These Chocolate Chip Cookies With Walnuts are the perfect mix of crunchy and chewy with perfectly crisp edges, a soft chewy center and filled with rich, decadent, dark chocolate and buttery walnuts.
Friends, it’s 4:00 a.m. in the morning, and its been a long, restless night. I am so filled with anxiety and anticipation about my pending trip to Alaska.
Trust me when I say I am super excited about it and I know I’m going to have an incredibly amazing time. My issue is not with the trip at all (because I can hardly wait!), but it’s with the simple fact that my wardrobe is so ill-prepared.
Tell me…, how can a woman (me), live in a place like Seattle (where it rains all the time), not have a simple pair of rain boots? For pete’s sake…if you called DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), they’d tell you that I practically live there.
Or, what about owning even a simple cardigan for layering? Seattle’s weather changes by the minute. And, I don’t have this?
Or convertible pants… that can quickly be configured to be pants or shorts, so that they’re adaptable for any potential weather changes? Yet, all of these were on my packing list, so that I am prepared for anything.
Seriously. If one were to look at my wardrobe, they’d think two things: One, those clothes are so yesterday. And two, that girl is *boring* and lives some place really warm – because she doesn’t have a basic all-weather jacket.
The list of the things I don’t have, far exceed the list of things that I do. And I have ONE day to shop.
Think I procrastinate much? Have you ever been there…, or is this just a me problem?
But…for YOU, as you are reading this, I will likely already be in Alaska – giddy to start the tours of restaurants, breweries and distilleries – on a culinary journey that is such a dream trip for me. Who doesn’t want to tour several beautiful cities, with breath-taking scenery, while eating and taste-testing beers & spirits as they make their way through it?
The Husband, on the other hand, has been having quite the temper tantrum (or as he calls it a “mantrum”) about the fact that I will be touring the Alaska Brewing Company (who he says he keeps in business) AND attending a Beer Festival. I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from all his whining. 🙂
So…, as much as I’d love to tell you about these cookies, what can I possibly say about a Chocolate Chip Cookie that someone hasn’t already said?
I think I’ve read them all. Chocolately, crunchy, chewy, mouth-watering, world’s best. Yada, yada, yada. So, I’m going to keep it simple. These are good. Really good. Do you see the heart in the chocolate chip in the cookie below? Even IT knows it’s good. 🙂
For me, talking about Alaska, this trip and food is so much more exciting.
But, do you know what I *do* know for sure? I know that I’m sssooo ready to try Alaska’s amazing food and taste-test beers and spirits. I say, “Bring it on! With the right clothing, shoes or not, I am *so* there.
And, with my Alaska trip upon us (and all the whining reminding me), I knew I had to make The Husband’s favorite cookie ever so that he had something to do while I’m gone. 🙂
I hope that all of you plan to follow me on my travels while I write about the experience over at The Daily Meal. I’m super excited to share the things that I see, the food that I eat and the drinks that I sample.
Chocolate Chip Cookies With Walnuts
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 10-ounce bag 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate chips*
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly blended Then, stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add baking soda mixture and salt to the batter and mix well. Stir in flour one cup at a time, then gently fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Using a cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop by large spoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts
Recipe adapted from Best Chocolate Chip Cookies @ All Recipes.
Vera Ward says
OMG Kristi – you got me giggling with the “husband” whining – even I can hear it…lol. Love these cookies – I’ll need to make some while your on your fabulous trip or you’re gonna hear me whine cause I wanna go explore Alaska too…..lol.
Hahaha! You made me LOL Vera! Maybe you could share the cookies with him. 🙂
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
I love walnuts in chocolate chip cookies, my grandmother makes them like that <3
Have a wonderful trip!
Thanks Sharon! I love walnuts in my Chocolate Chip Cookies too, and I like the crunch they add!
Nora @ Savory Nothings says
First things first: These cookies look amazing!
Secondly: I always procrastinate. It’s basically my middle name. No, make that first name. I pack my suitcase two hours before we leave for a trip. And since I’m always pressed for time at that point I usually pack my entire wardrobe. Who has time to pick things out?!
