Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

My Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are thick, soft, loaded with chocolate and walnuts. I am sharing the trick on how to make the thickest chocolate chip cookies ever!

Looking for more chocolate chip cookie recipes? Try My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, my version of Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies, or my Half Pound Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie Recipe

If You Like THICK Cookies These Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies Are For You!

I have no shortage of chocolate chip cookie recipes here on my site. I hope you have made a few of them, but if you haven’t, todays recipe is a good place to start! These Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are thick, buttery, loaded with chocolate and yep, walnuts! They are very similar to the famous Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies in NYC, so if you’re a fan of their gooey, giant cookies, these will be right up your alley!

Whether you are a fan of nuts in your cookies or not, this is THE cookie recipe for you if you like THICK cookies! I’m going to show you the super easy tricks to making the thickest cookies ever!

Thick Cookie broken in half with gooey melted chocolate

How To Make THICK Cookies!

Ok, I am going to share a few tricks with you today that are super easy, and kind of life-changing if you are into thick cookies. This chocolate chip cookie recipe might end up being your most favorite ever because it’s pretty perfect if you are in love with giant cookies like I am! Sure, I really do enjoy a crispy cookie from time to time, but when I crave chocolate chip cookies, the cozy, buttery, melty chocolate is what I’m after. And these beauties deliver…BIG TIME!

#1 – Increase Your Oven Temp!

So most chocolate chip cookie recipes call for you to bake them at 350°F. BUT let’s think about that…I’ve tested cookie recipes at different temps and have found the higher the oven temp, the less the cookies spread. Makes sense.

AND it’s an amazing trick to keeping your cookies soft on the inside, because since you’re baking them at a higher temp, the outsides get browned more quickly, leaving the insides slightly under-baked. Kind of like searing your cookie! You do it for meat, so I thought, why not try the same idea for cookies. Turns out, it works PERFECTLY!

#2 – Use COLD Butter

You can achieve the same effect by chilling your dough, so that’s always an option, of course. BUT if you don’t want to wait for your dough to chill, use cold butter and it will aid in preventing the cookies from spreading as much! Of course, chilling the dough helps deepen the flavor as well, so that’s a benefit of that, but I’m just here to tell you it isn’t necessary!

#3 – Cornstarch

Cornstarch is a thickening agent, so it makes sense to add it to cookie dough in small amounts when you would like your cookies to be thicker. And while I think cornstarch does aid in making your cookie slightly thicker, what I find it does best is leave the insides of your cookie more tender by softening the proteins in the flour. So you get a slight crisp on the outside of your cookie while being soft on the inside!

#4 – A Little Bit More Flour

This is a fine line for sure…too much flour and you’ll end up with cakey, dry cookies, but a little bit more paired with the higher bake temp = perfectly thick cookies!

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Can I Freeze These Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies?

Yes!! Like I said above, this recipe doesn’t have to be chilled before you bake them, BUT you can absolutely freeze the dough and save it for later…OR you can freeze your cookies after they’ve been baked! Here’s how:

Freezing the Dough

Simply prepare the recipe as written through step #6. DOn’t worry about spacing the dough out on the baking sheet, you can place the portioned dough close together to fit all your scoops on one baking sheet.

Then flash freeze all the dough balls for 45-ish minutes, until they are solid. Then place the dough balls into a large zip-top bag and freeze for up to 30 days.

To bake the dough you don’t have to worry about thawing the dough out, but I would reduce the baking temp to 375°F if you are baking them from frozen!

Freezing the Already Baked Cookies

If you end up with too many cookies, so ahead and make sure they are cooled completely, and place them in a large zip-top bag or a plastic container and freeze them for up to 30 days!

Thaw them at room temperature and you can even pop them back into a 350°F oven for 3 minutes to heat them back up!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies on a cooking rack

Do You HAVE To Use Walnuts In This Cookie Recipe?

