This blog is mostly about computer programming, but I’m a fairly serious foodie, so I occasionally post a favorite recipe. I see that it’s been almost a year and a half since my last recipe, so I guess it’s about time!
I make these chocolate-chip cookies more often than I probably should, but everyone always raves about them :-) The recipe is basically the one from the back of the Nestle semi-sweet morsels package, but with a few tweaks and techniques.
I think that the major difference is the addition of finely-chopped walnuts, instead of “chopped” nuts - it gives the whole cookie a wonderful walnut flavor.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (1 12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli, but Nestle is fine too).
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven. The Nestle recipe says 375° F, but this depends on your oven. I have a convection oven, so I wind up using 325° F
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Put the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat until creamy
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture until well mixed.
Put mixer on lowest setting, and gradually add the nuts and chocolate chips, mix through.
Using a cookie scoop (or a heaping teaspoon), drop 12 cookies onto each cookie sheet, and bake: This is where your mileage will vary somewhat - you’ll probably have to experiment a bit to get the timing and rack position right. In my convection oven, it takes about 12-14 minutes. If baking 2 sheets at a time, switch their positions halfway through.
Remove cookie sheets, and let cookies cool for 10 minutes or so, and then remove them from the cookie sheets, and put on a wire rack to cool.