Monday, February 13, 2012
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies
Let’s steep in these words for a moment here: whole wheat. chocolate chip. skillet. cookies. And now a deep sigh ... how can you not instantly love this one? I’ve had Heidi Swanson’s recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies tucked away to try, and this past week emerged as the time to make it. I am happy that I did!
I am drawn to anything with whole wheat flour – I love its wholesome, hearty flavor and texture - and when paired with chocolate it’s always a winning combination. Plus, patting the dough into my cast iron skillet and baking it couldn’t have been quicker or easier. For the cookie, I used a combination of dark and milk chopped chocolate plus bourbon vanilla, and before baking I sprinkled the top with coarse sea salt.
When I pulled the skillet out of the oven, I inhaled the aromas of chocolate and vanilla – pure baked goodness. I let it cool, and when I couldn’t stand waiting any longer I cut a thick wedge. Crisp edges, dense, soft interior, gooey chocolate ... these were my thoughts as I nibbled contentedly. The sea salt added a little crunch and balanced the sweetness out nicely.
You need nothing more than a napkin to enjoy - my sons were happy to dive in to this perfect after-school treat. As it cooled, it firmed up so if you’d like to have the softer texture I recommend serving it warm.
Over the weekend, I sipped steaming cups of tea (and a couple hot toddies that did the trick for my cold) while savoring little bites of the skillet cookie. Dangerous to have sitting on the kitchen counter! My boys helped me out and polished off the remainder in sundae form with strawberry ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Bake up a pan when you’re in the mood for a cozy, satisfying sweet.