There’s nothing better than food to bring two people together. And baked goods, have an extra added bonus of sweetness. That’s certainly the case in Claim Me, Cowboy and this exchange between Ty Warren and Summer Nichols. These chunky walnut chocolate chip cookies help to get them talking again!
She put her hands on her hips. “I’ll ignore that, Ty. Because you have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Maybe not. Or just maybe his philandering father made a move on her after Ty’s one-time best friend, passed on. It wouldn’t be out of character for him to pursue a beautiful woman, a lovely, lonely widow. Hell, sounded like something straight out of a soap opera.
“You gonna frown at me all day, or offer me one of those cookies?”
Her lips quirked a bit. “Still have a sweet tooth?”
“Some things never change.”
She put some cooling cookies onto a dish and set it in front of him. “Who’re they for anyway?” he asked, plucking one up from the plate.
“My folks. I was going over for a visit today.”
He said nothing. The Simmons family didn’t have a spare sentiment for him.
She poured him a glass of milk and he looked up at her closed off expression. “Don’t let me keep you.”
“I’ll go… as soon as you finish up here.”
He sunk his teeth into the cookie. Sheer heaven, warm and soft and delicious. He had a taste for sweet things. Summer had been the sweetest girl he’d ever met and the irony of sitting here in the kitchen with her, tasting her baking and breathing in the vanilla scent of her, wasn’t lost on him.
Chunky Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chip
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Adjust oven rack to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar for 1 minute. Whisk in egg, yolk, and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Scoop out dough in 1/4 cup measurements and drop onto baking sheet. Bake until just golden on the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.
Photo credit to Carrie Vasios