Sunday, October 2, 2016

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

"The things I would do to these cookies are only legal in Flavortown."
My coworker gave me a bunch of walnuts from his trees. I had more than I knew how to eat alone by cracking them open and eating them, so I decided to bake with them. Cookies seemed like an obvious choice, as not only are they easy to bake, but they are also very delicious. Since summer has ended, the temperatures outside have dropped low enough to start baking again, so it was a perfect time to bake some cookies.

Walnuts inside the husks
The walnuts were given to me with the husks on, so I spent a good hour or so removing the husks from all the shells. In the process, I ended up dying my fingers slightly brown. This is due to a chemical compound called juglone which is found inside the husks.
I've got a box of walnuts!
With that part aside, I could start mixing together the other ingredients before I start shelling. I located and adapted this recipe to make a double batch.

Ingredients for tasty treats
First off, I mixed up/creamed the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract with my ancient electric mixer.
Remember to always soften the butter prior to mixing
I let that mixture sit for a bit while I shelled walnuts for a good 20 minutes. There were many tough nuts to crack, but being only off the tree for less than a week, I knew it was worth the effort.
Shell station
Watch this, I employed the use of an imitation Slap Chop to finely chop the walnuts.
"You're gonna love my nuts"
After slapping all my troubles away, I added in the remaining dry ingredients and mixed up batter to form the cookie dough. After the dough formed, then it was time to add the white chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
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Forming little balls and it was time to bake all the cookies at 375 degrees. Each tray takes about 10 minutes to bake. I lined my trays with parchment paper.
Forming the dough into round balls makes the baking easier
Getting closer to being ready (Now with two trays)
Make America Bake Again!
After the cookies turned golden brown, the trays were removed from the oven and transferred to wire racks to cool. That's it. They are very delicious and are difficult to resist. Happy Baking!
Cookies are done!
Sharing cookies is truly caring.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies w/Walnuts Ingredients

2 whole Eggs
1 cup Unsalted Butter
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Cane Sugar
1 cup Tightly Packed Brown Sugar
2 ½ cups All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
12 ounces, weight White Chocolate Chips
2 cups Chopped Walnuts

Makes ~Two Dozen Cookies

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