Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are nutty chocolate chip cookies that are classic cookies with extra crunch. If you like the combination of chocolate and walnuts, you’re going to love this flavor combination. Or, if you don’t care for walnuts, substitute your favorite nut, or leave them out completely.
There are several ways you could potentially change up this recipe to give it some variety. The most obvious recipe variation is in the chocolate chips. Here are some ideas as to different kinds of chocolate chips that can be used:
Changing the kinds of nuts used can also change the recipe and give it some variety. Here are some nuts that you might like to use:
Following are our recipe tips and tricks to help you make the cookies that you desire.
Mini cookies. To make mini cookies, decrease the amount of baking time and use smaller scoops of cookie dough to make miniature cookies.
Thicker cookies. For thicker cookies, use cornstarch and cold butter to make the batter for the cookies.
Chewy cookies. Chewy cookies can be achieved by decreasing or using the lower end of the suggested bake time.
Puffy cookies. For puffy cookies, make sure that you’ve used the recommended cornstarch listed in the recipe and confirm that your baking soda and baking powder have not expired. They are what make your cookies rise.
Soft center. For cookies that have a soft center, slightly under bake them. This will allow the centers to remain soft.
Picture perfect. For picture perfect bakery style cookies, consider adding chocolate chips and walnut pieces on top of the cookies as soon as you remove them from the oven. This will allow them to stick as well as give them a professional appearance.
How To Store Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
How you store your cookies will depend on whether they are still in dough form or if they’ve already been baked. Here are some options.
Dough. Raw cookie dough for this recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Or, you might choose to store your cookie dough in the freezer for a longer shelf life of up to 2 months. For the best results, scoop your cookie dough into the desired sized balls. Then transfer them to a cookie sheet to flash freeze them.
Once they’re frozen, you’ll want to move them to a zipped freezer bag to keep them fresh and from becoming freezer burnt.
Baked. To store baked cookies, you can keep them at room temperature sealed in an airtight container for up to 2 days. In other words, you can make them ahead up to 2 days.
For longer shelf life, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
Freezing the already baked cookies is also a possibility to keep them for later. Just store them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
When you get ready to serve them, just remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature.
When Are Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies Done?
They are done when the centers are no longer gooey. Use our recommended bake time to help you know how long to leave them in the oven. For a crunchier cookie, bake them longer if desired.
What Kind of Chocolate Should You Use?
You can use your favorite brand or your favorite flavor of chocolate. We generally use dark chocolate, but you can use your favorite.
For some flavor ideas see our chocolate and other candy chip ideas listed under the recipe variations section above.
If You Like THICK Cookies These Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies Are for You!
These cookies have a nice traditional flavor with a thick and sturdy structure that melts in your mouth and tastes delicious. Give them a try to see what you think.
How To Make THICK Cookies!
If you like extra thick cookies. And for even thicker cookies than we’ve made, here are some steps to help you achieve that.
#1 – Increase Your Oven Temp!
We recommend a baking temperature of 350F degrees, but you can increase the oven temperature a few degrees to 375F degrees or even a bit more to help achieve a thicker cookie.
This will also cause you to want to decrease the baking time by a few minutes so you don’t end up with a burned cookie batch.
#2 – Use COLD Butter
Our recipe calls for soft butter, but if you want a thicker cookie, use cold butter instead. This will help you achieve your goal.
#3 – Cornstarch, thickening agent
Cornstarch acts as a thickening agent and we’ve included it in our recipe below. It will help you. make thicker cookies.
#4 – A Little Bit More Flour
Adding a little more flour will also help your cookies to turn out thicker. They won’t flatten or melt as much during the baking process. Just be careful to add a little at a time when adding more flour so you don’t ruin the cookie batter.
How to Make Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
To make chocolate chip walnut cookies, follow our step-by-step instructions below and mix the ingredients as specified, then bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes depending on your preference.
2 cups butter, soft
2 ½ cups brown sugar
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
5 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. Cream together butter, brown sugar, sugar, and eggs until smooth and thoroughly mixed.
3. Add vanilla, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well incorporated.
4. Carefully add flour and mix until combined.
5. Add chocolate chips and walnuts. Stir until just incorporated.
6. Prepare an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350F degrees for 10-15 minutes.
7. Let cool. Serve and enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following are frequently asked questions for chocolate chip walnut cookies. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.
What’s a good baking time for chocolate chip cookies?
A good baking time for chocolate chip cookies will depend on how you like them done. For soft chewy cookies bake them for less time. For browned crispy cookies, bake them for more time.
Our recipe calls for 10-15 minutes of bake time. You can alter the time by increasing the time for crunchy or decreasing the bake time for softer cookies.
How to bake frozen cookie dough?
To make cookie dough from its frozen state, you’ll want to add 3 – 5 minutes of bake time to start. After that, check your cookies to see if they’ve reached the desired doneness. If not, add a few more minutes of bake time.
Do you have to use walnuts in this cookie recipe?
No, walnuts are not required in this recipe for the cookies to turn out. You can substitute your favorite nuts such as almonds or pecans, or you can leave them out altogether.
What kind of instant pudding mix should you use?
Our recipe for this post doesn’t call for instant pudding mix, but if you’d like to make more moist or cake like chocolate chip cookies, some recipes recommend adding instant vanilla pudding mix to your cookie batter.
How to bake frozen cookie dough?
There are a couple of different ways you can bake frozen cookie dough. The first is to thaw it in refrigerator overnight.
The other option is to place the frozen dough balls directly on a baking sheet and baking them from frozen. You’ll want to increase the bake time by a couple minutes when baking them frozen.
Can I freeze these chocolate chip walnut cookies?
Yes, just follow our instructions listed above for proper storage. You can freeze these cookies for up to 2 months.