Apr 20, 2011
Samantha Angela

Winning Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Tomorrow morning Matt is heading out to Tennessee (UTK) to coach his throwing team in a Track and Field meet. (Any Tennesseans in the house?)

Despite the fact that I’m jealous that he’ll be enjoying the Smoky Mountains and the 80*F weather I still decided to bake him some extra chewy, extra delicious chocolate chip cookies to take on the very long drive down south.

I’ve been dying to make the recipe for Erika’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that the Top Chef Just Desserts judges raved about in episode 3.

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And they’re worth raving about. I think this is my new Go-To Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

The recipe on the Bravo website isn’t very specific, so here’s my version:

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Chunky Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie

(makes 18-24 depending on how much cookie dough you eat)

  • ¾ c sugar
  • ¾ c dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ lb salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ c AP flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c chopped hazelnuts

If you don’t own a mixer: melt the butter and allow to cool. Beat the butter and sugars together with a whisk . Whisk in the vanilla, eggs (one at a time), and the baking soda.

If you do own a mixer: use room temperature butter and beat it in the mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until smooth. Add the sugars and cream them together with the butter, running the mixer for 2-3 minutes at medium speed. Beat in the vanilla, eggs (one at a time), and the baking soda.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the baking powder and flour (Note: For the most accurate measurement of the flour, lightly spoon it from the container into the measuring cup and level off the flour even with the top edge of the measuring cup using the back of a knife. Don’t use the measuring cup to scoop the flour out of the container.)

Mix till incorporated – the dough will be wet and sticky—then add the hazelnuts and chocolate chips just until mixed.

Scoop cookie dough and form into a ball about the size of a golf ball. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and press down on the balls slightly with your fingers.

Bake at 350*F for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. The cookies should still be very soft and look underbaked. Let them cool on a rack before eating.

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Bikini Eating:

Nothing but leftovers today. I’m slowly eating my way through the fridge.

1618 cal: 44% fat/ 47% carbs/ 9% protein

I made a soy latte AGAIN for breakfast today! I’m on a roll.

Bikini Fitness:

In spite of getting a blister the size of Tokyo on my baby toe that almost made we cop out early, I still finished 8 miles today (dreadmill. the weather was not in my favour). Hell yeah!

I think the combination of caffeine, a new music playlist, and all my training kept me going at lightning speed (…Because lightning travels at 6.2 miles per hour right? No? Excuse me, it’s been a while since I’ve taken a science class.)

(Training Schedule)

Bikini Confidence:

My body is pretty damn awesome because I can run 8 miles and not even consider that a long run :)

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  • That’s awesome! Running 8 miles on the tready seems like pure torture to me! Congrats!

  • Oh, wow, I really want those cookies!!! :)

  • My goal this year is to run 1 mile. I can run for, uh, two minutes. Provided my shitty lungs hold up.

  • One of my goals is to be able to run at least 1 hour for my regular runs, and for that to seem normal and healthy. Right now I’m up to a half hour, and am slowly making progress. It’s really inspiring to read how an 8 mile run doesn’t even feel like a long run for you.

  • That is pretty cool. I definitely consider 8 miles a long run!

  • 8 miles is definitely a long run! Awesome job!!!

  • These cookies look scrumptious and beautiful! I’ll have to add these to my cookie collection, leaving out the nuts unfortunately, but they look like they’d be great without them.

    Running good, yes, yes, I’m all about the cookies!!

  • Wow 8 miles is definitely badass. I don’t even run one lol :( And those cookies look amazing!! Yumm :D

  • Mmm, those look like some ultimate cookies.

  • These are thick and chewy exactly the way I love them.

  • I would love to work up my mileage so that a 6 – 8 mile run is no big thing.

    And it is amazing you did it on a treadmill – I need a 3-ring circus going on to keep my mind of the fact that I am on a treadmill :-)

  • You’re a good woman to bake cookies for your man when he’s taking off. Those look great (love the hazelnuts). We were in TN earlier this month, in the Smokey Mountains, how beautiful. As for the run, glad you’ve adopted “dreadmill” but it didn’t bring you down. Eight on there is a feat, be proud. I’m off for 10 today. We’ll see. Let’s see if my coffee will make me super fast like you.

  • those are some winning cookies…

    and 8 miles! damn girl. Im starting the couch to 5k next week, lol.

  • I love chewy chocolate chip cookies, and I can only imagine how delicious adding hazelnuts is :) PS: I have a fun giveaway going on right now…stop by and check it out!

  • Nice job with 8 miles! You’re 100% right to be proud of your body for being strong and healthy. I admit I have fallen out of shape over the past few months, but I do feel the urge to run outside now that the weather has gotten better. Gotta give in to that urge, yes? :)

    Your cookies look delicious, Samantha! What a nice gal you are to make them for Matt’s trip. Have a fabulous Easter weekend!

  • Thanks for the tip and the recipe. I’ll give these a go next time I bake cookies!

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