Friday, February 13, 2015

Unconventional Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies. 
They're kind of like the grandfather of baked goods; the glue that holds the entire baked community together.
Sorry… I'm getting way to sappy here.
But, the chocolate chip is one of the staples and I wanted to mess with it a bit.

I personally have been trying to eat extremely clean, and completely dairy free - because I'm lactose intolerant and cheese is SO not worth it anymore.
Sooo, I took a recipe from Ovenly's book: salted chocolate chip cookies (online recipe also on Vogue)
Being the salty/savory lover that I am, this recipe was calling my name.

The cookies I ended up with are healthier (aside from the sugar), but by no means lacking in flavor and awesomeness. I actually had to instruct my fam not to inhale the cookies so I could take photos for the blog… but as soon as the photographing was done, the cookies were basically inhaled.
So, if you're looking for a slightly healthier option to bake when your sweet tooth is screaming at you to feed it goodness, give these cookies a go. You'll thank me later :)

Also, just a little note about me… despite being a certified pastry chef, I mostly bake at home now (since I haven't found my perfect/dream bakery job), which means I'm also always on dish duty. So, in my personal interest of not wanting to do 50 million dishes, I added all my dry ingredients into one bowl, combined them using a fork, then added my wet ingredients and coconut oil. I actually tend to do this a lot (except when a recipe calls for creaming sugar and eggs/butter/oil/etc) and my baked goods tend to come out great every time.

I used almond meal/flour to start off, but ended up having to add a handful (yep… I measured the flour with my hand… I'm oh-so-fancy) of whole wheat pastry flour b/c the middles of the cookies didn't bake properly and the edges were already crispy. If you are gluten-intolerant, try adding a little less coconut oil and almond milk to keep the dough from becoming too wet. Have fun experimenting and playing with the recipe, and who care if you mess it up a bunch of times… the only way to get better is to face your fear of baking and just do it and have fun messing up. 
Soap box ramblings done.

Here's my recipe for my Unconventional Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies:
(adapted from Ovenly)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F/177 degrees C
2 cups almond meal/flour (or any gluten free flour of your preference)
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt (I used pink himalayan sea salt, and kind of added a bit more to give it a saltier taste)
1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup light brown sugar (high fattening bit)
1/2 cup ex. virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup (or a smidge less) unsweetened almond milk
Sea salt to top the cookies before being baked
optional: Whole wheat pastry flour - a handful or two

Like I said before, if you're going completely gluten free, mix in the coconut oil and milk a little bit at a time. You want the dough to hold a ball shape without leaving a bunch of dough on your hands after making little circles.
Place cookies about 2 inches apart on baking sheet/baking stone. I used my most loved (and heavily used) baking stone since I never need to use grease or parchment paper…so if you have stoneware, you should use it b/c it's fantastic.
Before placing the cookies in the oven to bake, sprinkle the tops with sea salt. 
Bake for 12 - 13 minutes or until the edges are golden.
The book recommends freezing the dough balls for 10 minutes before baking… I didn't do that, and my cookies (once the dough was a little less wet with added flour) retained their shapes nicely. But give the freezing a try and let me know how it goes by commenting on this post.

For all you lovelies out there reading this… I'd love to interact with you all! Leave me comments to let me know if you bake these cookies or if you liked/didn't like this recipe… or if you have any suggestions or recipes you'd like me to try, I'd love to hear from you all! Please leave a comment… and even find me on Instagram: kylieraecakes & Twitter: kraeshaew
I'd love to hear from you all!
Have a wonderfully sweet day!!

ps. also… how stinking cute is my bday present from my best friend?!!! I have a love for owls and foxes, and this plate kills me with it's cuteness! (it's from West Elm if you fall in love with the cuteness and have to get yourself one or more)….

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