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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies

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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.
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies #recipe

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 eggs
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

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies #recipe


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.

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies #recipe

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.

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies #recipe


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?

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  1. That does look good. My husband loves chocolate chip cookies.

  2. Love the sweet and salty combo for these cookies. I bet pecans would be delicious in this recipe too!

  3. Your cookies look amazing! I am not a big fan of salty stuff, but my daughter loves it. I bet she would love your cookie recipe!

  4. These look so good! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  5. Mmm my dad would LOVE these! He’s been doing chemo and radiation recently and he’s having a really hard time eating. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Pinning this!

  6. I love anything that mixes sweet & salty. I would think that you could substitute other nuts in there for walnuts…

  7. These look amazing. I love the hint of salty (and your scooper, too!).

    My go-to lately is snicker doodles. Anything I don’t have to roll and cut!

  8. Amy Desrosiers says

    These look so delicious! I have some coarse salt to review, and I was wondering how I could use it in a sweet/savory type recipe. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  9. Yum yum yum! I love sweet & salty together so these would probably be amazing. I must try!

  10. Sea Salt and such is ALL the rage for chocolates and fudges, but it’s not for me. Keep my salt in the popcorn 😉 But those cookies sure do LOOK good!

  11. My go-to is usually sugar so we can frost/decorate them. I do love some chocolate chips and walnuts too though!

  12. Nothing like a sweet and salty desert. The cookies look amazing!!

  13. Angela says

    Your cookies look yummy! I love that combo of chocolate and nuts.

  14. katherine says

    These look delicious! I want to try them now!

  15. Mmmmm, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts are my favorite cookies!!! People think I am weird when I say I am not a big fan without the nuts! LOL

  16. Yes please! These look absolutely delicious. I think Santa might get some this year.

  17. we also made some chocolate chip cookies 🙂 Love yours coz it has walnuts.

  18. I love anything sweet and salty.It is just such a great tasting combo.

  19. We just made chocolate chip cookies tonight (boxed) and I was a little disappointed in the slightly flour-y flavor. I’m going to give yours a try to see if we can spice them up! 🙂

  20. sweet and salty are the best combination EVER. i love it.

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