These thick and chewy chocolate chip walnut cookies have the perfect balance of sweet and salty! Loaded with melty chocolate and buttery walnuts, this easy cookie recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
Is there anything better than a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? Probably only if you add a few handfuls of walnuts to your dough! This classic chocolate chip walnut cookie recipe is super simple, no-fuss and one of our all-time favorites!
ingredients + substitutions
You’ll need just 10 ingredients to make these delicious chocolate chunk walnut cookies:
- Butter: Use unsalted room temperature butter.
- Dark brown sugar + granulated sugar: Creamed with the butter, a combination of these two sugars yields perfectly chewy cookies.
- Eggs: Two large eggs provide structure in our cookie dough.
- Vanilla extract: Feel free to add a little more for extra flavor!
- All purpose flour: We strongly recommend weighing your flour to ensure your cookies have the best texture. If using cups, make sure to use the spoon and level method. Lightly spoon flour into the measuring cup until it’s completely full. Then run the back of a knife over the cup to gently scrape off any excess.
- Baking soda: This helps make sure our cookies are soft and chewy.
- Salt: To get the perfect sweet and salty balance!
- Semi-sweet chocolate: I prefer using chopped bar chocolate, but you can opt for chocolate chips if you prefer.
- Chopped walnuts: I prefer to buy whole walnuts or walnut halves and pieces and chop them myself to get bigger chunks. You can also substitute your favorite nut. Pecans, pistachios and peanuts would all make excellent additions.
making thick and chewy cookies
While I normally love a thin and crispy cookie, we like our chocolate chip walnut cookies a bit on the thicker side! To ensure your cookies come out thick and chewy, here are a few tips.
Don’t overmix the butter and sugar. Cream the butter with the sugars just as much as needed. Over-creaming will add too much air to your mixture, which can cause the cookies to spread too much in the oven.
Make sure you don’t skip chilling the cookie dough. At least one hour is enough for these cookies, but feel free to chill them even longer for thicker cookies. And if you’re short on time make sure to at least pop them in the freezer for 15 minutes!
Don’t flatten the cookies before they go in the oven. Roll them into balls and they’ll flatten a bit as they cook.
baking and storing
These cookies only need about 10 minutes in the oven at 375 F (190 C). Make sure to avoid over-baking. You’ll want to take them out of the oven when they’re lightly brown. Then just let them sit on the pan for 10 minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
The cookie dough can be made several days in advance. The baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to five days.
Baked cookies will freeze well for up to three months. If you’d prefer to freeze the cookie dough, I recommend portioning the dough into balls and baking directly from frozen — just add a few minutes extra as needed!
chocolate chip walnut cookies: FAQs
Don’t skip chilling the cookies in the refrigerator. Also don’t flatten the cookies before baking. Roll them into balls and they’ll flatten as they cook.
Yes! Pecans, peanuts or your favorite nut would work well in this recipe. Just make sure to use about 1.5 cups (or about 170 g) of chopped nuts.
Yes! Baked cookies will keep well in the freezer for about three months. The cookie dough can also be portioned out and frozen for three months. Bake directly from frozen and add a few minutes extra to the cooking time as necessary.
For more delicious cookie recipes, make sure you give these a try!
- peanut butter miso cookies
- german chocolate cookies
- malted chocolate chip cookies
- chocolate dulce de leche cookies
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