Monday, November 21, 2016

Joanne Fluke's Pecan Divines

I have a love/hate relationship with the Hannah Swenson culinary mystery series by Joanne Fluke. Early on I read the books because I enjoyed them. These days I think I read them just to torture myself. I do enjoy the Hallmark movies based upon the series, and I do enjoy the recipes that are incorporated throughout the books. This recipe is one of them. These cookies are called Pecan Divines, and are from the book, Fudge Cupcake Murder. I'm not quite sure why they're called that because, essentially, they're nothing more than a chocolate chip cookie. The difference is they're very crisp, and I like a crisp cookie. These are made with melted rather than softened butter, and it yields a very nice texture. I will be making these again, but I think I'll probably use mini chocolate chips and twice as many pecans. Try them for yourself and see what you think. The cookie baking season will soon be upon us, and this is going to be a crowd pleaser on your tray.
Joanne Fluke's Pecan Divines

2 cups melted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cups white sugar
4 tsps. vanilla
4 tsps. baking soda
2 tsps. salt
4 beaten eggs
5 cups flour (not sifted)
3 cups chocolate chips
4 cups chopped pecans

Melt the butter. Mix in the brown sugar and the white sugar. Add the vanilla and the baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Add the eggs and stir it all up. Then add half the flour, the chocolate chips, and the chopped pecans. Stir well to incorporate. Add the rest of the flour and mix thoroughly.

Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets, 12 cookies to a standard sheet. If the dough is too sticky to handle, chill it slightly and try again. Bake at 350
° F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until nicely browned.

Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

Yield: Approximately 10 dozen.


Linda said...

I haven't read the series. Is it the writing or the scenarios that drive you crazy? A couple years ago I tried to read a series of quilt-inspired mysteries, and the grammar and repeated words made me want to scream. I'll never understand how some people get their books published!

GranthamLynn said...

They look yummy. I've read a couple. I read another series about a chef in Colorado. Can't remember it though.
Thanks for sharing another yummy recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving.