Are you a chocolate chip cookie purist? We all know one or two of them. They are the people who look at a nutty chocolate chip cookie and flinch wondering why someone would ruin a perfectly good cookie. (Clearly they’ve never come across jumbo chocolate chip walnut cookies like these.)
Did you recognize yourself in this description? Truth be told, I grew up feeling this way. UNTIL …
I got into the kitchen and started playing around with my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. If there was something in my pantry that I could remotely justify throwing into the dough, I gave it a shot.
What I very quickly discovered was that I had a very difficult time coming up with a combination that did not work.
Raisins? Yup. Peanuts? Yup. Coconut? Yup. Candy pieces? Yup. My all-time favorite was the kitchen sink, which threw everything into the mix other than the kitchen sink.
Yet, there is still something to be said for eating a plain or nearly plain chocolate chip cookie. It reminds us of a simpler time when the basics were more than enough to make us happy. Jumbo Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are a perfect example of this kind of cookie.
One of my pet peeves is getting a cookie that is lacking in the key ingredients. Not a problem with these cookies because they are loaded with chips and walnuts in each and every bite.
I made them jumbo size but they can easily be scooped smaller and baked for 12-14 minutes instead of 18-20. The crunchy exterior will still be fabulous whether super-sized or not.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie? What’s the most unusual combination you have seen? Let us know in the comment section below.
- 2½ cups (12 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (.10 ounces) baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (.05 ounces) salt
- 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (7.50 ounces) sugar
- ½ cup (4.70 ounces) light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon (.10 ounces) vanilla extract
- 1½ cups (9.75 ounces) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1½ cups (5.50 ounces) walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 325°. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- Place the butter, sugar and light brown sugar into a mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture is light and creamy, scraping the bowl down as needed.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
- Blend in the dry ingredients.
- Remove from the mixer and fold in the chocolate chips and walnut pieces.
- Scoop the dough onto the prepared pans using a 3 tablespoon cookie dough scoop. Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes.
If you are looking for more special chocolate chip cookies recipes, you might enjoy these:
- Chocolate Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Cookies
- White Chocolate Orange Dream Cookies
- S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies