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Whole Grain Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Coconut Oil

This post is brought to you by summer camp.  Sweet, sweet summer camp.

After several weeks of kids at home all day and attempts to get real work done late at night, I have a bit of breathing space.   And you’d think after cooking three meals a day for three weeks that I might have some recipes to show for it.  I probably would have — other than the fighting.  Oh man, the fighting and bickering and whining between siblings is almost too much to handle.  My older sisters alluded to this a few years ago with not-so-vague comments like “Just wait until they start to fight.”  These comments probably occurred (and went right around my perfection force field) as I was praising how much my children love each other, what a great big sister my daughter is, and how my son just looks adoringly at his sister all day long.  Right.

But now my son goes crazy when his sister sings.  Which is always.  And she goes crazy when he ruins her stuff.  Which is always.  They started out sort of like roommates.  You think the person is super cool because she brought BOTH a boom box and a microwave; and then you realize she has very bad body odor and you want to pummel her when she schmoopy talks to her boyfriend at night.  I guess all you can hope for is that by the end of the year, they end up going to a kicking party, have an “I love you man” moment, and are BFFs forever.

So if you are able, take a moment today to thank your mother for putting up with all of your annoying shit.  You can bet she considered leaving you alongside the road at some point in your childhood — though she’ll deny it.  You can also bet that when she enrolled you in clarinet camp, she was more interested in her sanity than in your music skills.  She’ll deny that too.  And just to shatter the rest of your childhood, she made chocolate chip cookies because she had PMS cravings.

Luckily, these cookies will both satisfy the cravings and quiet the children.  They use coconut oil, making them dairy free and giving them just a hint of coconut flavor.  They also have a bit more salt than I would normally use, giving them a touch of that perfect salty/sweet combination.  Chilling the dough will keep them taller and prevent them from spreading too much.  We used ours for cookie ice cream sandwiches one warm evening, which was pretty fantastic.

Whole Grain Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Coconut Oil

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 t vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups of dark chocolate chunks or chips (from about 9 ounces of chocolate)

1.  Mix whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

2.  Using an electric mixer, cream the softened coconut oil with the brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs (one at a time) and mix until incorporated.  Add in vanilla extract and mix.

3.  Add about a third of the dry ingredients mixture to the coconut oil mixture and mix until just incorporated.  Repeat with remaining dry ingredients (1/3 at a time).  Do not overmix.  With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in chocolate chunks/chips until mixture is thoroughly combined.  Chill dough for 45 minutes.

4.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Because they do tend to spread, I only put 9 on a single sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes until just golden.  Allow to cool for a minute or two and then transfer to cooling racks and cool completely.  Repeat with remaining dough (keep dough in the refrigerator while baking other batches).  When completely cooled, store in an airtight container or freeze.

Honey Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Our rainy spring has turned into a rainy and cool summer here in the northeast.  So that means our pool days have become “ummm, what on earth are we going to do today?” days.  Because, you see, I have figured out the secret to staying sane with the kids at home over the summer:  you must never stay home.

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When you do, the leisurely breakfast that you’ve wanted to have all school year long gives way to bickering.  To be followed by: yelling, crying, a time out, requests to watch a movie, and a spilled drink. And the clock now reads 8:51 AM.  When you are lucky, they get involved with their toys or a project — which unfortunately always includes a deal with the devil on your part (i.e. the resulting clean up).  You have visions of providing an enriching, relaxing summer experience and you find yourself spending every moment breaking up arguments, cleaning up toys, and checking the radar on The Weather Channel for a break in the storms.

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It’s on days like this that I usually figure out a baking activity for my seven year old daughter while her brother (who is almost three) naps.  I love having the one-on-one time with her on a rainy afternoon — and we generally have a lot of fun doing it.  We’ve always done a lot of cooking together, but now that she is getting a little older I find myself really enjoying her presence in the kitchen.  We have silly conversations and chat like friends do.  I catch her licking the batter and she catches me doing the same.  And we both end up eating too much of the final product.

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So, a few days ago we decided to make chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve wanted to try a version with whole wheat flour and honey and this is what we came up with.  They are super chewy and you’d never know they were whole wheat.  And that is good when you realize that somehow a dozen cookies have disappeared from the cooling racks.  It’s a *very* good thing that those days do not include bathing suits.

Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen

2 1/4 cups of white whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 cup of butter (2 sticks), softened
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1 t vanilla
2 eggs, at room temperature
8 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks (about 2 cups)

1.  Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

2.  Cream softened butter with a mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in brown sugar and honey and mix on medium speed for a few minutes.

3.  Add eggs, one at a time, to butter/sugar mixture and mix well to incorporate.  If the mixture starts to look broken or lumpy, just keep mixing and it will re-emulsify (the reason is the eggs were probably just a bit too cold).  When both eggs are mixed in well, add vanilla and mix.

4.  With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three additions.  Do not overmix (you can even use a wooden spoon to finish up the job).

5.  Stir in chocolate chunks and make sure they are evenly distributed.  Chill the dough for 20 minutes before baking (and actually the more you chill the dough, the less the cookies will spread — yielding a taller cookie).

6.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.

7.  Drop about one tablespoon of dough per cookie onto parchment-lined baking sheets (you should be able to fit about a dozen per sheet).  Bake for 9-10 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let sheets cool for 1-2 minutes and then transfer cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.

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