Thursday, October 21, 2010

Real Chocolate Chip Cookies

M has been begging me for chocolate chip cookies.  I had not found a good real food recipe yet, so I didn't have one on hand when he asked.  I spent some time perusing Teh Interwebz for a good recipe to modify, but nothing really spoke to me.  Then I remembered that my sister T has a good recipe in the Martha Stewart Cookies book that I had made before.  So I tracked that one down, modified it with real food and it turned out beautifully!

I haven't been making much food in the past several days, since developing a nasty cold given to me lovingly by my boys.  It was nice to mix up some cookie dough and make the house smell warm and homey while knowing that the next morning my little M would wake up to cookies for breakfast.  I didn't worry about the fact that they were eating cookies for breakfast, and here's why:

  • grass-fed butter is good for you

  • palm shortening is good for you

  • sprouted whole grain flour is good for you

  • sea salt is good for you

  • pastured eggs are good for you

  • rapadura is good for you (in small amounts, not at every meal)

  • cacao nibs are good for you

  • I made these cookies, and they were not only good for my kids, but tasted pretty good too.  The recipe yields a flatter, chewy cookie.  The rapadura and homemade vanilla give a nice earthy, carmel flavor.  The cacao nibs give a nice chocolatey crunch.  Enjoy it with glass of crisp, clean raw milk and afternoon snacktime is a big hit.

    This recipe makes quite a bit of dough.  Feel free to freeze half the dough in logs wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a freezer bag.  That's what I did.

    Real Chocolate Chip Cookies
    2 sticks (1 cup) grass-fed butter (I used Kerrygold)
    1 cup palm shortening* (I used Tropical Traditions, it's made by non-exploited workers)
    3 cups rapadura, or other whole sweetener* (I used Rapunzel I bought from Azure Standard)
    4 large eggs (I used duck eggs.  Yes, duck eggs!)
    3 1/2 cups sprouted whole grain flour (I used soft white wheat berries)
    1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (I used Celtic Sea Salt)
    2 teaspoons baking soda (I used aluminum-free from Food Wise)
    1 1/2 cups cacao nibs (I bought these in bulk at Whole Foods)

    1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In a stand mixer, cream butter and palm shortening until creamy.  Add rapadura and cream together until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  
    2.  Into a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda.  Whisk with a wire whisk to remove lumps and sift ingredients together.  Add to wet ingredients in stand mixer slowly.  Mix until combined.  Fold in cacao nibs.
    3.  Drop by large spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) either with a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop.  Space at least 2 inches apart to give them room to spread.  Bake two cookie sheets at a time with racks placed in the upper and lower thirds of your oven.
    4.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden.  Remove from cookie sheets and let cool on cooling racks.

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