Spiced chocolate chunk walnut cookies

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I’ve been making these cookies for Barrak at Christmastime since we lived in Clintonville, just the two of us. Barrak declares these ‘the best cookie recipe ever.’ They’re kind of a man’s cookie, like winter lager is a man’s beer. The cinnamon and ginger add warmth and spice, and make them seem Christmasy. You shape them into chunky balls and roll them in powdered sugar, which turns into light icing in the oven. If you’re like me, you’ll want to eat these by a roaring fire in a posh ski lodge wearing thick socks.

These are the cookies we’ll leave for Santa in a couple days.

Click here for the recipe. One change I make: toasted pecans instead of walnuts.

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My recipe is well-worn and stained with vanilla extract.

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