Very good cookies (except the nuts).
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Have baking sheets ready. Combine 3/4 cup chopped pecans and sugar. To make cookies, place cake mix in a large bowl. Use mixer to beat in oil and eggs. Add chocolate chips and remaining 1 cup pecan pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2” apart onto baking sheets. Flatten each cookie lightly with the bottom of a juice glass dipped in the sugar and nut mixture. Add hot water to the remaining sugar-nut mixture. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the sugar-nut topping over each cookie. Firmly press a pecan half in the center of each. Bake 8-10 minutes until top is set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 70 cookies.