Sunday, September 18, 2011

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you have already heard just how excited I am about these cookies. I decided months ago that I wanted a traditional chocolate chip cookie made with 100% whole wheat. Somehow that wasn't nearly as easy as I thought it might be. After watching several batches of cookies flatten out and either fall apart or become way too crispy for my liking, I put the idea aside for a little while.

This past weekend, I decided to try again and these cookies delivered all of my wishes. Soft and chewy, (even after a few days! and yes, it was hard to make a few of them last that long just to see how they would taste), with the perfect amount of chocolate and not-too-sweet cookie, this is going to be a new favorite. They don't taste overly "wheat-y" but there is a distinct whole grain flavor. I love it. They taste different from the traditional chocolate chip cookie, but in a good way.

* This dough freezes well and the finished cookies froze beautifully too.

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 3-4 dozen, depending on size
(printable recipe)

1/2 cup butter, barely softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, I used freshly ground hard white wheat
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder, cornstarch works too (this contributes to the soft and chewy texture of this cookie)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugars and beat for at least 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and almost fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Using a small or medium size scoop, place the dough on a large baking sheet lined with a silpat mat. Bake for 8 minutes, until just barely browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the still soft cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Enjoy!

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

23 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the nutty flavor that whole wheat adds, so I can only imagine how good these must taste! Kudos to you for perfecting the recipe, you can never go wrong with chocolate chip!

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  2. Those look fantastic! I've tried whole wheat before and they didn't turn out. I suspect it was because it wasn't whole White wheat...These I will have to try!! YAY!! Happy Sunday ~Megan

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  3. These look lovely! So happy you finally perfected them. So where are mine???

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  4. I never thought about adding cornstarch to my cookie batter. Good thing it's getting cold outside b/c now I can start baking and experimenting with different ingredients.

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  5. What an amazing recipe! I often add whole wheat flour into my recipes, but I've never tried with chocolate chip cookies. Great solution!

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  7. Those look so good and turned out looking so nice. I too use whole wheat flour. My cakes never seem to turn out as well as using the white flour.

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  8. I am so excited about this cookie---I love the concept. I'm so glad you kept trying, I wouldn't have had the patience.
    P.S. I linked to your blog today...I was inspired by your homemade tortillas.

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  9. I also mostly use wheatflour or spelt.Taste is just so much betetr.Great cookies;))

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  10. I love chocolate chip cookies!!! The wholewheat flour ought to justify multiple servings of this! ;p

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  11. Mmmm! I try to make mine with all whole wheat and they always flatten too! I'm going to have to give these a try! Thanks for the recipe!
    Jo-Anna

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  12. These cookies look delicious. I have never tried chocolate chip cookies with whole, after seeing these cookies I think I will have to try them.

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  13. Thanks for doing all of the recipe testing to finally get to this delicious looking result :) I can't wait to try this recipe!

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  14. Love the idea of replacing plain flour with wholemeal flour for these cookies. That's a great way to make all these yummy treats more guilt-free to enjoy.

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  15. This looks insanely delicious!!! I've always wanted to try making a dish like this. Now I know how. Thank you!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhatsfordinner.com

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  16. Just wanted to tell you I made these tonight and I.LOVE.THEM!

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  17. I'm thrilled that you love them, Allison! I love hearing when people have tried my recipes. Thanks!

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  18. I can tell just by looking at these that I would like them. After the success of doing half whole wheat in CC cookies I think my next batch will be all whole wheat - I will try these and let you know when I do:-). I honestly think that the whole wheat flavor is actually better than the AP flavor. Maybe the wheat counteracts some of the sugar and adds some depth? Not sure, but I am really liking it and that is a good thing!

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  19. how many does this make?

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    1. The recipe makes about 4 dozen small/medium size cookies. Happy Baking!

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    2. These were delicious!! A great, healthy recipe! Thank you!

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    3. I am thrilled that you liked them!

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  20. I baked these cookies during last week's east coast snow storm! They are fantastic and have just the right balance of flavor. My only question is how might I get them to spread a bit more? I did use crisco baking sticks instead of butter, so that may contribute. Either way, they're awesome!

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