I am, generally speaking, a fan of whole grains. Not for reasons of health though, though I can use whatever help I can get in that area. I just prefer whole wheat bread and brown rice on most occasions.
I do, however, strive to eat healthier, just on my terms. Thus, the whole wheat chocolate chip cookie.
I know how to make chocolate chip cookies. I've made the ones from Cooks Illustrated (behind a pay wall), and they are very, very good. But they are too much, if you know what I mean. I admire the rigor with which the ATK team tests its recipes. However, I sometimes find their recipes overly elaborate for my aims, and the preferences of the cooks and tasters idiosyncratic.
Back to the cookies. I like the taste of whole wheat, but I like the taste of chocolate chip cookies better. I am not aiming for a compromise here.
I made the King Arthur Flour recipe here, exactly as written (except for the espresso powder--I don't drink or cook with coffee).
The recipe starts with creaming the butter and sugars. The recipe uses a blend of sugars: white, brown, and honey. Whole wheat recipes often include honey, and it works unobtrusively here.
The recipe also includes cider vinegar. The vinegar obviously makes the batter more acidic, but I don't understand why the batter should be more acidic, functionally speaking. This, to me, underscores why I use recipes specifically developed for whole wheat, rather than substituting whole wheat in conventional recipes. Flour is already a complex mixture of starches and proteins--adding fat, fiber, and vitamins in the form of wheat germ and wheat bran increases the complexity to a great degree.
The batter was very, very fluffy.
I really liked the cookies. However, I am blessed to have two of the most sensitive tasters in the world right here in my own family. My husband though the cookies were "good" and my 7 year old son didn't eat them. The quest for a cookie that pleases the whole family continues!
How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? Are you interested in a cookie that uses whole wheat flour? Please let me know in your comments.