Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Raisins and Walnuts

Ladies and gentlemen, start your mixers!  

Holiday cookie season is under way.  Butter is being stockpiled in fridges; sacks of flour are clogging pantries; sprinkles are disappearing from store shelves.  What a wonderful time of year!  Not to be left out, I started before Thanksgiving (everyone else is starting Christmas before Thanksgiving so why not?) with these Chocolate Chunk cookies. 

I did, however, do a Google search before writing this post.  I was curious to see how many other recipes there were out there for chocolate chunk cookies with raisins and walnuts.  Would my contribution be worth the time, or would it be redundant?  What Google spit back at me were a lot of recipes for oatmeal cookies with walnuts, raisins (and chocolate chips) in them.  But chocolate chunk cookies with raisins and walnuts, not so much.

Maybe people prefer their walnuts and raisins in oatmeal cookies.  Maybe I'm wrong to leave out the oatmeal and mess up a perfectly good chocolate cookie with stuff people would rather not see in there.  Maybe there isn't a beloved candy out there with raisins and nuts engulfed in chocolate that's a bit on the chunky side.  Or maybe the internet needs to just catch up, because Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Raisins and Walnuts are a thing, and they are a delicious thing!  

As proof I offer a paraphrase from a thank you note written by my neighbor who received a half dozen.  She said she felt she had to eat her cookie in a room by herself because she was making so many nom nom noises!

Maybe it's the crunch of the walnuts or the extra sweetness and chewiness from the raisins.  Maybe it's the novelty or the surprise factor.  Maybe plain old chocolate chip cookies just aren't good enough (no, they are).  Maybe chocolate chunks are better than chocolate chips (yes, they are).  Whatever it is, chocolate chunk cookies with raisins and walnuts are my new favorite cookie.  At least until I start baking more Christmas cookies!

chocolate chunk cookies with raisins and walnuts

1 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup raw cane sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 & 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chunks (not chips)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cups raisins soaked in boiling water and drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a stand mixer cream butter and add sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium to combine.  Scrap down beater and bowl as necessary.  In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to butter mixture and beat on medium to combine. 

Add chocolate chunks, walnuts and drained raisins and mix well.  Scoop batter out by tablespoonfuls on to parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 6 minutes and then spin trays back to front and bake an additional 5-6 minutes or until cookies are light golden around the edges.  Cool cookies on wire rack.  Makes about 30 cookies.

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