Friday, October 26, 2012

The Best Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

Since I make my own flour, everything we eat is whole wheat. Sometimes it can be a challenge to make desserts like cake, cookies and brownies with whole wheat.  So when I find a good recipe, I love to share it!  This is truly the best whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tasted.  On top of that, these cookies are easy to make.

Here are the ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBS sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I make my own. You can see how to make your own vanilla here.)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat that I grind myself.)
  • 3/4 cup oats (You can use rolled oats but I usually use oat groats that I grind myself.) 
  • 2 cups (or to taste) M&Ms or chocolate chips (sometimes I use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Start with the butter at room temperature.  You can also heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. Beat together the butter, sugars, salt, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla.  I beat mine with a spoon.  No need to get out the beaters or food processor.

Add the egg and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again until smooth. Here is what mine looks like.

Add both the flour and oats, then mix to combine. The texture of the cookies is a bit different if you use rolled oats (vs. oat groats) but it is still good. A dough with rolled oats will spread a bit more when baking.

Add the chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well. These cookies are for a chili cook-off at my church so I added the entire two cups of M&Ms.

Cover and refrigerate until chilled.  You can chill for several hours or overnight. If you used rolled oats, this step is important as it will help the cookies hold together better while baking.  When I use oat groats, sometimes I chill the dough and sometimes I don't. For this batch, I used oat groats and I did not chill the dough.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Take a bite! You won't believe they were made with whole wheat flour!

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