Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Emily Weinberger for Food Network Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 16 to 18 cookies
There is a special little bakery in New York City called Levain Bakery that makes seriously decadent and massively huge cookies, which are the inspiration for these giant treats. These oversized cookies are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside with chunks of chocolate and slightly sweet walnuts studded throughout. The key to making them so chewy is using only dark brown sugar and skipping the granulated stuff altogether. The molasses in brown sugar gives the cookies the most ideal chewiness and just the right amount of sweetness.



  1. Sift the flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda together into a large bowl.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar in another large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. (Use the paddle attachment for a stand mixer.) Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the dry ingredients and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and walnuts by hand.
  3. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  5. Use a 2-ounce ice cream scoop to scoop half the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart (you should have about 8 cookies, roughly 3 1/2-ounces each, per baking sheet). Sprinkle the flaky sea salt on top of the dough balls.
  6. Bake, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, until the cookies are golden around the edges but still soft in the middle, 18 to 20 minutes. Let them cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  7. Store the cookies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.