Ready for it? Here it is: I have discovered the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world. I know. Unbelievable, but it's true.
Salted, chewy, chocolatey sustenance.
Aaand it's begun. I can sense your anxious/excited/desperate/hungry emotions starting to kick in.
I have good news. We can work through this together. I am tempted to proclaim this recipe's greatness from the rooftops, but I won't. I'll do the next best thing, which is to tell you baking wizards how to make them.
See? Not all is lost!
You will need:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. warm water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Himalayan salt (sea salt works too!)
First, if you're using raw walnuts (like I did), chop them into smaller pieces, and place on a baking sheet.
Set oven to around 350 to toast the walnuts. Keep them in for about 8 minutes, but check on them frequently so they don't burn. Pull them out when they look dark golden and crispy. Leave oven on, because the cookies will also be baked at 350.
Next, place granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Melt entire stick of butter in a saucepan on the stove top.
Allow it to simmer until it becomes dark brown in color.
Once the butter is browned and melted, pour it into the sugar mixture, and mix together.
Next, mix warm water and baking soda in a small bowl.
Pour baking soda mixture into batter.
Add egg, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and flour to large bowl one at a time. Stir mixture lightly between each addition.
Finally, add remaining chocolate chips and toasted walnuts to cookie dough. Make sure you mix it well so you get a little bit of everything in each bite.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and place tablespoon-sized drops of cookie dough on sheets. These cookies do spread a little, so give them room to breathe.
Bake for 9-12 minutes. They will deflate and get a little crackly once you remove them from the oven.
Wait for it...
Crack a little Himalayan salt on top when cookies are still warm out of the oven.
Take the time for a silly photo opp (but not too much time), and enjoy!