This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! This recipe makes chewier cookies, studded with chocolate chips and walnuts. 

All of the years of my life, I’ve been on the hunt for chocolate chip cookies that I like better than these delicious chocolate chip walnut cookies. These chewy cookies are my mom’s recipe, and to me, they’re the absolute perfect chocolate chip cookie! 

All of her grandkids (and kids) beg her to make a huge batch of these easy chocolate chip walnut cookies for Christmas! They are absolutely my family’s favorite cookies, and they’re always gone in a flash.

We manage to eat an embarrassing number of cookies in the afternoon that we spend together celebrating the holiday. But I never have any regrets about it! 

a photo of a chocolate chip cookie with walnuts

I think that classic chocolate chip cookies are the perfect cookies! Why? Well, I prefer a chewy cookie with golden brown crispy edges and a nice, gooey center! I also look for a good mix of sweet and salty flavor. This great recipe manages to achieve all of these things! 

a photo of chocolate chip walnut cookies on a cooking rack

Recipe Substitutions: 

​There are a few ingredient substitutions you can make for these chewy chocolate chip walnut cookies! Here are a few that I know will work: 

  • Substitute brown sugar for white sugar, and vice versa. 
  • Feel free to use chocolate chunks, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for the semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels. 
  • You can substitute unsalted butter for the vegetable shortening, but it tends to make the cookies a little puffier and they will lose the chewy texture. Make sure not to use cold butter. Allow it to come close to room temperature before mixing. 
  • Substitute chopped pecans, almonds or your favorite nut for the crunchy walnuts. Or omit the nuts altogether! 
  • Another substitution idea for the walnuts is 1/2 cup of oats! An easy way to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and add some fun texture to your cookies.
a photo of walnut chocolate chip cookies

Serving Suggestions: 

What more do you need than a big glass of cold milk to go with the perfect cookie? 

But really, if you’re putting together a cookie tray, I’m a huge fan of serving these cookies alongside The Best Christmas Cracker Candy or Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars! They’re the perfect combination for a festive tray of treats. 

an overhead photo of a chocolate chip cookie on a cooking rack

Storing Leftover Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies: 

Keep leftover cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.

The cookies will get stale as the days pass, but I’ve found you can revive them with a short warm-up in the microwave (10-20 seconds), and a quick dunk in a glass of cold milk! 

A photo of a chocolate chip walnut cookie on a cooling rack

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! This recipe makes chewier cookies, studded with chocolate chips and walnuts. 


Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry ingredients:

  • l cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the wet ingredients, shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla till light and fluffy. 
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients. 
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, one large spoonful at a time. Mix well.  
  5. Gently fold in the cup chocolate chips and walnuts. 
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough balls 2 inches apart on your prepared baking sheet.  
  7. Bake for 9 -10 minutes or until the outside of the cookie starts to turn a light golden brown. 
  8. Remove from sheet immediately and transfer to a cooling rack or waxed paper.
  9. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 135Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 10mgSodium 97mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 1g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies


Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies