Friday, May 2, 2008

Midnight Baking:Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yesterday night I got home from a friends and not being tired just yet, I came up with the brilliant idea that I wanted to make cookies! It being 1:00 in the morning, I grabbed a pillow and stuffed it in the crack of my roommates door so not to wake them…I measured everything out and then proceeded to turn on my extremely loud Kitchen Aid mixer. How loud do you ask? You know that annoying sound of your neighbor’s lawn mower that seems to go off at hours way to early for any human being to be awake? That’s what mine sounds like! Now I know what you’re thinking, how inconsiderate of me! But hey, my roomies crank the blender for their smoothies at 5:30 in the morning everyday before work, so I think we’re even! It was all a fantastic idea until 1:45 rolled around and I was standing over the oven waiting for batch number three to come out and getting extremely sleepy…but it was all worth it in the end! I substituted some things such as using spelt flour instead of whole wheat flour, adding baking soda for a little extra rise and adding ground flax seeds in for texture and those good ol omega 3’s. For an even healthier version I think next time I will try using all spelt flour, no white flour and even cut back on the sugar. It tastes just like every other fabulous double chocolate chunk cookie so I definitely suggest you try making these! Just maybe not at 1 in the morning...

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(Adapted from Ellie Krieger's The Food you Crave)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or whole grain spelt flour)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (flax meal)
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 ounces dark chocolate chunks

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.In a mixer cream butter and sugars. Add oil, egg and vanilla.
3. In a seperate bowl combine flours, cocoa and salt. Slowly incorporate into wet mixture. Add chocolate chunks.
4.Bake until cookies are just set, about 12 minutes.


edibility said...

I love adding ground flax seed to my baked goods, it just seems to make everything nuttier. And I feel a tad less guilty with the added health kick.

These cookies look good. I will have to give them a whirl. Fortunately I don't have roomies, so it's likely I'll be baking them in the wee hours of the morning, as it is the best insomniatic pastime.

Scott said...

I can just see you leaning over the counter with your chin in your hand and your eyelids drooping... good thing there were no plates of spaghetti laying around!

Laura said...

Thanks edibility!
Haha yes I too add ground flax seeds into alot of my baked goods for that same reason!