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.
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.