Before blogging, I was a novice cook. Well, I still kind of am 😉
I was afraid to deviate even the tiniest amount from a recipe and anything that required ‘fancy’ equipment like a mixer or a processor, I shied away from.
But now, I’m beginning to be a bit more adventurous!
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans and Flax
I basically followed the recipe off the back of the Hershey’s dark chocolate chip back, but made a few changes for fun and added health benefit.
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1.5 cups all purpose, 1/2 c whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I chose to use Nannie’s pecans)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
I realized after chopping my nuts, that I had forgotten to take the butter out of the fridge. But no worries, I enlisted the help of my favorite butter-softening trick.
Two sticks of butter, pounded with a tenderizer and rolled with the roller. Wah-lah! Softened butt’ah.
In a bowl I mixed up the flours, baking soda, salt and flax seed.
Then grabbed my beautiful KitchenAid Mixer.
Oops! Egg-cidents happen.
In the mixer I beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Once mixed, I added the eggs.
Beat until creamy, then continue to beat while you slowly add the flour mixture.
Remove from the mixer and add in your chips ‘n ‘c(ah)ns.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
They look delicious, no?
They were! So darn good!
And though I wouldn’t call them ‘health’ food, the dark chocolate, nuts, flax and addition of whole wheat flour add in some redeeming qualities.
My favorite part about baking cookies? Freezing most of the dough!
It matches my countertops 🙂
I use saran wrap to roll long logs of the dough and stick in the freezer. When We have company, I’ll slice up part of the frozen log and bake for ‘fresh-from-the-oven’ cookies.
Or, if Hubbs and I want an after-dinner snack, I’ll slice off two to bake. We have a delicious, fresh cookie in 10 minutes without worrying about eating a whole jar full… which I totally could with these cookies.
How do you prefer your cookies? Warm and gooey from the oven? Room temperature? Or, like my mom, frozen?
I like ‘em warm and gooey!!
PS- Check back tomorrow for a surprise!