Easy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies



First, let’s talk about this giraffe plate. It’s amazing, from anthro, and I only asked for the single plate for Christmas because the rest of the set could not keep up with this one so it is all by its lonesome in my cabinets.

Secondly, my nonna, the best cook I know, learned to cook when she got married and moved out. Every night she would call her mother and tell her what she had in the fridge and her mother would tell her how to cook it. I am not married but I have moved out and so I call my nonna for recipes or my mom. This recipe comes from my mom. Neither of us know where it comes from but it’s easy and delicious. Both of us love walnuts in our desserts–our cookies and our brownies–but feel free to leave them out.


Is there anything better than a slightly warm chocolate chip cookie? I don’t think so. When I was younger, I paired these cookies with diet cokes and still when I take a bite of one, I wonder: where is the diet coke? Isn’t it crazy how connected food and memories are? And isn’t it lovely at the same time?

I think my mom secretly loves it when I call her and ask for a recipe. So does my nonna. Even though it’s through facetime or email, it’s still food that is connecting us, just like it connected my nonna with her mother. That’s beautiful. It’s almost as beautiful as a warm chocolate chip cookie with a side of diet coke. Or maybe it is the other way around.



I only enjoyed one of these myself and savored every bite since I am on this healthy eating kick. I gave the rest away to a neighbor and they were so happy. And so the love of continues to transcend.

Easy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I like semi sweet but wouldn't say no to milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter, brown and white sugar until mostly smooth
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Dissolve baking soda in water and then add that to mixture
  6. Stir in flour (in increments)
  7. Then chocolate chips and walnuts
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes


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Nina grew up speaking and eating Italian in the Chicagoland area. She moved to San Francisco for two years and, knowing she was always meant to be a writer, finally decided to share some of that writing with the world through blogging. There you will find her chronicling her adventures and misadventures (and isn't there such loveliness in mistakes and learning and growing?). If you ever go shopping with her, you will often hear her say, "We could totally make that!" Now, she is back in Chicago, with a real kitchen to cook authentic Italian food and other creations and space to do-it-herself. She finds it best to do all these things–writing, cooking, crafting, reading, adventuring–while laughing which is her favorite thing to do.

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