Another recipe from Pinehurst Inn Bed & Breakfast in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
If you like Chunky candy bars, you will love these cookies. I was always a fan of Chunkies, even though I was not a fan of nuts, I think it was the raisins. In the last few years, I have learned to really enjoy nuts and I find myself incorporating them more and more in my cooking and baking. In trying to capture the Chunky bar in a cookie, I started with a triple chocolate cookie recipe, but soon learned that the chocolate was just too overpowering such that the flavor of the raisins and nuts was lost. I went through several batches that just did not accomplish what I was looking for. I then started playing around with a less intense chocolate cookie dough, then adding chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts, until I found the flavor and texture I was looking for. In the cookies pictured, I used candied walnuts as we had some left over from the walnut, pear, bleu cheese salad (one of my favorite salads) we enjoyed the other day. Using candied walnuts gives the cookies more depth of flavor. You do not need to use candied walnuts in this recipe, toasted walnuts will work and be delicious.
Thank you for checking out this recipe. We hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do and that they help you travel down memory lane when Chunky candy bars were displayed prominently at the grocery store check out lane. I think it is time for some cookies and milk–YUM!
Becky (and Mike)