Spiced Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Margarine, Melted

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary (or 1 Teaspoon Dried), Finely Chopped or Ground

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Toasted and Chopped Pecans

1/2 Cup (3 Ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Chunks

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, blend together the melted margarine, both sugars, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth and fully combined.

Sift the flour into a separate bowl, and add in all of the spices, rosemary, baking soda, and salt. Lightly toss both the pecan pieces and chocolate chips in, to coat with the flour.

Add the dry goods into the stand mixer in two additions, being careful not to overwork the dough but mix it just enough to bring everything together, without any pockets of flour lurking at the bottom. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions so that everything gets incorporated.

Scoop out dough with a medium-sized cookie scoop, or two large spoons in about 3 - 4 tablespoon portions. Give the cookies plenty of space on your prepared baking sheets, leaving at least and inch between blobs. I usually bake only 9 per sheet, to ensure that none of them spread and collide. Flatten the raw cookie dough out lightly with the palm of your hand, so that they're nice and round, and about 1/2 inch in thickness.

Bake for 12 - 16 minutes, watching closely to make sure that they are just barely golden brown around the edges when you pull the from the oven. They should still look fairly under-baked in the center, to ensure a soft and chewy texture.

Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, and then move them off to a wire rack. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week, if they last that long.

Makes 12 - 18 Large Cookies

©Hannah Kaminsky http://www.bittersweetblog.com