Saturday, November 06, 2010

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today is a typical gray Oregon day, and I planned to spend it cleaning the bathroom, baking a pumpkin cheesecake for next week's Heavenly Cakes (free cake week!), and making some Pumpkin-Gorgonzola flans for next week's French Fridays with Dorie. It is pumpkin time, and I'm still going through last year's canned pumpkin spree.

However, running through my blog feed this afternoon, I discovered Molly over at Orangette had a new post. After reading, Saturday's plans needed to change. She had me at digestive biscuit. I was powerless to resist. The bathroom can be cleaned tomorrow.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 06, 2010
Name of Cookie: Forget the pumpkin, gimme the cookie
Occasion: Trying to avoid cleaning the bathroom
Constituents: Chocolate chip cookie, made with whole wheat flour

This is a super easy cookie to make. Dry ingredients are whisked together in a bowl. The butter, which should be cold, is cut into 1/2 inch cubes and creamed with white sugar and dark muscovado. (I actually pulled a RLB move and draped the mixer in plastic wrap--sugar and butter flew everywhere, on low speed!) Two eggs are added, one at a time, then vanilla. The flour is dumped in (cover the mixer!) and mixed until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. And, bake.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe suggests balls of dough about 3 tablespoons big. I'm sure there's a handy ice cream scoop perfect for the job, but lacking that I weighed out a 3 tbsp ball--66 grams--and went from there. I got 18 cookies which I fit onto two cookie sheets.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me tell you, these aren't dry and depressing like people think whole wheat baked goodies can be. They are moist, and chewy. The dark muscovado brings a round molasses note, which complements the earthy sweetness of the whole wheat. Of course, every melty chocolate chip is a delight. I am so glad I took a detour this afternoon. However, someone get these cookies out of my kitchen!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

On a side note, I think I am going to need to start my blog projects in the morning, as the days are dark and the sun is going down progressively earlier. It is 5:43 pm and I've lost my light!

Find the recipe at Orangette, or in Kim Boyce's book Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours.

11 comments:

  1. They look delicious! Finding a good whole wheat cookie recipe is gold, especially as it involves chocolate.

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  2. I'm suspicious of things made with whole wheat flour, but I'll take your word on these. Did you use white whole wheat or regular?

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  3. Vicki, these are whole wheat gold!

    BBC, I used regular whole wheat, but Molly said her batch made with white whole wheat were the digestive-tasting batch. These, upon reflection, taste a lot like oatmeal choc chip cookies.

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  4. I love chocolate chip cookies. I probably would do a planning detour off the cleaning events to bake these, too! I am always willing to try out a new CCC recipe.
    They look very come hither.
    I had to laugh at the digestive biscuit part! Is it time to resupply?

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  5. Hi,

    I am new here and also interested of starting to love cooking.

    I would love to learn from you. I hope you will provide more tips and procedures on how to cook deserts and other recipes.

    Sherryl

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  6. Nice, I saw that recipe and was totally going to make it this week. And didn't, naturally, but it's on the menu for this week. I'm glad to have a second opinion that it is good!

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  7. I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, so I would probably love these. But, I want to try the style that tastes like Digestives, which I also love!!

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  8. Melinda, That's funny, come hither is kind of how Molly described them too! I have discovered a store that carries McVitie's digestive biscuits, but I purposely make myself forget which store, since I would buy them all the time. They are some of the best things on the planet.

    WFCT, hi Sherryl. Thanks for the kind words! I hope you'll find my blog useful.

    Amanda, HELLO is that your brand new baby? Adorable! and congratulations! I did love these cookies, I hope you do too.

    J-Dog, I want to try them with the whole wheat white flour too, because if we can make our own digestives, we can rule the world!

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  9. Yes, little baby Ila arrived two weeks ago yesterday! It's hard to find computer time or baking time now. The cookies are still on the menu...maybe next week! :)

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  10. Oh, and you can check out the cutest baby pics ever, btw: http://www.leahremilletblog.com/?p=1462

    :)

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  11. Amanda, she is the cutest baby EVER! Thanks for sharing the link, and I hope you are enjoying your brand new gorgeous baby. Yay for babies!!

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