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. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. this recipe creates a much ‘blonder’ cookie than im used to….
    but absolutely delicious!!!
    i have replace my old favorite recipe with this one.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Sounds yummy to me….and the walnuts will be great change to a same-0 cookie here. Thanks!! 🙂

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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