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Soft and moist (but not "wet"), absolutely packed with chocolate chips, these are the quintessential soft chocolate chip cookies. AND — they’re 100% whole grain! Who could ask for anything more?
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter
1/3 cup (2 3/8 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (3 3/4 ounces) brown sugar, lightly packed
3 tablespoons (2 1/4 ounces) honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon butterscotch or butter rum flavor, optional
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) cider vinegar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups (8 ounces) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour, organic preferred
2 2/3 to 3 cups (16 to 18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
To prepare the dough: In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, honey, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt until smooth. Beat in the vinegar, egg, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir in the flour, then the chocolate chips, mixing just until combined. Drop the dough, by tablespoonfuls, onto the prepared baking sheets. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. Want to make smaller cookies? A teaspoon cookie scoop will yield about 6 dozen 2" cookies.
To bake the cookies: Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes (9 to 10 minutes for smaller cookies), until their bottoms are barely starting to brown (gently lift one up to peek). They may appear quite light and "undone;" that's OK, you want them to stay soft, so don't over-bake. Also, if you're using a darker cookie sheet without parchment, they'll probably need to bake for a slightly shorter time. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 3 dozen larger cookies, or 6 dozen smaller cookies.
Note: The original recipe called for 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 3/4 cup brown sugar. We feel these cookies are sweet enough using the reduced amount of sugars above, but go for the original, sweeter version if you like.