September 3, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a soft spot for cookies. When I was little my mom didn't buy junk food. She baked and cooked all the time, but when we went to the grocery store the packages of cookies stayed on the shelf. So when I went to friends houses for slumber parties, I would eat whole packages of cookies. Then I would stay up all night from all the sugar, but it was well worth it. In college they sold cookies almost the size of my head in the student center and I bought them almost everyday. What I wouldn't do to still have that metabolism. My two kids are also little cookie monsters. They have been known to eat 2 dozen cookies in one afternoon. Since cookies aren't the best food for you, I love finding recipes that make cookies a little healthier. A couple of months back I made a new recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies from Betty Crocker, which looked delicious and a healthier version of a family favorite.

This recipe has 9 ingredients. It takes 40 minutes of total time, 30 minutes of which is prep and makes 36 servings. All the ingredients are basic and I made no modifications. I did chose to use King Arthur's Flour instead of the brand recommended in the recipe. I love King Arthur's Flour for baking, especially bread and cookies and it is the only brand of wheat flour that I use. As I always do I used organic eggs and butter. I baked my cookies on parchment paper, it makes cookies perfectly cooked and they never stick. Halfway through the baking time I rotated the pan. This prevents burning and ensures even cooking. Watch the cooking times carefully, my cookies were done in exactly 8 minutes. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

These cookies were good enough that my two boys didn't notice they were made with whole-wheat flour. They were nice and crisp and had an almost nutty flavor from the whole wheat flour. I like that they use whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose. It's a great way to include more fiber and whole-grains in a way that my kids didn't notice. Overall, a kid friendly recipe that tastes just as delicious as cookies made with white flour.

For the recipe go to Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.
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