We met a while ago, chocolate chip cookies and me, at one of our family gatherings on the Mediterranean seaside at my sister’s holiday house. The days were relaxing as they can be on holidays and we were busy only at dinner time. The adults used to make the dinner and the kids were in charge of the desserts. Although we were quite often treated with the ice cream from the gelateria just meters away from the house, a very special treat was – chocolate chip cookies! My nieces use to bake them for all of us, but I remember them disappearing quickly, without us having a chance to taste them. Turns out that my nephew was the main culprit. They were his favourite then and from what I hear, they still are. Actually, kids sharing the sweets between them was a good thing, especially with these kinds of treats! After all they are more a kids treat anyway.
Now, having a child of my own has changed some cooking habits for me. I get to bake and adjust my cooking for one little boy, which gives me nothing but pleasure although sometimes I just have to be very creative with the ingredients. For example: when my son, who hardly ever eats anything sweet, asked for the chocolate chip cookies (turns out they baked them in his childcare and he wanted to do the same thing at home) I had to think of a way of baking them while keeping the same cooking style. At this stage I doubted he would be interested in them at all! He loves helping it the kitchen but as I said before, not so interested in enjoying the final product. This time I was wrong! These chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate winner lately in our home and I can just add – equally loved between all the household members!
These cookies were mentioned before in one of my previous posts and even though they were not a main reason for the that post, they were nicely placed anyway. They are like that. They sneak up on you and you can’t stop wanting them, more and more. Plus, when you have a son who almost never asks for anything sweat, then a mother like me wouldn’t mind baking these as often as we (adults) can afford to digest them. Saying that, I have to add, spelt flour and olive oil butter or margarine does make the difference and is the only combination I can accept – when it comes to chocolate chip cookies.
Spelt flour chocolate chip cookies
150 gr wholemeal spelt flour
130 gr white spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon aluminium free baking powder
160 gr raw sugar or brown sugar
170 gr olive oil margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
120 gr dark chocolate bits
Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking tin with baking paper.
In a large size bowl beat olive oil margarine with sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs one by one and mix well all together. Add vanilla paste and mix until well combined. Switch mixer to a lower speed, add flours and baking powder. Pulse just a few times to combine. At the end mix in chocolate bits, gently with a spoon . The dough will be lightly firmer, compared to a dough made with plain flour but that just makes it easier to handle. Form small balls between two teaspoons – this is my sons favourite part and he is amazingly good at it! Line up onto baking paper, leaving enough room in between and press each ball gently, to flatten. Bake for 15 min.
Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and leave to cool at room temperature.