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May 23 2012 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Dessert,Recipe » 27 comments

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

As you may have noticed, over the past few (ahem, or maybe more than a few) months, my posts have been sporadic.  The time between updates has slowly stretched and, to be honest, there have been times when I wondered if I’d return.  Sometimes the thought of walking away would carry an immense sense of relief: one thing off my over-crowded plate.  But, more often than not, the thought made me sad.  There have been a lot of  reasons for the less-frequent posts (one of which is more visible than others), but every time I’ve returned to this space, I’ve been grateful that I didn’t let it go.  I draw so much energy and inspiration from this site, and it’s something I don’t want to fade away.

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A lot of things have fallen into place for us recently (we’re moving, for one thing!) and a very welcome slow-down at work is finally here.  So, I’m hoping to be able to post a bit more frequently over the next couples of months, and then we’ll see what happens when the baby arrives later this summer.

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

The funny thing is, even as I added to this site more and more infrequently, I still visited it often.  The busier I am, the more I rely on recipes I’ve made numerous times, and the vast majority of those recipes reside on this site.  This site, I’ve realized, has become my personal recipe file.  Just like my mom pulls down a wooden box stuffed with splattered, handwritten recipe cards and rifles through it to find her old favorite recipes, I often Google my prior posts.

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Along these lines, when I decided to make some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies to add to the gift bags for the hostesses of my baby shower (the bags were otherwise stuffed with Chicago treats, and I concluded that they wouldn’t be complete without a treat from my own Chicago kitchen), I turned first to my site for the recipe.  I make these cookies so often that I just assumed I had already posted the recipe.  But, alas, it wasn’t there.  And then I remembered that I usually turn to Jess’ site for this recipe, and while that’s always a lovely site to visit, I knew I needed to add the recipe to my own virtual recipe file.

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

So in the waning sunlight hours after work (spring!), I whipped up a batch and snapped a few photos.  I feel better already, knowing that this recipe is safely tucked away on this site, and that I’ll be returning more frequently to this space in coming weeks.

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Whole Wheat Cookies
Adapted from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce, via Sweet Amandine

Dry ingredients:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Wet ingredients:
2 sticks (8 ounces) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (chopped or chips)

Sea salt or kosher salt, for finishing

Pre-heat  oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Put the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix on low speed until just blended. (It should take about 2 minutes.) Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each one is incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl, and blend on low speed until the flour is just incorporated. If there are any small pockets of flour lurking in the dough, rub them in with your fingers.

Scoop the dough – about 3 tablespoons per cookie – onto the baking sheets, keeping about 3 inches between cookies.

Just before baking, press a few flakes of salt into each dough ball.

Baking 16-20 minutes.  Transfer the cookies, still on the parchment, to the counter to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Yield: a little over 20 cookies

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  1. Amy says on May 23 2012 at 5:45 pm:

    Ah thanks for posting these cookies. Because not only is this post going to serve as another recipe in your virtual recipe box, it’s serving as the final push to make me try these cookies out! I’ve seen them everywhere, including on Jess’s blog, but seeing this today made me realize that making this recipe finally needs to happen. Thanks!

  2. Jess says on May 23 2012 at 7:57 pm:

    Those cookies!! We just baked off the last of our most recent batch last night. It doesn’t matter how many times I make them; they surprise me every time. A big, belated congratulations to you, Kristin, on your most exciting news. I’m thrilled for you. And as for posting here, I’m happy whenever you do. xo.

  3. Sally says on May 23 2012 at 8:26 pm:

    So happy you’ll be continuing as this is one of my favorite cooking blogs. All the best to you and your family with the exciting changes in your lives.

  4. Karen says on May 24 2012 at 12:01 am:

    Kristin, you’re in my top 3 favorite bloggers list, along with Smitten Kitchen & 101 cookbooks. So thanks for not going away! But if you do we’ll understand :) It’s so hard to juggle everything while pregnant. And thanks for posting this recipe. I love that book and have been eyeing those cookies for a while. I’ll have to make them for tea with my grandma this weekend.

  5. Rosa says on May 24 2012 at 12:14 am:

    Wonderful cookies! I love the flavor of whole wheal flour.



  6. Amanda says on May 24 2012 at 5:04 am:

    I know exactly how you feel! I have been thinking about putting the blog away for a while but I can’t leave the space. It’s been a buddy of mine for 4 years! Hopefully the summer will get us back in the groove though :) xo

  7. Tine says on May 24 2012 at 6:53 am:

    Waw, these cookies look perfect!

  8. Rose-Anne says on May 24 2012 at 9:33 am:

    Hello again! You did such a marvelous job of capturing one of the best things about writing a food blog: the way it keeps your favorite recipes safe and sound and so easily found. It’s so nice to have a recipe diary, and I’m sure it will only get better as your life becomes even fuller with a new baby.

    Happy baking!

    PS I gotta get on this chocolate chip cookie train–these beauties sound amazing.

