Recipe: Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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What you need: 

1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 275 degrees

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or leave them ungreased

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a small bowl and set aside

Using an electric mixer on medium high speed, cream the butter and sugar together in a medium size mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 1 1/2 minutes

Stop the mixer to scrape the bowl several times with a rubber spatula

Add the dry ingredients on low speed and continue to blend for 10 seconds

Increase speed to medium high and beat until fluffy, about 2 1/2 minutes. Scrape the bowl.

Add the chocolate chips and nuts with several turns of the mixer, then complete the mixing by hand with a wooden spoon

Measure out generously rounded tablespoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls with your hand

Place the balls 1 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheets, and press them down lightly to form a flat bottom

Bake the cookies until they are crunchy and golden, about 1 hour

To test for doneness, remove one cookie from the sheet and cut in half. There should be no dough strip in the center

Allow cookies to cool on rack, and enjoy!

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