Friday, October 22, 2010

Recipe: The Whole Wheat Tollhouse Cookie

This lovely recipe comes from the Bob's Red Mill Baking Book where they've put together a healthier version of the famouse Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie.  The result is a thin, crispy, buttery, chocolately, nutty, delicous cookie.  Does it get any better than that?  My kids went crazy for these cookies as they're perfect for dipping in milk. 

from Bob's Red Mill Baking Book

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (yes, that does say 10 Tbsp's)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream the butter with the brown sugar until light in color, about 4 minutes. Beat in the egg until well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and nuts.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until brown. Cool on a wire rack.

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I love to try new chocolate chip cookies recipes.  Here's other's I've made:
Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nuts from Martha Stewart's Baking Book
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole Wheat and Soy Flours from The More With Less Cookbook
Oatmeal-Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pine Nuts from me!


Today, instead of a vintage children's book, I have to share with you this adorable lady we met last weekend during our county's local farm tour.  My girlfriend and I stopped by an old school house to have a peak in the windows.  Within moments of us arriving there, a lady on a tractor came up to see us (and what we were up to I'm sure).  She was so sweet.  This elderly lady drove that tractor like she was born on it.  She even made a cell phone call to a farmer to tell him about some troubles she was seeing with his cows running across the field nearby.  She said she went to school in the old school house and that it closed in 1955.  It's owned by the community now, and the ladies use it every 2nd Saturday night for a game night.  She invited us to join them because if they don't use the building they'll lose it.  My friend and our kids were facinated by this lady.  What a treasure she was to meet.


  1. Sarah! This reminds me of a baking contest in University where I had to make cookies and was out of everything but whole wheat flour... so went for it - and my cookies won the contest. I was in shock. Love the recipe, and the story.

  2. Hi Sarah! Just popped in to say Hi and what a treat. I just made Oatmeal Cookies last night. Not the healthy sort like you but oh my goodness, were they good. (I did add a few raisins and flaxseed:)

    That lady sounds like quite the gem. I can just imagine Marion trucking down the road in a tractor. The thought of it brings a smile:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  3. Wow, "thin, crispy, and buttery," sounds like my kind of cookie. These look delicious.

  4. This sounds good - I love that there are oats in it. I'll have to try these.

  5. Those look delicious! I love that they've created a healthier version of their already yummy cookies. We'll definitely be trying this recipe. Hope you're doing well!

  6. Healthy? I'm not sure sure, but they definitely are healthy for my soul. Those look yummy and I would love them with some vanilla ice cream. I don't do "healthy." :)


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