Nothing says it’s the holiday season like tasty cookies. On behalf of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning 1,300 acre resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, here is the Brown Butter Chocolate Pecan Cookies recipe from their pastry team.


Yields 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ea egg
  • 1 ea egg yolk
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Plus, sea salt to sprinkle on top


  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Place half of the butter in a skillet and heat on medium until the butter begins to foam and froth. The butter will begin to separate and the milk solids will brown and give off a rich nutty aroma. Remove from heat and reserve in a bowl.
  3. Beat the remaining ½ cup of butter and brown sugar until smooth and airy.
  4. Add in the vanilla and molasses. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour in cooled brown butter and granulated sugar. Beat until smooth and mixture has lightened in color.
  6. Add in egg and egg yolk. Mix until combined.
  7. Add in dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.
  8. Mix chocolate chips and pecans on low until just combined.
  9. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  10. Scoop dough into 2 tablespoon portions and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  11. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes at 350*F until golden brown.
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