Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Cookies

I found this recipe for chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies on Pinterest and thought I would give it a shot. It was really easy to put together and it makes a TON, which makes it a great recipe in your arsenal because can bake a few at a time and still have plenty of dough for the freezer. I love baking, but I don’t always have the time thanks to my tiny tornado running around. This recipe is a perfect solution!

I can bake what I want, and then save the remaining dough to bake if I need a hostess gift or a dish for a party.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first batch of cookies that came out of the oven. I felt like the pecans were really overwhelming and I wasn’t crazy about the flavor (and I love pecans so trust me, it was a lot). When I made another batch of cookies the next day, however, they were delicious! I may not have mixed the pecans in very well the first time, so make sure your pecans are thoroughly mixed in.

plate of chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies

Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Cookies

Prep Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: baking, cookies, dessert, snack


  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 bag 11.5 oz chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but use your favorite!
  • 1 ¼ cups caramel bits
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy (1-2 minutes).
  • Add eggs, vanilla and milk and beat for an additional two minutes.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat another two minutes.
  • Drop cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Tip: I typically load all the dough balls on to a baking sheet and then pop in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. It seems to make the dough hold up better and not spread as much during baking. If you're in a rush, don't worry about freezing. They'll still be delish!
  • After the dough has firmed up in the freezer, pull out the amount that you want to bake and bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes (if using completely frozen dough, you may need to add a minute or two to your baking time).
  • Pop the leftover dough balls in a Ziplock bag and put back in the freezer. When baking frozen dough, you may need to add a couple more minutes to your baking time. I've made two batches from the frozen dough, and I have only had to add one minute so keep an eye on it!

baked chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies

Super easy, delicious and leaves you with leftovers? No brainer! I like the option of only baking one tray’s worth at a time and having cookie dough ready to go when my sweet tooth kicks in. If you need another recipe idea for a party dish, check out this Summer Berry Treasure Dessert.

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