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The BEST whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

As promised, I’m passing along my favorite recipe for 100% whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. These cookies whip up quickly, but if you have the time, it’s fun to grind the wheat berries with your kids and then make the cookies. Of course, you can always get your whole wheat flour at the store. I’m thrilled that you can now find King Arthur flour everywhere. It used to be that you had to order it, now I can find it at my local grocers. Yeah.

A couple notes, these cookies are great warm, but I find they’re better on day #2–they get chewier. I’ve included this recipe from King Arthur below, with one omission–vanilla extract. Lately, I’ve been avoiding using it, or substituting almond extract for a little extra pizzazz. Here you don’t need it–the chocolate, honey and whole wheat offer plenty of flavor on their own.

Recipe

Ingredients

Prep time: 15 minutes

Servings: About 2 dozen

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons honey

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (opt.)

1/4 cup dried tart cherries (opt.)

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, cocoa powder or black onyx powder (opt.)

1/2 tablespoon ground flax

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugars, honey, espresso powder (if you’re using it), and salt. Once that’s combined, add in the egg, vinegar, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Stir in the flour and then the chocolate chips.
  3. I always refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350.
  5. Lightly coat your cookie pan with baking spray.
  6. Make cookie balls in your hands that are about the same amount as a tablespoon.
  7. Bake the cookies for 7 to 10 minutes or just until lightly browned.
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Thank You Costco Taster People–Flax Topped Yogurt

Photo credit: noramunro

Thanks to the folks in hairnets my kids have tried all sorts of new-to-them foods while walking the aisles at Costco. Lobster bisque, buffalo sausage, chocolate truffles (well, they really didn’t need much encouragement to try chocolate, but my thanks all the same).

A few weeks back we happened on a sample of yogurt topped with ground flax seed next to the cereal aisle. Already a flax fan—the nutty flavor packs a healthy double punch of fiber and omega-3 fats—I mix it into cookies, bread, waffles, pretty much any baked good. I’d never thought of offering it straight to my kiddos. They loved it.

Now, I put a tupperware container of flax in the fridge right next to the 32-ounce tub of yogurt (Mountain High strawberry is my favorite; I’ll choose it over ice cream any day). My middle child dishes out a few scoops of yogurt then tops it with flax as a snack just about every day after school.

Have the samples at Costco driven your kids to try something new…and like it?

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