Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is the absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tried.   What makes the cookies so delicious and different is their large size and the hint of almond flavoring.  Be sure to toast the walnuts as that adds a unique taste to the cookie as well.  I would definitely make these again soon.

2 sticks COLD butter, unsalted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp almond flavoring
3-1/4 to 3-1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp to 1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup TOASTED walnuts

While the oven is warming to 350 degrees, place the walnuts in the oven for 10-15 min. on a baking sheet to toast.  With an electric mixer, blend the butter, sugar and brown sugar until well-mixed.  Add one egg at a time and blend thoroughly, then add the almond flavoring.  In a separate bowl, mix the flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda together.  Then add to the egg and butter mixture.  Mix just until blended (be careful not to overmix, or your cookies will be tough).  Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.  Using a full 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop the batter onto a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake 16-18 min. until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.  Makes about 14-16 big cookies.

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