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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (Small Batch)

Pillowy soft, deliciously thick, and perfect for dunking in a glass of milk, my Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies recipe is my go-to when I’m in need of a quick chocolate fix. Yielding just 4 large, bakery-sized treats, this small batch of cookies is ideal for my 2-person household. Best of all, you don’t even need to get out your mixer!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chips, Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4 Large Cookies
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Emily Laurae


  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet


  • 1 ¼ Cup (150 g) All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Cup (75 g) Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • ¼ Cup (55 g) Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup (50 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ Cup (150 g) Chocolate Chips, with a few saved for post-bake
  • ½ Cup (60 g) Walnuts, chopped
  • Flakey Sea Salt, post-bake


  • Whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
    1 ¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour, ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt, ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Mix together the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts
    ⅓ Cup Unsalted Butter, ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar, 1 Egg
  • Divide the dough into four even balls (about 145g each) and roll into spheres - place on a lined plate or baking tray. Place your dough in the fridge overnight, or at a bare minimum for thirty minutes - this helps add to the texture, flavor and spreading of the cookie when they are ready to bake.
    1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract, ¾ Cup Chocolate Chips, ½ Cup Walnuts
  • Prepare your baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the cookies about 3-4 inches apart on your baking sheets.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and one sheet at a time, bake your cookies until the edges are firm and the centers are soft, about 13-15 minutes. These are big cookies so they will take some time to bake through!.
  • Sprinkle with flakey sea salt, cool your cookies on a wire rack and enjoy!
    Flakey Sea Salt


Optional Variations
This walnut chocolate cookies recipe is perfect for a quick dessert fix, but there are plenty of ways to customize it for your needs:
  • Double the recipe, double the cookie fun. While I built this as a specifically small-batch cookie recipe, you can easily double it for a more shareable batch.
  • Swap out your mix-ins. Try using a different kind of nut like pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or pistachios. Swap in white or milk chocolate, or use different types of baking chips. M&Ms or leftover Cadbury Eggs would also be great here!


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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