  9. kale says on May 24 2012 at 12:08 pm:

    It’s so funny how one generation could create such a difference in method. I’m the same way, quicker to google a recipe than search for the index card. This is a great classic recipe to have on file, so to speak! Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. Kate says on May 24 2012 at 3:23 pm:

    I like index cards, quite frankly. Something tactile, I think. But the pen moves more slowly than my fingers on a keyboard, so I am full up of 8-1/2×11 pieces of paper, culled from every corner of the internet.

    After almost 7 years of blogging (I know!! crazy) I have slowed remarkably. I’m not pregnant, nor moving. Just… I don’t know. But I can’t stop. I’d miss the place I’ve made, and the virtual friends. And cookie recipes like this one.

  11. Elizabeth says on May 24 2012 at 9:41 pm:

    I think I can speak on behalf of countless readers when I say that I am so glad you’re hear. Of all the blogs that come up on my Google Reader feed, yours is one of my very favorites. Something about your graceful turn of phrase, your heartfelt stories, your lovely photos, and your delicious and reliable recipes (I’ve made quite a few!) keep me waiting patiently for more. I totally understand that life can make side projects like this seem unimportant. But know that your contributions, however infrequent, are read, appreciated, and are something I truly look forward to.

  12. diane says on May 26 2012 at 11:17 am:

    Everyone loved the cookies and I can-t wait to try them.I haven’t met a chocolate chip cookie I haven’t loved.I always love to read your stories,it’s a special way to stay connected. MOM

  13. JEP says on May 26 2012 at 11:32 am:

    I love your blog! My very favorite recipe of yours is the granola bars.

  14. rachel says on May 27 2012 at 1:04 pm:

    Congrats! best wishes on embarking on a wonderful adventure! These cookies start with cold butter? Just making sure…

  15. Farmgirl Susan says on May 28 2012 at 12:19 pm:

    There can never be too many chocolate chip cookie recipes in the world, and this one looks delish. Can’t wait to try it! :)

  16. Anna says on May 29 2012 at 3:53 am:

    I love this post. I love the idea a blog being a place to keep all your well-loved recipes. I haven’t been blogging very long but I make an effort to go back and make recipes that I’ve posted. I’m always trying out new things and it’s nice to be reminded that sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel (or the cookie). I’ve made these cookies many times but not for ages – I think I’ll whip up a batch this weekend. Thanks for reminding me how great they are. Lots of luck for the move and hurrah for work slow-downs!!

  17. Emily says on May 29 2012 at 6:29 am:

    You’re my recipe box, too! And I can’t wait to try this – ideal.

  18. Barbara says on May 29 2012 at 10:35 am:

    I never have understood how you young women, raising families and working can keep up with blogging. I look back when I was your age and I could barely keep up with everyday life!
    I’ve made these cookies….they were excellent!

  19. talley says on June 03 2012 at 10:19 am:

    I’m thinking these cookies might need to make their way to the NYTimes, or perhaps they can star in their own tv show. They are just that good. They are my go-to cookie recipe and have been ever since I first spotted them on Jess’ blog. Everyone who tries them loves them and asks for the recipe. I imagine this recipe has found its way into lots of recipe boxes, whether virtual or physical. Glad to hear that you’ve decided the blog still inspires you because we readers love reading it. Happy nesting and baking (I hear pregnant women who eat chocolate have babies that are easier to soothe)

  20. Whitney says on June 03 2012 at 11:36 am:

    Glad to have you around, even if it is less often. I have personally lost the inspiration from my own blog so I can totally understand how the time goes by.

    Moving to the burbs? Or a new place in the city?

    So happy for you and your new family addition.

  21. Nicole @ the dirty oven says on June 09 2012 at 9:40 am:

    Much Congrats! Enjoy the ride. I hear ya on not having time to blog or cook or bake..but it is worth it! Having two kiddos and working full time makes me miss and enjoy it all! Seriously, enjoy it all! Time goes by way too fast!

  22. jessica says on June 12 2012 at 8:25 pm:

    Nothing better than a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie recipe! I love the story behind your blog name. And I’m always checking in on your blog for new posts. Even if your posts are only now and then, I still enjoy them =)

  23. Riley says on June 14 2012 at 5:50 pm:

    Please never quit your site! I really look forward to your posts!!

    Sometimes a full plate is a good thing. More so an actual plate of cookies than a hectic life.

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  25. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink says on June 25 2012 at 7:31 pm:

    Thanks everyone!

    Jess: Thanks for the recipe (and your kind words)!

    Rachel: Yes–cold butter.

    Whitney: We’re staying in Bucktown.

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  27. Laura says on August 24 2012 at 10:45 pm:

    Congrats on your beautiful baby (and on ending a long pregnancy successfully)–I saw the picture on your home page. I wanted to comment on this post however because, in addition to being a total chocolate chip cookie fiend,I really connected with this post. I’ve been blogging a while and I have had many spurts like the one you describe, yet something pulls me back. I hope you find a way to keep up with it now that your beautiful bundle of joy is probably robbing you of sleep! :)

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