Super Easy Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time, or you don’t have a lot of clean bowls.   No judgements – some of us are better at time management and keeping our kitchen clean than others.   I would say I’m pretty good at time management so I usually avoid self-imposed emergencies.   However….my kitchen can always use some help.   And sometimes there’s only one clean bowl available.  Or, you know, none.  Yup, you don’t need any bowls for this one.

What can I say?   I love baking but cleaning is a complete pain in the butt.   I mean, I get to it eventually, but mostly so that I have counter space and clean bowls and utensils so I can bake more.   I need staff for that – but until I can afford that, this recipe can help.   And, it doesn’t hurt that the cookies are super moist and tasty.

Ingredients

·        2 bars(4 oz each) of semi-sweet baking chocolate (note that these come in bars, not a bag like chips)

·        ¾ c dark brown sugar

·        ¼ c butter, softened slightly

·        2 eggs

·        2 t vanilla

·        1 1/4 c flour

·        ¼ t baking powder

·        2 c walnuts, chopped up (you may want to reduce to a cup and a half – this was kind of a lot.  But great if you love walnuts!)

Directions

Chop up 1 bar of the semi-sweet chocolate.  You don’t have to be too fancy or uniform here – you’re basically just doing this to make the blocks smaller.   Put this aside (you can even leave it sitting on the cutting board – you’ll get to it soon enough).

Take the other bar of semi-sweet chocolate and put it into a small pot.  Melt the chocolate over the lowest heat possible, stirring consistently until it all melts.

IMG_0483Then, add the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla and mix that up with a wooden spoon until it’s well blended.

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Take the mixture off the heat, stir in the flour and baking powder, again with a wooden spoon and again until it’s totally blended.   Let the batter sit for about 10 minutes before  stirring in the chopped up chocolate and the walnuts.

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IMG_0492Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes – the cookies will actually be a little shiny.

Leave them on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then move them a wire rack.

IMG_0498Makes about 3 dozen pieces of simple deliciousness.

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