My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you know that there are people in the world who do not like nuts in their chocolate chip cookies? Would you believe that I am one of those people? What if I told you that even though I detest nuts in chocolate chip cookies, my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie has nuts. You’d think I was confused, right? You might call me crazy or mock me or spit in my direction every time you saw me on the street. Or maybe you’d just shrug your shoulders and wish I’d stop talking about chocolate chip cookies.

You see, the thing about these cookies is that the nuts aren’t big chunks that shock you with each bite. You’re not suddenly assaulted by this little rock hard crunchy thing in your otherwise decliciously soft and chewy cookie. In fact, you don’t even know that nuts are in these cookies, you just know that something magical happened somewhere in the making of these little guys and that you like it. You like it very much.

The nuts are toasted to bring out their flavors and then they are chopped, chopped, chopped so finely that you could almost call it nut flour. Or nut powder. Or nut dust. Whatever you call it, it’s a delicious way to eat nuts in a cookie.


My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and very finely chopped (I prefer pecans)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the sugars and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.
  3. Stir together the flour and salt and then add them to the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop 2 tablespoon full balls of dough on the cookie sheet, 4 inches apart. Bake for 18 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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17 Responses to “My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Joanne December 1, 2010 @ 11:44 am (#

    I have to say, I’m not a big fan of nuts in my cookies OR chocolate chips in my ice cream because of just that reason. I don’t want any obstruction between me and cookie/ice cream deliciousness. Love the idea of nut dust though. Man. That sounds wrong.


  2. nikki (Pennies on a Platter) December 1, 2010 @ 8:14 pm (#

    You may have convinced me to give nuts in my cookies a try! :) Hmmm….I don’t know though!


  3. ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska December 1, 2010 @ 8:55 pm (#

    I’m not generally a fan of nuts in my chocolate chip cookies, but may need to give these a try!


  4. AtOneWithHim December 1, 2010 @ 11:52 pm (#

    Nut dust? Something is very wrong with me. I’m almost 41 and I am laughing at nut dust… it could be because I live with boys.

    On a serious note I love nuts in everything and appreciate chunks. I don’t think I would like nut I’m serious but that phrase..ok I will go punish myself now.


  5. Megan December 2, 2010 @ 8:44 am (#

    I agree with you about the nuts–I hate them in my baked goods. But I think I might be with you on this one–finely chopped sounds Okay!


  6. Jenna December 3, 2010 @ 8:40 am (#

    So, I’m wondering what kind of pan you use to make your cookies….regular cookie sheet, air baked cookie sheet, stoneware or maybe something else? Do you think it makes a difference in the way to cookies turn out?? Both recipes look great and I can’t wait to try them! :)


  7. grace December 3, 2010 @ 8:58 am (#

    i’m with ya–you like the flavor the nuts provide, but not their obtrusive crunchiness. i hear ya, and i agree.


  8. Karly December 3, 2010 @ 9:08 am (#

    Jenna, I just use regular cookie sheets. I believe I got them at Marshall’s for around 10 bucks apiece. I’m cheap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I did use an air-baked cookie sheet for a while a few years ago, but I had trouble with washing it…apparently you weren’t supposed to get the back of it wet (because of all the holes?) and I was just not patient enough for that. I don’t remember anything super fabulous about the way the cookies turned out compared to a normal baking sheet, either.

    Hope that helps!


  9. Ashley February 10, 2011 @ 11:28 pm (#

    I used to hate nuts in my cookies but now I like them, though not always. I have some favourite ccc recipes but will add these to the list to try. :)


  10. Allie September 25, 2011 @ 2:03 pm (#

    OMG. Eating these right now fresh out of the oven. AMAZING!!! My new favorite cookie.


  11. kiki January 11, 2012 @ 8:12 pm (#

    Yes!! It’s ALL about the sea salt with the chocolate…mmmmm!


  12. Casey January 12, 2012 @ 3:29 pm (#

    I think you are a little nuts!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but seriously, this recipe seem to be “the chosen one” I think I will have to give this guy a try with brown butter, just like you suggested in your recent post!


  13. african foods February 21, 2012 @ 5:22 pm (#

    Cookies is what we i norway call kaker. Just surfing around to be inspired for my own site.. I love what you have done with your blog :)


  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks November 6, 2012 @ 12:24 am (#

    I have seen this recipe on Deb’s site and have always wondered about it. Glad to know you are a huge fan!


  15. Barbara Skinner February 22, 2014 @ 10:14 am (#

    browning the butter makes them even better!



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