! I never tried smoked sea salt – but I love anything smoked so hmm… wondering where I will get it …..

  21. These cookies are just full of delicious things!

  22. oh,these sound just wonderful! I wish a had a few right now.

  23. Nupur says:

    Thats one lovely recipe, worth bookmarking. A definite keeper !

    Well done and thanks for sharing :)

  24. Misti says:

    Sounds Delish!! One question how do I convert the ingredients into ounces and cups and so on?
    I so want to make these just not sure about quantity.
    Thank you

    • foodmyfriend says:

      Hi Misti, are you based in America? If so, the cups and tablespoon measures vary slightly. From memory your tablespoon is 3 teaspoons where as ours is 4 teaspoons. Our cup measure is 250ml where as yours will be 240 or 230ml. Hope this helps!

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