Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These are very simple to make and very tasty, like a brownie in cookie form. This recipe is adapted from one I found in the holiday cookie addition of On Fine Cooking.

My sister always requests these cookies whenever she wins reward in the Survivor game I run. Yes, I am a fan of the reality TV show Survivor ;-) For the past few years I have run an email game, sending out questions each week, usually about a dozen friends and family play. And yes, they can win cookies!!

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment. 
Have I mentioned how much I love parchment ?? It's the best for baking just about anything. It also makes clean up so easy.


1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder ( NOT cocoa mix)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until creamy.
Not creamy yet...

Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

Add at low speed to the wet mixture until just incorporated.

Mix in the walnuts.

Using a teaspoon, drop large dollops onto the cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. After 5 minutes switch the pans top to bottom racks, and rotate back to front.

The cookies puff up while baking then settle down as they cool.
Still puffy right out of the oven.
Starting to settle into their crinkly goodness.

Let them rest 5 minutes before moving them to a rack to cool.

They also are great used in ice cream sandwiches, but that's another whole post ;-)

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