And last but not least: I hope you have so, so much fun on your trip to Alaska, Kristi!
Thanks Nora! This comment made me smile – I was a wreck packing at the last minute. And like you, I packed my entire wardrobe. At least I’ll have plenty to wear! Hahaha!
I hope you have a wonderful trip, Kristi! Right clothing or not, you’re gonna love it. haha And that was so nice of you to make these cookies for your husband. Cookies for beer? I’d take it!
Haha! I never thought of that combo Marcie – but you’re right! That’s EXACTLY what he’s going to be eating and drinking! He’s a lucky guy. 🙂
Heather at Basilmomma says
Cookies make it all better!
Yes! Somehow they do. 🙂 Have a great day, Heather!
I really like walnuts in these cookies 🙂
Thanks Medeja! I do too. I think it makes cookies so much better.
Wow.. they turned perfect.. oh I I wish one. love chocolate and walnut combination.
Thanks Ella. Whenever I make them, I can’t resist adding walnuts. 🙂
Amy (Savory Moments) says
Mmmmm… these look like perfect chocolate chip cookies! Have a wonderful time in Alaska!! It’s a dream of mine to visit there.
Thanks Amy! I will try to take lots of pictures!
I envy you for going to Alaska! I hope you sorted out the clothes issue! Have fun 🙂
I did Johlene – thank you! I WAY over packed, but I’m here and have enough of the right clothes and I’m having a fantastic time!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I say just buy what you need when you get there! I’m sympathetic to your husband – I’d like to go to the beer festival and brewery tours too! Have a great time!
Thanks Rachelle! The brewfest was wild! So many great beers and perfect for people watching!
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
Hooray for walnuts in chocolate chip cookies! Funny how some people think they’re better without nuts. No way!
I hope that you’re far beyond your wardrobe anxiety and having a spectacular time in Alaska!
OMGosh Marissa, this trip has been the trip of a lifetime. I am so loving Alaska and we are having an absolutely incredible time.
Oh gosh, I HATE packing for any trip! I always get so stressed out! Have an amazing time on your trip! And these cookies … I’ll take a few for dessert please!
Thanks Ashley. You’d love it here. OMGosh – I wish you were with us, I know you’d have a blast. xoxo
Farha-Fa's Kitchen says
Can you pls pack some for and ship it.. I am feeling hungry and wanna grab a bite.. Looks delicious. I love the walnuts in the cookies.
Hahaha! Fa, I’d love to pack up and send some cookies! Much easier than packing for a trip! LOL
Dedy@Dentist Chef says
Simply damn delicious walnuts cookies!!!
Thanks Dedy! They were delicious!
These cookies look perfect, Kristi! Love the walnuts and dark chocolate chips! Yay, have lots of fun on your trip! 🙂
Thanks Kelly! I’m having a fabulous time. I will tell you all about it when I get back. xoxo
Cynthia/What A Girl Eats says
Walnuts are not optional in cookies if you ask me! Those look fantastic!
I’m with you Cynthia! I think all choc chip cookies need walnuts!
Kristi, I love me a good chocolate chip cookie, and these ones look fabulous! I’m sure you’re already in Alaska having a blast. I can’t wait to read about your culinary adventures when you get back 🙂
Thanks Aida! It was truly an incredible trip. Absolutely phenomenal. I’ll be writing about it over at The Daily Meal – so I’ll share stories soon!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
I’ve never been to Alaska but I hear it’s amazing! Have fun! These cookies look delicious. 🙂
Thanks Tina! I just got back, and it was the experience of a lifetime. It’s truly a magical place. You must go if you can.
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Oh man! I had to buy snowpants and boots when I went to Utah this winter. I’ve lived in warm places too long! You are going to have so, so much fun in Alaska it won’t even matter what you’re wearing! Take lots of these cookies with you– they look amazing! And have an awesome trip!!
Thank you Jess! Alaskas weather was beautiful! I am super excited to tell you all about it – we wore tank tops and flip flops. The weather was absolutely incredible!