Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic. The combination of walnuts and chocolate chips makes for a timeless cookie flavor. The nutty crunch of the walnuts, the sweetness of the chocolate chips, and the chewy texture all mingle to make these cookies simply irresistible. Bake up a batch to enjoy at home as a special goody, or make them for a crowd-pleasing treat for holidays or parties. And if you love a good homemade cookie, also check out my recipe for White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries.
Truth be told, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, and I indulge it a little bit on most days. I’m not talking about anything extravagant, but a small morsel of a sweet treat is usually enough to satisfy my craving. A small slice of pie or one or two cookies is a perfect treat for a coffee break or dessert. And one of my favorite goodies to have on hand is a batch of these Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These delicious cookies are a little crispy on the outside and chewy in the center. And while I’ve never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t like, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts are something special. There is something about the added walnuts that makes these cookies just extra good.
And if you’re looking for a special treat for a party, potluck, or holiday gathering, these cookies are great for that. But be aware that some folks have tree nut allergies that can be severe. So if there are concerns with that, I suggest leaving out the walnuts or making another type of cookie like my Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps, or White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. And just to be safe, I like to put a label on my cookie serving platters, just so everyone knows what type of cookie I’m serving.
The ingredients for Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are simple:
Butter – I use salted butter. If you’re going to use unsalted butter, add a pinch more salt to the dough.
Sugar – I like to use raw or unrefined cane sugar because I enjoy the slight molasses flavor. But you can also use any type of granulated sugar in the recipe.
Brown Sugar – Use light or dark brown sugar. Brown sugar will have a more pronounced molasses flavor.
Egg – A good quality large egg is what you need here.
All-Purpose Flour – I like to use unbleached all-purpose flour, but use whatever kind you like and have on hand.
Baking Soda – Use baking soda, not baking powder. Baking soda will make your cookies nice and chewy.
Salt – A fine salt like table salt or fine sea salt is my preference. But if you want to use a flaky Kosher salt, you will need to double the amount of salt the recipe calls for.
Walnuts – Use English walnuts, not black walnuts. English walnuts are your common grocery store walnuts. You can use walnut pieces, or chop your own walnuts. I like to toast them in the oven for a few minutes before using them.
Chocolate Chips – I prefer to use semisweet chocolate chips. You can use milk chocolate, but you end up with a much sweeter cookie.
Tips for making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts:
- Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, then mix in the egg and vanilla.
- Don’t overmix the dough or you will end up with tough cookies. Mix until the ingredients are just combined.
- This is an optional step, but for a richer, nuttier flavor, lightly toast the walnuts. It takes only a few minutes but makes a difference in flavor. You can toast them in the oven (my preference), in a dry skillet, or in the microwave. This article on how to toast walnuts gives good instructions for the 3 different methods.
- Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough into equal-sized balls. This will help the cookies bake evenly.
- Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will prevent the cookies from spreading too much and will help them to bake evenly. If you are using an unlined cookie sheet, make sure it is ungreased.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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