August 28, 2012

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies {Naptime Everyday}

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Naptime Chef

What’s Going on Today: Stocking up for back to school.

Tonight’s Menu: Back to School Eggplant Parmesan, Green Beans with Almonds, Wine (for Dad), Sparkling Water (for me!)

Naptime Goals: Make Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip cookie dough and prepare Eggplant Parmesan.

It’s hard to believe it is back-to-school time again – but it is! I know a lot of people get stressed out thinking of back to school food ideas but I actually find it kind of fun. It gives me a reason to break out old favorites, bake a few loaves of zucchini applesauce bread, and get ready for cold-weather cooking. This year I’ve also been inspired to give my sweets a healthier twist. Part of this is due to me keeping the baby weight gain in check, but part of it is because I’ve come to really love the earthy sweetness of whole wheat flour.

I’ve seen a lot of delicious looking whole wheat cookies around but none that have been quite the texture that I like. To make this version I used my favorite crispy chocolate chip cookie recipe, swapped half the white flour for whole wheat, and replaced semisweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate chips. I love the way dark chocolate chips pair with the darker whole wheat cookie.

While my daughter was recovering from her first sleepover (i.e. napping on the sofa) I whipped up the dough and popped it in the fridge. Then I baked it after she was asleep later that evening. The cookies crisped up as they cooled and by the next morning I had the most amazing cookies on my hands. They were just the right texture, a little crispy on the exterior with a soft center. The dark chocolate chips gave them a more sophisticated flavor than my everyday semisweet variety, though not to much that my daughter didn’t like them. While I don’t pack a lot of sweets in her lunchbox I think one or two of these cookies will be just the thing to welcome her home with after her first week of school.

Recipe

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
ounces dark chocolate, cut into large chunks

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl stir together the flours, salt and baking soda and set aside.

3. In a large mixer cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Then add the eggs, and vanilla and mix well.

4. With the mixer on low add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

5. Place the cookie dough onto lined cookie sheets in heaping tablespoons at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until brown and firm. Cool on a wire rack and serve!

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

For a sweeter twist serve a scoop of ice cream between each cookie!

Naptime Stopwatch

15 minutes prepare time, 15 minutes baking time

Naptime Reviews

Despite the deeper flavor and darker chocolate chips my daughter totally loved these  healthier cookies!

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