The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Posted by  ·  October 13, 2010

    I love watching Top Chef.  This season it is all about desserts — my kind of show! Last week the amazing cake decorator, Sylvia Weinstock, was a guest judge. In the challenge to make desserts for a bake sale, contestant Erika Davis made chocolate chip cookies.  The judges commented that if you do something so simple it has to be done very well. They raved about these cookies. I can only assume that Sylvia is a fabulous baker so I was surprised when she asked more than once for the recipe. I think I make a mean chocolate chip cookie, but had to give these a try!

    Chunky Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

    • ¾ c sugar
    • ¾ c brown sugar
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ lb butter
    • 2 ½ c AP flour
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ tsp vanilla
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 ½ c chocolate chips
    • 1 c walnuts

    1. Cream the butter, sugars, eggs together then add the vanilla, salt and baking soda. Scrape the sides and add the baking powder and flour. Mix till incorporated and add the walnuts and chocolate chips just till mixed.

    2. Scoop and bake at 345 degrees. for 11-13 minutes. Baking times may vary dependent on your oven and altitude, check often on first batch.

    The verdict:

    They are delicious! I only added walnuts to half the batter since my family members are chocolate chip cookie purests and looked on in horror when I opened the bag of walnuts. With or without the nuts this is a really good chocolate chip cookie.

    Let me know if it beats your chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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    1. Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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    2. V. Simpson
      Saturday, June 21st, 2014
      How long do you bake the chunky choc chip cookies?
    3. Kristy
      Friday, June 20th, 2014
      This is the recipe I have always used and EVERYONE loves them :-)
      They do not last as many days as regular recipes...but not usually a problem because they go so fast!
    4. Darla Baerg
      Friday, June 20th, 2014
      You left out how long to cook them.
    5. Carlota
      Monday, March 11th, 2013
      Disculpen amigas he traducido la receta al español y me dice que necesito
      2 ½ c AP harina que significa c AP
      Gracias de antemano si alguien puede aclararme esto
    6. Saturday, July 9th, 2011
      I, like another commenter, also add a pkg of instant pudding (try any flavor, it puts some variety in it), 1/2 & 1/2 or whole milk and a tsp bourbon, to replace the vanilla. Try it with completely melted butter, OMG.
    7. stephanie
      Monday, December 6th, 2010
      this recipe creates a much 'blonder' cookie than im used to....
      but absolutely delicious!!!
      i have replace my old favorite recipe with this one.
    8. Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
      I add 2 tbsp 1/2 and 1/2 to my cookies along with a pkg of pudding (any flavor, gives the cookies an interesting twist). Play around and use all brown sugar, its divine.
    9. Friday, October 29th, 2010
      I made them and just posted on my blog. The flavor is good, love the caramel tones with the walnuts, which I toasted. They're not my fave ccc, but they're good. I like a crispy edge with chewy insides. My fave is a prize winner from Eureka Springs, Arkansas that was published in Southern Living magazine several years ago. Recipe is on my blog and I always go back to it for the crispy edge and soft, chewy insides.
    10. Monday, October 25th, 2010
      Can I add some cherries? We have many cherries and those will be our main ingredients for our baking recipe. Maybe it is also perfect with your recipe.
    11. Heather
      Sunday, October 17th, 2010
      You can finely chop the walnuts, small enough that no one will notice them. I put pecans in mine, and I always get rave reviews. The flavor is awesome, people just have something against nuts in things. SO, make them invisible and wallah!
      The recipe I use has some spices that are usually not in this type of cookie and they really make a huge difference!
    12. Lori Morton
      Saturday, October 16th, 2010
      Sounds yummy to me....and the walnuts will be great change to a same-0 cookie here. Thanks!! :)
    13. Tanya
      Friday, October 15th, 2010
      Can't wait to try this!
      Thanks for sharing
    14. Lucy
      Thursday, October 14th, 2010
      I've been making these for about 40 years now. They are Nestle's Toll House cookies.
    15. Thursday, October 14th, 2010
      I am always on the lookout for new chocolate chip cookie recipes. I think I'll try this out but I will use pecans instead of walnuts because I am a good Texas girl!

      Crafting by Candlelight
    16. Karin
      Thursday, October 14th, 2010
      This is really close to the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe thus a favorite of mine.
    17. Cathy
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      You have motivated me to bake some cookies for my dad - He will love them and needs the calories -He is going thru a very rough time right now and this will really brighten his day.

      Thanks to everyone and keep the recipes coming. I will try as many as possible.
    18. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

      I just made a batch of these over the weekend and they are the best I've had. The sea salt sprinkle on top sounded weird at first but was a nice added touch. The only change we made was using Ghirardelli milk chocolate chip instead of the suggested bittersweet disks.
    19. Shanae Butler
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      I tried these today and I am sticking with crisco recipe.
    20. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Have you ever tried the recipe that calls for vanilla pudding mix? They are mighty tasty and always look perfect. The Nieman Marcus choco chip cookies are also to die for!
    21. Sunnie
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      These werent the best for sure, I made them just earier. I like the Crisco recipe on the tub, made with butter flavor shortening. I also prefer using only brown sugar.
    22. Heather
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Just a quick question...did I miss the winner announcements? I couldn't find them and wondered if I missed them. Thanks.
    23. Brenda
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      pretty close to mine EXCEPT I always reduce white sugar to 1/4 c and add 1 sm pkg of instant pudding mix (usually vanilla) YUMMMM oh and don't over cook :)
    24. Michelle
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      I was just going to write this down when I realized, it is EXACTLY the same recipe I have been using since, well, forever. It really is the best.
    25. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      My son won't allow any nuts in baked goods, either! These look so good with or without. I'll be making them asap.
    26. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Mmmmm...these look sooo good!
    27. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Sounds like a great recipe. My current favorite is is Island Cookies ( they have coconut and walnuts. YUM! However, I am in search of a basic cookie. I will have to try these.
    28. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      I saw this episode of Top Chef and wondered what her recipe was. So glad you tested it out. But I have to agree w/Jennifer. The recipe is almost identical to the Nestle Tollhouse recipe. Which is the recipe I use. And everyone raves about the cookies. hehe...
    29. Patty
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      How long do you bake them ??
    30. Rita - Greer, SC
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Just curious what you scooped them onto the sheet with (Tbsp. or 1/4 cup measuring cup) and the time amount that you baked them.
    31. Jennifer
      Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      Hmmm. Other that adding baking powder and a touch more flour, this is identical to Nestle Tollhouse. I do find that using half butter and half crisco makes a better cookie, fyi.
    32. Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
      funny - I'm in the middle of a best-chocolate-chip-cookie-ever search! I'll be trying these!