Typically, I am a regular ol’ chocolate chip cookie girl. I began making chocolate chip cookies when I was about eight years old, and made them almost daily in the summer when we had hired hands helping us on the farm. I can make chocolate chip cookies in my sleep. I don’t have to even think about the ingredients or the measurements while I make chocolate chips cookies. And shucks, if I do say so myself, my chocolate chips cookies taste pretty good.
Lately though, my boys have been asking for something a little different. What!? They don’t want the same chocolate chip cookie over and over and over? C’mon. Change is hard for me. And if I really care to admit it – thinking is often hard for me as well. I’d rather make something that is a no-brainer, thank you very much. Don’t they understand?
Okay, fine. A change of pace in the cookie department every now and then is nice. Which is why I played with a chocolate cookie recipe to make it healthier. We all loved the way it turned out. And if you throw some homemade white chocolate chips in these, you’ve got a fantastic “healthy-ish” cookie.
By the way, if you don’t feel like taking the time to make homemade white chocolate chips, I completely understand. Just know that regular store bought white chips typically have hydrogenated oils and corn syrup in them, which I recommend avoiding if at all possible. I did find some healthier white chips at Whole Foods a few months ago that were “clean”, and I noticed that VitaCost and Amazon had some too – so hey, all is not lost!
Whole Wheat Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (butter would also work)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground flour from hard white wheat.)
1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
Whip together eggs, cocoa, and sucanat. Stir in melted coconut oil, baking powder, and vanilla. Mix in flour until a nice dough has formed. Fold in white chocolate chips. Spoon teaspoon sized balls of dough on to a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350° for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for about five minutes before removing. Makes about 24 cookies.
The dough just looked too yummy, so I had to take a picture. Kind of makes you want to reach into the computer with a spoon, doesn’t it?
These cookies are soft, sweet, and slightly coconutty if you use virgin coconut oil. (Use expeller pressed coconut oil of you don’t prefer a coconut flavor.)
What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Do you ever get into a cookie rut?