When I was just a boy, my mom used to make the best chocolate chip cookies & walnut cookies.
History: Legend has it that the chocolate chip cookie was accidentally developed by Ruth Wakefield in 1933. Ruth Wakefield was the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Where she served home cooked meals to her patrons. One of her favorite recipes was for Butter Drop Do cookies. One day Ruth found herself without a needed ingredient; baker’s chocolate. So she simply substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar. Unlike the baker’s chocolate, the chocolate bar did not completely melt. And so the original Chocolate Chip cookie was born.
Why it’s awesome: Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? It was first introduced to me by Mr.Christie. Then my mother turned the tables on me and reinvented the chocolate chip cookie and added freshness, and walnuts all at once. She also double and tripled the size of Mr. Christie’s Famous Chips Ahoy cookies! I won’t lie to you, I still love Chips Ahoy but nothing beats a freshly baked cookie, especially when they’ve only been out of the oven for about 10 or 15 mins
Ingredients & Portions:
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Walnuts
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 2 1/4 Cups All-purpose Flour
- 3/4 Tsp Salt
- 3/4 Cup White Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Cook time & Directions:
- Heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Gently mix your white and brown sugar, butter, vanilla and beaten eggs all together
- Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. The dough should stiffen up quite a bit
- We now use a Kitchen Aid 300 watt mixer, this makes the job dramatically easier
- Stir in your chocolate chips and walnuts at the very end, you can do this by hand or continue to use a mixer
Nutritional Benefits: The real benefit is more for the soul than the body. However, you could always make concessions. This cookie can be made with oatmeal instead of flour, you could also reduce your sugars and substitute butter for margarine to make this a truly healthy treat! Walnuts are high in fiber, vit. B, E, and magnesium. Also high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats also known as omega 3, which have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts have significantly high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids compared to other nuts.