Nope! You really don’t. I am actually not a huge fan of nuts in my cookies, so I have made these with AND without the nuts! You can even decrease the amount of nuts in the recipe to 1 cup if you want to start slowly! BUT if you’re a fan of nuts, you can also get creative with your options:

  • Pecans. This is an easy swap out!
  • Pistachios. Chop them up to add another layer of flavor to your cookies!
  • Peanuts. This could be really good!
  • Macadamia Nuts. Swap out the chocolate for white chocolate and you could have an extra thick version of my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

The thickest, softest chocolate chip cookies loaded with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts! If you have ever had a cookie from Levain Bakery in NYC you will love these!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold salted butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the butter and all the sugars together for 30 seconds on low speed. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for 4 minutes until combined and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and corn starch and mix for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  5. With mixer still on low, add in the chocolate chips and walnuts until incorporated.
  6. Using a large (3 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until the edges and tops are lightly golden.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

Store airtight for up to 3 days.

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25 Responses
  1. Kat

    Ok so I’m not a huge cook or baker but wanted to make these except I don’t have a stand up mixer…can I use a regular hand held mixer? or just mix it all by hand?

  2. Annabel Middleton

    Super easy & truly delicious! I used 1/2 pecans & 1/2 walnuts. Also sprinkled with salt before baking. Will absolutely make again!

  3. Elisa

    You nailed it! These are forever going to be my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Straight from the oven, they were ah mazing. 2 days later, still awesome. Made them without nuts since my kids aren’t huge fans, but added m&ms. They make so many which is the best part and no chilling time is just a bonus! Thank you!

  4. Ooh yeah……..simply love it when a cookie, or any dessert for that matter, comes out looking just the pics on the blog. I could literally swap mine out for yours, they are that similar. And the taste is incredible. Just might be the most perfect cookie texture ever. Slightly crispy on the outside and soft and amazing on the inside. Love the extra 1/2 cup of walnuts and chocolate chips that you don’t normally see in recipes. These cookies are so super simple to whip up and just perfect all the way around. Thanks for another “keeper” recipe Shelly!!

    1. Emily

      I made them again but halved the recipe bc I only had one stick of butter. My only regret is not keeping more butter in the house 😉

  5. mistycorn@hotmail.com

    I made these last night (minus the walnuts because my family is stupid) and they were gone when I got up this morning. (Someone got hungry in the middle of the night???) Big hit at my house!!!! I’ll be whipping up another batch to take in the car for our road trip in a couple days. Thanks for the recipe!

    Also, thank you so much for the ability to save recipes directly on your website. It makes my life so much easier since I adore your recipes and go back to them often.

    1. Shelly

      So glad you liked them!! And glad you’re loving the “save” feature! I was hoping it might make things easier for you guys!!

  6. Kara

    My family loves chocolate chip cookies, and we have been searching for the best recipe. We found it! These cookies are perfect…thick, soft, scrumptious! I made them smaller (using a 1.5 T cookie scoop) and baked them for 7 minutes. They came out slightly brown on the edges and perfectly soft in the middle. Thank you for the amazing recipe…it’s our new ‘go-to’!

  7. 314MOM

    These look amazing. Are both brown sugars packed when measuring? I sometimes see recipes that don’t specify whether to pack or not and it makes a difference in the final result. Mentioning gram weight in baking recipes would really help those of us who prefer to use a scale. I really enjoy your recipes!

  8. Lori

    Just made these tonight – SO good! I only had light brown sugar and omitted the nuts. I love that they don’t need chilling, still baked up think and soft/chewy and only used one bowl. Froze the rest of the dough and can’t wait to make these again! Thanks!

  9. Kelly

    Id like to make these big, like 4 ounces big. How do you suggest baking them? Still 400? How long? These look amamzing. Also, If I dont use nuts, can I add more chips?

  10. Janet Dolan

    If the butter is cold, how do you beat til fluffy? I usually soften my butter first but then it isn’t cold. These look delicious! Thank you.

    1. Shelly

      The butter will warm up while you’re beating it. It won’t be room temperature, but it will get fluffier as you are mixing it for 4 minutes!

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