I make Russell play a lot of games – like “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of our life, what would it be?” kinds of games. One of my favorite is to name our favorite desserts. For Russell, it’s pretty easy because he doesn’t like dessert. But for me, it’s one of the hardest decisions I could be asked to make. So, I end up saying my favorite pie, my favorite chocolate dessert, my favorite cake. And then I realize I have three favorite cakes and the game ends.
But, I hands down have a favorite cookie. And this is it.
They’re crispy on the edges but soft in the middle, with a wonderful rich flavor. And the walnuts and dark chocolate combo is perfection.
Here’s the recipe:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (plus a little sea salt to sprinkle on top)
1/2 cup softened salted butter
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla
1 bag of dark chocolate chips
1 cup walnut pieces
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Mix together butter, shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on low until just blended and then on high for a few minutes. Stir in flour mixture, by hand. Once mixed, add in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Chill for 2-3 hours.
Place large scoops on greased cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room between cookies since they spread out quite a bit. Return remaining dough to refridgerator.
Bake on 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes; take them out long before the center is cooked so they’ll stay soft. Let cool on pan then transfer to cooling rack.