I don’t bake nearly as often as I did when the kids were younger, but once in awhile, I just need a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Yesterday, our daughter, son-in-law and all the grandkids were here and it seemed like the perfect time to whip up a batch of these delicious beauties. They are stupendous! Hands down, my absolute favorite cookie. You would never guess that they contain whole wheat flour. And as promised in my last post, I weighed out the flour for you so you can duplicate the same excellent results that I get. If you don’t have a kitchen scale and will be measuring your flour by the cup, then be advised that I used the scoop and swoop method. Still, weighing will get you the most consistent results.
At first glance, my recipe may seem to include some “unusual” ingredients, but I promise you they are so mainstream in our house, that I forget to mention them to you in my recipes. I just wanted to give a brief explanation and let you know that you can definitely make the substitutions, if you need to. I just wanted you to have the exact recipe that I use, so you can be sure of the same yummy results.
I’ve talked to you, before, about Zulka brand Morena Pure Cane Sugar. I buy it at Walmart and in the recipe, below, I linked it up to my Amazon affiliate for you, in case you can’t find it locally. You could substitute regular granulated sugar, cup for cup, but I like using this unrefined, non-GMO pure cane sugar for its deeper, fresher taste in baked goods. Because it hasn’t been refined, it retains some of the cane syrup which affects the color and flavor. The granules are not as fine as granulated sugar, but incorporate and melt into my baked goods just like white sugar. Because it is left unrefined, Morena sugar is not white, but its natural tan color. I can purchase a 4 pound bag for less than the store brand 4 pound bag, at Walmart. They have recently started stocking it in the baking aisle, though I used to only be able to pick it up in the ethnic foods aisle. If you’re having trouble finding it, be sure to look both places. You can print a coupon for 50¢ off Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar.
I’ve been making my own vanilla extract, at home, for a little over a year, too, and there is no rival for the flavor. I prefer to use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans when I make it. My recipe does call for homemade vanilla, but you can substitute your preferred brand.
And the last ingredient I need to explain is Celtic Sea Salt. You can use regular table salt, as a substitute. I’ve just read so much great information about the health benefits of Celtic Sea Salt, that it didn’t make sense for our family to keep using processed table salt. Here is a link to one article that was helpful.
Now, that you have an understanding of why I chose the ingredients that I did, I hope you’ll enjoy this Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe as much as our family does! Have a blessing-filled evening!
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups Morena Pure Cane Sugar (can substitute granulated sugar)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon homemade vanilla (or substitute any pure vanilla extract)
- 2 cups (258 grams or 9.1 oz) whole wheat flour
- 5 cups (678 grams or 1 lb 7.9 oz) unbleached white flour
- 1 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt (or substitute table salt)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 (12 oz) bag milk chocolate chips
- Cream butter and sugars together in bowl of stand mixer.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until dough is uniformly combined. The dough will be very stiff.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Roll into golf ball-sized balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 14 minutes.
- Cookies will still appear soft and some may even look doughy, but trust me, take them out just as the edges begin to brown and don't go longer than the recommended time. Your cookies will continue to bake for a minute or two even after they are removed from the oven. They will set up without becoming hard and crunchy. You'll have perfectly soft, chewy and delicious cookies.