Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies & A Review!

From the start of my blogging days, I have been very vocal about my relationship with Jehanne. I don’t think I need to elaborate so much on it again now! It started off with some “hi-bye” chats which went on to become definitely the most cherished relationship that I have developed through blogging. Despite being a busy doctor and a mother of one, I really admire her humble nature and enthusiasm to try different aspects of cooking. I really loved the fact that she had done a guest post for me when I was hardly three months into blogging and I was literally a nothing! More than that, she suggested me to do a guest post for her blog as well, which literally left a lump in my throat for many many days to come… I really must say…

 

When her four mini-cookbooks were released, she promised me to post me a set of book for my keeping, even though I was ready to buy them from Amazon. She posted them in June and after almost five weeks of waiting, finally I received the books by end of July. You wouldn’t believe how relieved we both were! As per her, she had sent the books through fast post, but then it looked no closer to fast!!!! Hehe… We both had a good laugh regarding it.

 

 

You can see from the cover itself how colorful they look! I opened the envelope in the office itself and kept staring at her pictures, even though it was Ramadan!!!! I gleamed about it to my colleagues, who equally were awed by her food photography. When I took the books home, Rasha asked me, “Ummi, who gave you the books?” I sPinmiled and replied, “Ummi’s friend sent it to me for my birthday.” She was really cross with me for that, literally due to jealousy!!! Hehe… Jehanne knew exactly where she had to place her personal message for me – yes, in the sweet and dessert book!!! So much so for my basic character… hehe…

 

After flipping through the books atleast four times, I finally decided to try the Date Walnut Loaf Cake. One, because all the ingredients were readily available and two, it was an eggless bake! After Iftar time, I set out to pull in all the ingredients and make the cake. I followed everything exactly, but unfortunately, my batter was just unpliabale! I then added 1/4 cup of warm milk to loosen up the batter and then proceeded with baking. Instead of the normal 40 minutes it should have taken, it took my oven double the time to bake! Seriously, I really do not trust my oven. I have always had to bake some extra time, however I found this time taken a way bit too much. I immediately messaged Jehanne about my findings. I finally did have the baked cake, which tasted really good. I had guests the same night who got the cake served to them with their tea and they definitely enjoyed it. But I was still worried about the time taken. Jehanne, the perfectionist that she is, got so worried about my mishap that without even looking at the time difference, she went ahead to bake the cake again as per her book specifications and kept sending me step by step to show me how the whole thing would have looked like. She went on to post the recipe that she had made for me on her blog as well… This is how my cake looked like, which was perfectly normal…

 

 

I thought the reasons why my cake took longer to bake maybe because I used the dates I had instead of Medjool – the dates I used were not really high on moisture. So the water I added to the dates for soaking it did not really give the consistency. Instead of rolled oats, I used instant oats, but I guess that shouldn’t have been the problem. So more of any reason, I would put it on the dates that I used, for giving me a tough batter, that I had to add milk to loosen up. Whatever said and done, the cake was really good and we wiped it all out in the next couple of days for Suhoor!

 

When I explained all this to Jehanne, she told me to go ahead with the recipe and write down honestly what I felt about my experience. I have honestly said it, but I really did not want to stop with trying only this one. Moreover, if I am not 100% satisfied, I normally refrain from blogging about it. I guess all of you do. So I took my own time to again browse through and finally my eyes fell on the Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies, that I baked and loved it equally!!!! It isn’t that she has only sweet dishes in her books, she has quite good savory recipes as well. One that I am eyeing is the Healthy Chicken Korma, which I would really want to try, but somehow I guess the time has not come. The soups that she has featured are also lovely. The problem is with our tongues. If it was just us and the kids, I would have definitely tried a different recipe from her book, as my HD is very much open to all kinds of tastes. He is a person of experiment. However, I may not get the same response from the rest of the family.

 

So I decided to stick to this recipe. I went shopping for the pecans, I already had some cooking dark chocolate sitting in my pantry threatening me to expire in the next couple of months if not used soon. One thing that really attracted me is that it uses olive oil and I really wanted to know how it tastes like. Sometime back, I had baked a chocolate olive oil cake for my friend’s family and he told me that it tasted “different”. Jehanne also warned me regarding the taste the olive oil may leave. But still I just went ahead and baked it.

 

Believe me, nobody understood that it had olive oil in it till I told them it did! The day it was baked, my D, B and umma along with kids munched on some. I emailed a picture to Jehanne as to how my final cookies looked like and she was really excited. I brought a few for my colleagues who also enjoyed it. Overall, it was a really satisfactory bake! Go to see on the blog, it is only my second cookie recipe after the Custard Cookies I posted sometime back. I somehow don’t know why I have never been into making cookies, but now I feel since my kids love to eat biscuits, I should be actively baking at home, so that they munch on home made goodies rather than the store bought ones.

