While having lunch at Michael's in Mountain View, Ayisha explained how her favorite cookie is "a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips, but with lots of walnuts". So, that's how today's cookie came about-I took my chocolate chip cookie recipe, subtracted the chocolate chips, added lots of chopped walnuts and topped each cookie with a half a walnut. The smile on Ayisha's face reflects what she thinks of the cookies.
Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks)butter, softened, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, 24 walnuts, cut in half.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar, add in both sugars and mix well. Drop in eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt over mixture, then combine completely. By hand, mix in chopped walnuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. Place a half a walnut on top of each cookie and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8-9 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute or two before transfering to cooling racks.
Makes about 4 dozen nutty bites.