My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Summer time is for cookies. Actually anytime is cookie time. I love baking cookies. I love creating new cookie recipes. Cookies can be healthy or not. I love healthy cookies that do not taste healthy. That is the trick really, creating fun foods that are good for us. Here are some tips to alter the flour and/or sugar in your favorite recipe to add some nutrition.
If I am going to make a white flour recipe I only use good quality white flour. Is there such a thing? Yes indeed there is. Quality white flour is flour that is chemical free and bromine free. Bromines are toxic chemicals that attach the immune system and the thyroid glands. There are a few brands that I recommend.
- King Arthur’s All Purpose
- Wheat Montana’s Natural White
- Bob’s Red Mill
- Honeyville Artisan
- Chef Brads Grains
I love WonderFlour cookies. WonderFlour is my all purpose whole grain, wheat free blend. I use it most often when baking cookies. WonderFlour is now available at Chef Brad’s Grains for purchase. It is amazing and makes the best cookies ever.
It’s very simple to use. Take your favorite cookie recipe and replace the flour with WonderFlour. Cup for cup, it works perfectly. Sometimes, I use half and half. Half WonderFlour and half clean white flour.
Sugar is an issue also when trying to create good cookies. Agave is a great substitute, but it makes cookies with a cake like texture. So I will use agave for cookies like pumpkin or raisin. For crispy cookies I never use agave.
Coconut sugar is another great sugar to use. Coconut sugar is also good as is agave for diabetics and weight lose. These two sugar don’t convert to fat in the body. Coconut sugar has a nice rich flavor and really adds to the cookies. It can be used completely or as part of the sugar. I often times replace it for brown sugar and depending on my mood I will use it to replace brown and white sugar.
Cookies can become anything we want. I love adding fresh chopped herbs like basil, or rosemary to create great flavors. Adding bacon bits, or cocoa nibs or seeds and nuts really make for great cookies. Toffee and broken candy bars work well also.
So summer time is for cookies. Have fun creating new recipes and new ideas to keep your family happy and wondering what’s next from your kitchen.
Here is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Whether you make it exactly as written or try some of the adjustments I mentioned above, it’s fabulous.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup brown sugar*
1 cup white sugar*
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2-3 cups flour*
3 cups chocolate chips
(*see post for suggested sugar and flour replacements)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine room temperature butter and sugars in mixer.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
- Add baking soda, salt and flour, and mix only until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and mix.
- Scoop on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Chef Brad~America’s Grain Guy