Chocolate Walnut Cookies are an easy and delicious recipe for chewy and soft cookies made with cocoa powder, walnuts, and chocolate chips. These come together fast and are so delicious. 

Chocolate Walnut Cookies on a white plate with a striped napkin in the background.

If you love walnuts and chocolate, you have to give these Chocolate Walnut Cookies a try. They are the perfect flavor combination and get an intense chocolate flavor thanks to the espresso powder. 

For more cookies with espresso powder, try these Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Chocolate Espresso Cookies. And for a unique cookie to bring to your next get together, don’t miss these Italian Wedding Cookies, Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies, or Sicilian Almond Cookies

You’ll Love Chocolate Walnut Cookies!

Chocolate Walnut Cookies are a delicious double chocolate cookie with crunchy walnuts and so much flavor. They are sure to be one of you favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. 

What makes these cookies so special is the combination of chopped walnuts, chocolate, and the espresso powder. The espresso powder makes them extra rich and flavorful without adding any coffee flavor. 

This is a great recipe to have on hand for the holidays or whenever you are craving rich chocolate chewy cookies. They are the only chocolate chip walnut cookies recipe you need. 

Chocolate Walnut Cookies on a checkered napkin.

I like to make these just to have a tasty treat on hand for the week. They stay perfectly fresh and chewy for days and are perfect with a cup of coffee or milk. 

So, if you love the flavor combination of chocolate and walnuts, be sure to give these Chocolate Walnut Cookies a try. You’re going to love them! 

Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe including cocoa powder, flour, egg, and brown sugar.
  • Flour: use regular all purpose flour for this recipe. Weigh the flour for more accurate measurement. 
  • Cocoa Powder: I prefer to use the unsweetened Hershey’s brand cocoa powder when I’m making cookies. 
  • Espresso Powder: a little bit of instant espresso powder helps to intensify the chocolate flavors in the cookie. Feel free to omit it if you don’t have it. 
  • Butter: use room temperature unsalted butter. 
  • Brown Sugar: brown sugar helps to make the cookie soft and chewy. You can substitute dark brown sugar or white sugar in a pinch. 
  • Egg: you will need one large egg for this recipe to help bind the ingredients.
  • Vanilla: use a bit of pure vanilla extract to help bring out the flavors. 
  • Chocolate Chips: I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips here. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips work too. 
  • Walnuts: you will need chopped walnuts. You can buy them pre-chopped or chop them yourself with a knife on a cutting board. 
  • Baking Soda: make sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder. 
  • Salt: add a little bit of kosher salt to help flavor the cookies. If using salted butter, omit the extra salt in the recipe. 

How to Make Chocolate Walnut Cookies

This recipe for Chocolate Walnut Cookies will make about two dozen cookies. Start by preheating your oven and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick mat; set aside. 

Process shots for recipe including batter in a glass bowl and dough rolled into balls on a baking sheet.

Step 1: mix dry ingredients

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt until well combined; set aside. 

Step 2: mix wet ingredients

Next, in a large bowl, use a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed to beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. You want to get the graininess of the brown sugar incorporated into the butter well. 

Then, mix in the egg and vanilla until just combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed with the electric mixer just until the cookie batter just comes together. 

Step 3: add in the chocolate chips and walnuts

To the batter, add in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Use a rubber spatula to mix the ingredients all together. 

Step 4: scoop and bake

Lastly, use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out dough balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheets and top with more chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (optional). 

Bake on the center rack in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the sides just start to set. (You may have to adjust baking time depending on your oven). Be careful not to over bake. 

Chocolate walnut cookies on a white plate with a striped napkin underneath.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

You are going to love the chewy texture and gooey center of these delicious and simple cookies. Serve with a cold glass of milk for the ultimate treat!

Recipe Tips

  • The espresso powder helps to intensify the chocolate flavor in these Chocolate Walnut Cookies without adding a coffee taste. 
  • Beating together the butter and brown sugar will give the cookies a chewier and lighter texture. 
  • You can add additional chocolate chips and walnuts to the top of the cookies before baking for a pretty finish. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze in an airtight container for up to a month. 
Chocolate Walnut Cookies with chocolate chips and walnuts on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I toast walnuts before using them in baking? 

Toasting walnuts before using them in baking cookies is optional but recommended for an enhanced flavor. Simply spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until they turn lightly golden and fragrant. Allow them to cool before adding them to your cookie dough for the best results.

What is the best cocoa powder for baking cookies? 

Natural unsweetened or Dutch-processed cocoa powder are the best options when making cookies. For these Chocolate Walnut Cookies, I recommend using a natural unsweetened cocoa powder like Hershey’s. 

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Chocolate Walnut Cookies recipe.

Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Walnut Cookies are a fudge-like cookie made with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts. Sprinkle on extra chocolate chips and walnut pieces before baking for a pretty finish.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories: 131kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (135 grams)
  • cup cocoa powder (like Hershey's)
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick mat; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder (if using), baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix together the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about a 90 seconds. Mix in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Use a cookie scoop to measure out batter and place on baking sheet leaving about two inches between each cookie. Top each cookie with additional chocolate chips and walnut pieces (optional).
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the sides of the cookie are just set (be careful no to over bake). Remove and let cool on baking sheet for five minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • The espresso powder helps to intensify the chocolate flavor in these Chocolate Walnut Cookies without adding a coffee taste. 
  • Beating together the butter and brown sugar will give the cookies a chewier and lighter texture. 
  • You can add additional chocolate chips and walnuts to the top of the cookies before baking for a pretty finish. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze in an airtight container for up to a month. 

 

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were phenomenal and so easy. Used gluten free flour and let them sit 30 minutes before baking. You couldn’t tell they were gluten free. Everyone loved them!!

  2. 5 stars
    I made a batch of these cookies this afternoon and PMG are they good! Might just be my new favorite cookie recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    So good! And since it has coffee in it, it’s officially breakfast. Will be eating these dipped in milk as a morning treat 😊

  4. 5 stars
    Love this Chocolate Walnut Cookies recipe, looks delicious and easy to make. My son loves cookies, will make it for the fam. Thanks for sharing 🙂