The recipe below, created by food stylist Mary Carter, is worthy of any “best cookie” mention … ever!┬áMary took a basic recipe and masterfully created a delicious cookie using high quality chocolates, pecans and sea salt. The end result is a cookie that is not only beautiful on the plate, but distinctive with its salty and sweet combination.

If you are looking for the sweetest way to welcome the kids home from the new school days, or you want to surprise someone special, or you simply are craving the best chocolate chip cookie out there, try this recipe. It’s divine.

The Ultimate Southern Cookie

The Ultimate Southern Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Ultimate Southern Chocolate Chip Cookie


The Ultimate Southern Cookie

Mary Carter
This recipe is so good that it won its author, Mary Carter, a brand spankin' new 7 quart mixer from Kitchen Aid. Southern Living and Castle Homes awarded the prize, and you'll see why she won after you sample these cookies.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Holiday Dessert
Cuisine Southern, American/Southern
Servings 24
Calories 398 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon best quality vanilla
  • 21/2 -3 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup best quality milk chocolate chunks plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup best quality semi-sweet chocolate chunks plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, margarine and sugars. Stir in eggs, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Fold in flour 1/2 cup at a time. When batter is no longer sticky to the touch, stop adding flour. (The amount of flour is variable in this recipe. Depending on how your dough comes together, you may use vary flour amounts.
  • Stir in 1 cup each chocolate chunks. Scoop with a number ten scoop (3 ounce) onto an insulated baking sheet. Scoop 12 cookies per baking sheet. Gently flatten the top of each cookie with the palm of your hand.
  • Place a few chocolate chunks and pecans on top of each cookie. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt over the surface. Bake until JUST tan, about 10 minutes. This will toast the pecans, and leave the cookie center dense and not cake-like.


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 137mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 318IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg
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