Friday, June 11, 2010

Whole Wheat Wonderful

Sometimes I like to try and substitute whole wheat flour for regular AP flour in my baking. 

This can be difficult to do because a lot of the stone ground flour is thicker and sometimes lends a flavor that doesn't work well for most cakes and cookies.  However, several months ago I won the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook.  I have been really wanting to try a recipe in it, and finally tried a recipe a month or so ago.  I did the whole wheat oatmeal cookies.

I made some adjustments to the recipe because I didn't have all the ingredients, but they turned out GREAT!  Can't wait to try more recipes from this cookbook!  Maybe soon...I just got a Krups waffle maker at a thrift store for $6...looked it up and it's $52 online!   

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter (I'm LOVING the Smart Balance mix these days!)
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/3 cups oats
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (called for traditional...I used white whole wheat, it's not as strong)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups of your choice of add ins...dried fruit, chips, candies, etc

Preheat to 350 F.  Cream butter, sugar, soda, powder, salt, spices, and vanilla together.  Beat in the gg.  Add the flour, oats, and add-ins.  Stir until mixed.  Place dough on pans.  Bake for 14 minutes or until slightly brown on the edges and soft in the middle.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

9 comments:

Abby said...

Yay! I love it when a thrift-stop goes well!

And I struggle with replacing white flour with whole wheat. I always use recipes that already have the whole wheat in it!

Maryanna said...

Those cookies look yummmy! I bet they would be good with ice cream sandwiched between 2 cookies, too!

smilinggreenmom said...

These look great and I am thrilled that they call for whole wheat because we love using Kamut Wheat! Yum - I am collecting whole wheat recipes to use and this looks yummy :)

Claire said...

Abby - I can't wait to see how more recipes in this book come out!

Maryanna - They would be good with ice cream!

SGM - Hope you like them. I'll have to check out what you find!

Erika said...

I really like the whole wheat quick breads in the book- I haven't had one go wrong yet.

I haven't tried any of the cookies though. Obviously, I need to rectify that, because these look fabulous!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Good thrift store find.

I need to try these. I have a ton of WW flour. Guess I forgot I had some and bought it again......

Vickie said...

I have never added ginger. Can't wait to try these.

Vickie said...

I have never added ginger. Can't wait to try these.

Abby said...

I haven't used a recipe specifically requiring whole wheat flour yet, but with the except of breads, I have substituted whole wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour in my baking recipes with excellent results.