There’s nothing like a classic chocolate chip cookie but taking that simple recipe in another direction can transform the flavor to something more decadent and appealing for new taste buds. These Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are of course sweet from the chocolate but the addition of coarse salt & toasted walnuts give them a whole new flavor profile.
The basic recipe is one I’ve been making for years. They are my go to chocolate chip cookies and this particular one makes a batch big enough for gatherings or gift giving.
No special ingredients are needed so these can be made using your pantry staples.
1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp coarse salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped, toasted nuts of choice
Preheat your oven to 350°. Cream your butter and sugars till smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat till combined.
Dissolve baking soda in 2 tsp of hot water and mix into mixture.
Blend flour, salt, chocolate and nuts into butter/sugar/egg mixture till well incorporated.
Drop equal spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets 2″ apart.
Bake for 9-10 minutes till cookies have risen and edges are browned. Let them set on cookie sheets for 1 minute then move to a cooling rack for several minutes.
Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.
The last minute addition of the course salt gives it little opportunity to melt into dough. This salty bite is a delicious contrast to the expected sweet you get from cookies.
Store in a plastic container for up to a week or package along with recipe for a sweet gift.
Do you have a go-to cookie recipe?