Kim Boyce said something in her book Good to the Grain: “As I focused on the individual flavors of the various flours, I began to appreciate what was unique about them. I soon found that I enjoyed baking with them.” She uses whole wheat flour ONLY in this cookie recipe, and makes it taste amazing. I like the nutty taste of whole wheat, and have found that the white flour dough in chocolate chip cookies gets a bit bland after the first or second day. The whole wheat in this recipe definitely makes this chocolate chip cookie recipe my favorite ! !
This chocolate chip cookie is pretty awesome…I added what I learned from Stella, and added nutmeg to bring out the butteryness. Both bakers add baking powder as well, and chopped their own chocolate, which I did.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Bravetart and Kim Boyce
-3 c. whole wheat flour
-1 t. baking powder
-1 t. baking soda
-1.5 t. kosher salt
-1/2 t. ground nutmeg, freshly ground if you can
-2 sticks / 1 cup butter,
-1 cup dark brown sugar
-1 cup sugar
-2 t. vanilla extract
-8 – 12 oz (however much you want) bittersweet chocolate (I love the results I get with the 72% Bittersweet Pound Plus (red package) from Trader Joe’s), chopped into chunks and pieces
-1/2 cup to 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts, anyone?)
I’ve rarely used a mixer for cookies..Just get a wooden spoon and two bowls, and you are set!
1) Mix flour, leavening, salt, and nutmeg together.
2) Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla.
3) Add flour to wet mixture, and mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips (and nuts) to the batter, and combine evenly. Use hands if necessary, to fully incorporate all ingredients.
4) Scoop about 3 T. of cookie dough out for each cookie onto sheet pan lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Leave about 3 inches between the mounds.
5) Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F and bake until cookies are evenly brown. Remove the sheet pans out from underneath the parchment//Silpat, and allow cookies to cool on the counter or on wire racks.