 

 

Let me thank Jehanne once again for the books received – I promise you dear, that I will relish them for my lifetime and continuously tell my kids very fondly about it… πŸ™‚

 

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies & A Review!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 180 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla flavor
  • 1 cup salted pecans chopped coarsely
  • 100 gm 56% dark chocolate chopped coarsely

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Spread parchment paper on a baking tray and set aside.
  • Mix the oil and brown sugar till well combined.
  • Add in the egg and mix again.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and vanilla flavor well.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine well.
  • Finally add in the pecans and chocolate and mix.
  • Shape into cookies and keep on the baking tray with small spaces in between.
  • Bake the cookies for around 15-18 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving.
  • Store in airtight container and use within one month.

Notes

1. I used light brown sugar, the original recipe had dark brown sugar - explains the color difference!
2. I didn't have vanilla essence, so I used vanilla flavor. If using vanilla essence, the quantity is 1 tsp.
3. Since I used salted pecans, I didn't add any salt to the cookie dough. If using fresh pecan, then roast them lightly before chopping them and add 1/2 tsp salt.
4. Jehanne suggests sprinkling sea salt on the top of the cookies before baking, which I didn't do. So if you do like to make it that way, then do try it.
5. The recipe states baking for 15 minutes, but I baked 18 minutes as I don't trust my oven!!! πŸ™‚
6. As per the book, the recipe makes 24 cookies, I got exactly 28.

Join the Conversation

  1. You blessed with wonderful friend…Your photos itself tells you have succeeded in that and you made exactly as in book…

    1. thank u so much resna…

  2. Awee that was so sweet.. :).she is a sweetheart. Cookies look awesome:)

    1. yes she is! thanks a lot rekha… πŸ™‚

  3. Loved ur frank opinion ,the cake and the cookies:) Amazon is little tricky I too found out how it gives round about excuses.
    Jehanne ,those books look really nice.

    1. thanks a lot meena πŸ™‚ … i didn't get the books through amazon, jehanne posted them to me. just like u said, my only experience of buying some books from amazon was not that great… the books reached me after two months and they had no clue where the books were!!!

  4. Great friend.Love both the dates loaf cake and cookies.Wonderful book collection

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  5. Thank u for your lovely words Rafee ! So glad to read through your raved reviews and I hope u will try out other recipes in future , these cookies look good ! ( if I can say so myself !)

    1. i'm so glad u loved the review dear… i was really in control whether u would like the review…

  6. Awww, that was so sweet of Jehanne. And loved reading your review Rafee πŸ™‚ I love pecans and those cookies look yum!

    1. thank u so much priya… πŸ™‚

  7. Wow..that was such a sweet tale of friendship. The cookies with olive oil is indeed an inviting one, not leaving behind the cake as well.

    1. thank u so much priya…

  8. Both dates cake and cookies are wonderful….Loved the books and review….Great friendship Jehanne and Rafi!!!!

    1. thank u so much pooja…

  9. Ohh wow ! Perks of having blogger friends ! πŸ™‚ So nice of her to send these books to you ..

    I like the recipe for cookies.. good work done ! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nupur… πŸ™‚

  10. Nice to ready about the friendship we develop via blogging and also to receive the books. You certainly pulled out a wonderful recipe because the cookies are simply divine.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  11. cookies looks super crisp and yummy.

    1. thank u so much savitha…

  12. I'm yet to try her recipes but I too loved her books and totally know the hard work she put in to making those recipes and books. Kudos to her and to u too for sharing such an honest and beautiful review. I admire you both!

    1. thank u so much manju… u must try something from those books, i bet u will love them! πŸ™‚

  13. Lovely cookies dear and awesome pics πŸ™‚ so sweet of Jehanne to send the cookbooks.. Even I had a similar mishap with an eggless dates cake. Cooked for so long that i thought icake is gonna be a disaster.. But hubby loved it.. It was way too sweet for me.. Good recipe for the cookies πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚ the sweetness of the date cake was just perfect, but i really don't know what went wrong, maybe the reasons i explained… do try the recipe from jehanne's blog, it is good…

    1. thank u so much jay…

  14. You have a lovely friend, and loved reading the review part…..you are so honest with your opinions, and truly adore Jehannas hard work.

    1. thank u so much pria…

  15. this is not fair…i want sum plz…:) very perfectly baked out..hope sweeties enjoyed those.

    1. go ahead and bake some usha… πŸ™‚ more than the sweeties, the elders enjoyed it!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. cookies looks so yummy .. you hv wonderful friend her books looks so interesting….

    1. thank u so much veena….

  17. Cookies looks fabulous….nice friend and her books…

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  18. Cookies looks so good and so nice of having such good friends:)

    1. thank u so much rumana… πŸ™‚

  19. cookies looks awesome…

    1. thank u so much hetal…

  20. You made a date cake too ! The cookies look great too.

    1. thank u so much radha…

  21. It was heart warming to read about your beautiful friendship with Jehanne.
    Kudos to Jehanne for all her efforts and passion that culminated in such beautiful mini cookbooks. Congrats!
    The cake and cookies sound wonderful and healthy.

    And thanks dear for dropping by my blog and leaving your encouraging and honest words…really appreciate it πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much for coming by and dropping in ur lovely comments as well… πŸ™‚

  22. And glad to follow you πŸ™‚

    1. a big thank u! πŸ™‚

  23. Cookies look delicious.

    1. thank u so much sona…

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