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Posted:  |  Updated: 08/31/12 10:48 AM ET

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Showdown: Round Two

Voting has been closed for the chocolate chip recipe contest and we have found our three finalists: Jodi Sokup's Chocolate Noir Au Sel De Mer Et Beurre Noisette, Lori Gordon's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Sean Lackey's Whiskey Chocolate Chip Cookies. Congratulations! We will be baking off those recipes today and announcing the winner of the Kitchen Daily Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Showdown Friday morning, April 13th. We would like to thank everyone for participating -- we were inspired by all the recipes we read.

We've moved on to round two of the Kitchen Daily Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Showdown, which means we're one step closer to finding the best, the most ultimate chocolate chip cookie. But a winner still has to be named, and we need your help to do it -- your vote will make all the difference..

We've ended our search with 13 original and exciting recipes. We were surprised -- and very pleased -- to find that they each offered something truly unique. Some relied on the creaminess of instant vanilla pudding to set their cookies apart, others on flan. We got recipe submissions that added a ton of fruit -- bananas, apple sauce, pomegranate and cranberries. And some got boozy on us with a shot of whiskey in the batter.

We can't wait to see which you feel are the top three -- the next step is for you to vote. Click through the slideshow below and vote for each recipe using the star rating (five stars being the best). Once the top three have been determined, the editors of Kitchen Daily will personally make the recipes and conduct a taste test to arrive at the winner of the BEST chocolate chip cookie. The winner will be named and awarded with All-Clad Stainless Steel 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set. Voting will close at five o'clock on Wednesday, April 10th -- so don't delay, vote today!

Click through the slideshow and place your vote!

Chocolate Chip Cookie With Pecans -- Adriana Velez
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I dialed up the brown sugar and added ground pecans for a richer, earthier, more caramelized chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookie With Pecans
Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter (two sticks), room temperature
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup toasted and finely-crushed pecans
2 large eggs (not extra-large), room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, cream butter with two sugars. Toast pecans and then grind in food processor. Add to creamed butter and sugar, along with eggs and vanilla and mix by hand just until combined. Then add dry ingredients and stir together by hand until just combined (be careful not to over-mix). Fold in chocolate chips.

For a chewy cookie, bake for 10 minutes or until tops are crisp golden brown but cookies are not quite set. For a crisper cookie, bake for 12 minutes.

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