When you need a GREAT cookie: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 31, 2013 in cooking with kids,recipes

Baking with tweensEver biten into a cookie and been disappointed? As a diabetic, when I make room for cookies in my carb counts, they had better be memorable. We eat healthy here, fruits and veggies everyday ( at least 3 servings!). My girls, they know their protein sources and we plan our meals to include all the food groups. Nevermind that my daughter thinks ice cream is a required food group or that somedays (well, at least once a week) we eat mac and cheese for lunch. I try to buy Annie’s when it is on sale to make it more natural. Add some hot dogs and a sideĀ  of apples and carrots and all the food group are represented.

But this post isn’t about nutrition. I have good memories of my mom baking cookies. Not weekly, but once in a while. Warm chocolate chip cookies or banana bread with chocolate chips were favorites. Somehow they always showed up when friends were over. Every mom needs a memorable cookie in her arsenal.

For five years we struggled just to make edible cookies while my daughter was on her gluten-, soy-, and egg- free diet. But those days are gone. I have favorite gluten-free recipes, but only one favorite glutinous cookie recipe. And it is unforgettable. It’s worth eating a meal of only veggies and proteins so I can have 3 cookies at once. I have to chew gum while making this dough or I consume too much of it. And it uses 100% wheat flour, which means it had more fiber. Maybe that makes up for the 3 whole sticks of butter and the 2.5 cups of sugar. Doesn’t really matter, because when you make a cookie that lights up eyes in surprise at the deliciousness, it is still worth making. Don’t let the flat, ordinary appearance of these cookies fool you.

Baking with Tweens

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes about 3 dozen)

3 sticks REAL butter, mostly melted

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp real vanilla

2 eggs

about 3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (more if needed)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

12 oz of chocolate chips, your favorite

1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in large bowl until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl. Add gradually to large bowl while mixing. Add chocolate chips and walnuts. Plop ping pong ball size globs onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-11, until mostly done. If your cookies get too flat, and these do tend to flaten excessively, stick the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes and try again. ButĀ  even flat and broken, these are worth eating.

You get bonus points for baking with your girl (go ahead, let her crack the eggs, my grandma taught me when I was 5). And double bonus points for sharing your memorable cookie recipe with me!

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Tara @ secretsofamomaholic.com August 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

These look great! I only bake using whole wheat as well. Do you think I would be able to substitute the 3 sticks of butter to make them lighter somehow?

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pruningprincesses August 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I am sure you could substitute something but these are so yummy. For me the point of these cookies is that they are melt in your mouth delicious. They are not meant to nutritious, however, if you experiment and find a way to keep the yummy and lessen the calories, I definitely want to know!

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Felicia August 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Mmm, these look so tasty! I can’t save that I’ve ever had a wheat cookie, but there’s a first time for everything. I will have to give this a try!

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Akaleistar August 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Those look great!

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misssrobin August 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

They look and sound delicious. I can almost smell them. Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to give them a try.

Happy Sharefest. Have a lovely weekend.

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Stephanie B. August 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

Is it bad, that I wanted to eat that cookie dough? It looks so yummy!

Saying hi from Sharefest (a day late, I know). And now I want cookies…

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