There are some things in my kitchen I try to never run out of:  Eggs, butter and chocolate.  I guess it had to happen sometime though…  I was in the middle of mixing up “I Love These Chocolate Chip Cookies” and… GASP!  I was horrified to find that there was not even one small chocolate chip in our entire house!

I checked ALL my secret stash places for chocolate… inside our big stainless steel soup pot (securely covered with a lid), inside an empty tea tin labeled “Smoked Liver Tea” (trust me, no one EVER looks there) and behind the silverware caddy, but alas; no chocolate chips were anywhere.  How could I make Chocolate Chip Cookies without any chocolate chips?!  That was when panic set in.

Feeling quite alarmed, I started searching for chocolate…. ANY chocolate… and that’s when inspiration came.  I vaguely remembered something… didn’t I hide a dark chocolate bar behind the dried prunes, figs, dates and raisins?  Ah-ha!  “There you are!” One half of a chocolate bar!  “Oh my little beauty!”  I gave the remnant of the chocolate bar a kiss.  YES!

I broke up the chocolate bar on top of the cookie batter, but it looked sad and lonely; so I added raisins.  Ahh… that looked better.  But something was missing…  Hmmm… toasted walnuts could make these cookies SING and DANCE.  I added a handful of Perfect Toasted Walnuts, stirred everything together, spooned the dough on the prepared pan and threw them in the oven.

When I pulled the cookies out of the oven they looked luscious. The addition of the walnuts made them quite a bit thicker.  Impatiently I waited for the cookies to cool, ever so curious about the texture.  Finally it was time to try one.  

Oh my gosh!  WOW!  These gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies were DELICIOUS!  I wasn’t originally sure about adding raisins since I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to chocolate, but I do love Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins so I figured the cookies would be quite good.  However, I wasn’t prepared for the blast of flavor from the combo of the buttery, chewy-crunchy cookie, the dark chocolate chunks, toasted walnuts and raisins.  Well all I can say is, these cookies are ADDICTIVE! 

Chocolate CHUNK Cookies

Ingredients and Directions:
Make “I Love These Chocolate Chip Cookies”  as directed, but instead of adding chocolate chips, stir in:

3 – 4 oz. dark chocolate broken into chunks (or use semi-sweet chocolate chunks)
1/3 – 1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup, coarsely chopped Perfect Toasted Walnuts


 Enjoy~ Make it a Happy Chunky Chocolate Day!  

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