1/2cup (64g)whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
1/4cupplus 2 tablespoons (120g) pure maple syrup
1/4teaspoonfine sea salt
3/4cupvegan chocolate chips plus extra to stick on the top if desired
NOTE: Click on the pecan butter link in the post to see how to make this. Pecan butter is creamier and oilier than other nut butters, so it makes a BIG difference in these. Do not use store-bought, unless you find one without added oils
Tip: The key to getting these as chunky and thick is to follow the exact steps. You must chill the dough first and also only divide the dough into no more than 14 cookies. If you make more than that they won't be as fluffy.
First you will need to make the pecan butter. Do it the day before to save time and so it has completely cooled. You don't want hot pecan butter when making the cookies.
After making the roasted pecan butter, make sure to measure 1 cup in case you made more than that in the food processor. Add it to a bowl with the syrup and vanilla. Stir until well combined. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk very well. Make sure there are no lumps.
Stir the chocolate chips into the flour mixture. Now add the flour into the wet ingredients a small amount at a time, stirring until just combined. Put the bowl into the fridge for 20 minutes to chill only.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Depending on how creamy you pulsed your pecan butter, your batter may be a bit crumbly. If so, just press the dough together roughly with your hands by large spoonfuls. Divide the dough into 12-14 cookies only, if you want them thick and fluffy. I added a few extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies too. Do NOT flatten or spread out the dough, leave it piled high. They should bake high and fluffy as in the pictures. I made 3 batches and they all turned out fabulously fluffy. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Mine were perfect just at 11 minutes. Do not over bake!
Cool 10 minutes and transfer to cool completely on a cooling rack before handling...if you can contain yourself! After they have cooled, place them on a paper towel to drain any extra pecan butter. The pecan butter makes these VERY buttery, so it's best to keep them on a papertowel while storing them.