Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TWD-Kugelhopf--If You Can't Say It, Don't Eat It. Just Kidding!

This weeks Tuesday's With Dorie recipe was for a yeasty cakey/breadish type goodie called Kugelhopf.  Sorry to disappoint other fellow TWDers, but I did not make this recipe.  I just couldn't get to it.  I wanted to and actually got the book out several times, looked over the recipe, thought it would be a good challenge (as many are saying it was), but after having gone out of town late last week (Stay tuned for my trip report to NYC!), and after getting back and not feeling a breather moment, I just wasn't able to make the cake!   But please, check out the recipe, picked this week by Yolanda on her blog The All-Purpose Girl and I'm telling you, buy Dorie's book, Baking From My Home To Yours, it's a great price from Amazon!  Go to the Tuesday's With Dorie blog and check out all the other bloggers Kugelhopf this week.  See you next week!

But wait!  I have a cookie.  Before I went to NYC last week, I whipped up a batch of these guys to leave with the boys and our friends who SO kindly stayed with the boys while we were gone.  I have a lot of wheat in storage, and I have a wheat grinder, so I try to make things using whole wheat flour a lot and came across these delicious whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.  I know, can you believe it!?  They are/were really good.  I really like the bit of "nuttiness" from the whole wheat flour and the cookies weren't dry.  They were like the perfect chocolate chip cookie, but with the added nutrition from whole wheat flour.  Try them!


I got this recipe from a blog I have recently found and love by Crystal called Everyday Food Storage.  There are some great recipes and a ton of stuff to learn about food storage, which is something my church strongly encourages and something I'm working on.  We are asked to have a year's worth of food storage!  That's a lot, but I'm excited to keep building up having the things we need on hand and even more excited to check Crystal's blog often to see what she's got up her sleeve.  Now back to the cookies!  She had gotten this recipe and heard people raving about how these cookies were the best and I'm guessing they were made with all-purpose flour, but she decided to try it with whole wheat and like I said, the cookies are de-lish!

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted slightly

1/2 cup butter, softened

a tablespoon or so less than 1/2 cup granulated sugar (this really is how I measure things!  I do half a cup, then take a little out)

1/2 cup brown sugar (full packed 1/2 cup on this one!)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  1/2 cups whole wheat flour (could go a little less, I'm going to try 1  1/4 cup next time)

scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

12 oz. chocolate chips (whichever kind you choose)  I actually boo-booed here.  I halved the original recipe, but forgot to halve the chocolate.  Oh, whoops!  The cookies were very good!  So you could just used 6 oz. chocolate chips (which is about 1 cup).  I used 1 cup milk chocolate and 1 cup semi-sweet chips.

I also added 1 T. water (that is how I decided the 1 1/2 cups flour was a little much, I thought the dough seemed a little dry)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.  Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Combine flour, salt and saod, whisk together.  Add to creamed ingredients and mix just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips by hand (nuts, too, if you want!)  Drop by tablespoonfuls on to baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool a few minutes on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool.  Or have a few warm.  They're good!


I'm going to make these again, trying them with a little less flour.  I'll bet they're still just as good, if not a little better!  You'll want this recipe, especially if you use or have a lot of whole wheat flour!  If you'd like the full recipe, go to Crystal's blog (linked above) and email her to let her know you missed the cookie extravaganza and she'll email you all the cookie recipes featured recently.  Can't wait to try more!



chocolatechic said...

I couldn't get into it either, but I made it.

I'm glad I did, because it tastes so good, but I won't make it again.

Deb said...

I'm glad you like the Everyday Food Storage blog. Those cookies look so good.

Jamie said...

I did not make it either...but those cookies look delicious!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

No wonder thos cookies were good, with double the chocolate ahahahahah! They do look good and I'll give them a try sometime for sure. I had no idea you had your own wheat grinder, that sounds really cool! Now 1 year of food stored????? I'm intrigued, why is that? I think I might have at least 2 months worth of food in my house now, and I'm quite happy with it.
Can't wait for the NY pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

Cookies look really outstanding. Don't give up on the Kugelhopf...maybe file it for a day when just the thought of bread rising in the house sounds very lovely? We really liked it...and the process was satisfying also...have no idea why as no one I know would ever count me long in the patience department! Great cookies!

Princess of Power said...

The cookies look great and I am all about anything made with whole wheat. Can't wait to try them myself!

Megan said...

First, a trip to NYC is better than any cake/bread hybrid. Second, those cookies look great, even though I don't have a wheat grinder handy.Yummy!

sweet delight said...

These cookies look like something you would find at a mall or bakery. Amazing!

Pamela said...

Yum! They look wonderful with all of that chocolate in there! I really enjoyed the shortbread I made in place of the kugelhopf. Just keep on baking, right? :o)

Cathy said...

Your cookies look great! I think you made the right call in skipping the kugelhopf with as busy as it sounds like you were. It really requires some time (most of it is hands-off, but somehow it still seemed to take up the better part of 2 days!) I'll definitely be trying your cookies before I try the kugelhopf again!

Darius T. Williams said...

Sooo - the whole wheat flour means I can eat more of them, right?


Maria said...

Looks like the perfect cookie to me!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Oh man, those pictures are certainly selling it and all WW flour you say? I wouldn't think they would turn out so good! Now if only there was a way to switch out the butter, perhaps use peanut butter instead? Wonder what that would be like...

AmyRuth said...

Are you kidding? Give me a cookie Now! Seriously they look delish and I know your boys enjoyed eating them as well. Awesome job. Kugelhopf can wait until later. Happy Baking