dark chocolate chip cookies (w/ & w/o walnuts!)

March 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I finally made my favorite cookies after my miserably failed first attempt 5 years ago!  I must say that these were WAY better than last time!  Note to self:  do a little baking research before actual baking!  I got the recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking, which she affectionately titled the recipe as:  “MY BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES“.  Although mine did not look as nice as hers in the book, they were pretty tasty and it seems that they were a hit with my fellow work colleagues.

Classic rookie mistake….I over-baked many of the batches (no photos available for these….how convenient!), but I really do think that the quality of the ingredients made up for it.  So when in doubt, use the best possible ingredients you can and it will make a huge difference.

A little tip for making them look good:  be sure to turn the chocolate chips so that they are pointing up or the easy way would be to add 2 chips to the top of each cookie.  You will see the difference by comparing the photos below of the 1st & 2nd batches.  I think it will look nicer with hand-chopped chunks of chocolate, though.  So I already bought blocks of good quality dark chocolate so that I can put in chopped chocolate pieces for my next set of cookies.  Chocolate chips are great to always have on hand for those days you just want to throw some in the dough real quick.

Pictures really do speak a thousand words….enjoy!  (By the way, I inserted both the slide show and the gallery for your convenience.  The gallery at the bottom is labeled with each step and you can click on each photo for a closer view.)

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