I’ve been having a tough time lately. I will spare you the sad, poor-me, pity party, and just say that sometimes life kinda sucks. But, I try to always find the silver lining, and if I can’t find that well, then I start looking for chocolate! Or if it super sucks, I start looking for chocolate chip cookie dough.
And I don’t know about you but I don’t want to make an entire batch of cookies and be a slave to the kitchen for hours on end. I want to be in and out. I also don’t want 3-4 dozen cookies just hanging around my house for the next week or so tempting me to eat them.
The Boy LOVES – I mean, like obsessively LOVES chocolate chip cookies,and has since he was old enough to eat them. I just hate store bought baked goods. They taste gross & heaven knows what’s in them. So I try to make most of the goodies myself … or with The Boy! He did about 75% of the work on these.
I scoured the internet looking for ideas, looked at my own full batch recipe and tried to do the math, but ultimately just gave up and kind of improvised. I love my cookies buttery, soft, fluffy, with lots of chocolate chips and lots of walnuts. So if you do too, here you go!
PS – I am an advocate of eating raw cookie dough no matter what the warnings say. Obviously those people just don’t want to have fun in life. I chowed down at least 2 cookies worth of cookie dough while making these & I’m alive to tell you about it!
Mama Loves Half-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields about a dozen or so (depending on how much cookie dough you eat while making them!)
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 table spoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
TIP: Use your hand mixer for better results – I tried doing it the old fashioned way by hand & quickly plugged my hand mixer in to make quicker work of things.
Preheat Oven to 375*
Cream the butter and sugars at a low-medium speed. Add the egg, mix some more. Add the flour gradually, mixing together. Add the salt & the baking powder. Mix it at a low-medium speed until the dry ingredients are totally mixed in with the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer off & hand stir in the chocolate chips & walnuts.
Use a small kitchen spoon (or a super cute cookie dough scooper) to drop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (makes for easy clean up!)
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven right as the edges of the cookies are turning golden brown. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool for another few minutes.