Monday, September 13, 2010

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies / Cookies integrais com gotas de chocolate

A couple of days ago I was discussing Oscar injustices with the lovely @liliantrigo – it all started with this post – and we came to the conclusion that the year of 1994 was a disaster in the male categories: Ralph Fiennes, magnificent (for a change) in “Schindler’s List” lost to Tommy Lee Jones – just typing this makes me mad already. And Tom Hanks got the award for “Philadelphia” (what a bad movie, my goodness), beating Daniel Day Lewis for the amazing “In the Name of the Father”, Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne.

There’s nothing I can do regarding the people voting for the Oscars, but there is one injustice I can fix: I used to look the other way every time I saw a recipe calling for whole wheat flour – I know, I know, that’s awful. But these cookies have changed my mind – and now I want to make each and every recipe in this book.

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies / Cookies integrais com gotas de chocolate

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies
from Good to the Grain

3 cups (420g) whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks/226g) cold unsalted butter, chopped into 1.25cm (½ in) pieces
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
224g (8oz) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped into 6mm and 1.25cm (¼ and ½ in) pieces

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, pouring back into the bowl of grain or other ingredients that may remain in the sifter.
Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low speed, mix just until the ingredients are blended, 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is combined. Mix in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture at once and blend on low just until the flour is barely combined, about 30 seconds. Add the chocolate chunks at once and mix on low speed just until the chocolate is evenly combined – to avoid overmixing the dough, finish incorporating the ingredients with your hands.
Scoop mounds of dough about 3 tablespoons in size onto prepared baking sheets, 7.5cm (3 in) apart*. Bake the cookies for 12-16 minutes or until they are evenly dark brown. Transfer the cookies, still on the baking paper, to the counter to cool.
Cookies are best the day they are made but will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

*I halved the recipe above, used 1 leveled tablespoon of dough per cookie (I don’t like very large cookies), placing them on the sheets 5cm (2in) apart and got 36 cookies

Makes 20


Priya Suresh said...

Wat an elegant and droolworthy cookies.

M. said...

I see you got a hold of my favorite stripey straws, aren't those adorable?
and those cookies just look divine, nice styling and recipe :)

Torviewtoronto said...

whole wheat healthy cookies

Bakericious said...

this is a much healthier and yet delicious looking cookies.

Begoña said...

These look perfect! So yummy, I love wholewheat food. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This must be a good day! First, I came across brownies using olive oil, and now, wholewheat cookies! I'm a fan of the nutty hearty taste of wholewheat, so you can definitely count me as a fan of these cookies ;)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

These look great, Patricia! I was just flipping through that book at the store and drooling over Quentin Bacon's stunning photos.

The Urban Baker said...

I recently made something similar and added oats! These, like always, look delicious and perfectly, perfect! Love the white vessel!

Anonymous said...

thsi really looks delicious...and we have the bonus of healthier as well. And who said that "healthy foods" are boring and can't make beautiful it!

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said...

Wholewheat goodness :) These look yummy! I need to buy good to the grain.
btw, i loved fargo! I have never seen "in the name of the father", but I agree that Liam Neeson was brilliant.
Heidi xo

Patricia Scarpin said...

Priya, thank you!

M., they are adorable! I have them in red, too. :D
Thank you, sweetie - coming from you that is quite a compliment!

Torview..., very healthy! :D

Jess, that way we can have more cookies. :D

Begoña, thank you for stopping by!

Hi, sweetie! I have seen a recipe for olive oil brownies too and cannot wait to try it! I wish I could share these cookies with you!

Xiaolu, thank you! That book is full of stunning photos, you're right!

Susan, yum! I have got to try adding oats too, love them! Great idea, sweetie!

Ronelle, thank you! You are just too sweet. :D

Heidi, everyone in "Schindler's List" was amazing. :D
Thank you, dearie!

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo I love that these are totally whole wheat! A lot of recipes say "whole wheat ____" but only use a small fraction of whole wheat and the rest all purpose flour.

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