Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole Wheat(atta) and Jaggery(gur)


Purse Cake -Happy Birthday Vanisha
Graham Crackers Home made with Jaggery ,Whole Wheat and Honey
Chocolate Chip Cookies…
Probably the commonest thing available the other side of the world…but here in India…the authentic taste is just not there until you bake them yourself…
And when you do, you actually realise how …not so healthy these wonderful cookies are. After all, these cookies have the tendency to turn any one into THE COOKIE MONSTER!
Sweet Child had been badgering me with demands for the chocolate chip cookies ,but the authentic ones ever since we came back from Delhi. He wanted the real ones…not the healthy stuff I keep trying to stuff down his throat.
Challenge!
No refined flour…less butter… less sugar….
Not Easy!
Less or not,the quantity of fat almost remained the same, but where I succeeded- I used whole wheat flour and Jaggery. At least its a lot less refined and wholesome.

And he loved them!
Not just him,friend Kanchan’s kids loved them too!
I steamrolled Kanchan into baking them for her kids…didn’t want Sweet child to demolish all the cookies by himself.
PS her kids are thinner than mine is.
And when he went all Oliver Twist-ty I knew I had WON!
Bingo!
you too can try these on poor unsuspecting children,they’ll never know. Sweet Child vowed that these cookies were better than the ones available at the Cafe Coffee Day Outlets. Yay!
I found this recipe here  and made minor alterations. You can use Brown Sugar, but as that is not available in Ranchi, I used Jaggery. This will yield 12 cookies.
for the
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole Wheat(atta) and Jaggery(gur)…
you need
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour/atta
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup/113 gms butter(we were short of butter, so we used half butter and half vegetable shortening)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar/ grated Jaggery(gur)
2 tsp granulated sugar(regular)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
125 gms chocolate chips/bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
Butter always seems to be in short supply,where ever there are children. Even a 500 gm slab of butter never seems to last till the time its needed…by mums!
No choice,had to use shortening as refined vegetable oil in cookies is a no go!
That’s the fat…not at all cold.

That’s the flour and the baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda and the salt. Didn’t bother to sift it. Just a teeny bit of mixing.

The grated Jaggery(gur) and the sugar.I took off about a teaspoon of the jaggery.

Into the bowl…

And whisked with a balloon whisk. Technically you must whisk the butter first and then add the sugar…but whatever rules here.

To this add the egg and the vanilla.

All mixed….just a few turns will do.

The chocolate,which we cut into chunks. We were just short of 25 gms of chocolate…just like unplanned pregnancies…you never know…

Add the dry stuff into the wet…just make a pretense of bringing it all together. Get rid of the whisk ,a large spoon is good now.

This picture should have been up before…Substitute…25 gms/2 tablespoons of roasted salted peanuts! To make up for the lacking weight of the chocolate.And the kids are not too fond of salt and sweet…but then that was a risk we took.

Into the cookie dough.

Uniformity ,we were looking at. And as neither of us have a cookie scoop,we used an ice cream scoop.One scoop,one ball…slightly flattened…on the tray. The idea was to get the same size cookies so that they would bake evenly.
At this stage the cookie dough looks like ice cream…full of chocolate…if it is warm and your dough feels a little loose,just pop it in the fridge to chill 5 minutes.

The tray does not need to be greased of floured. 6 on the tray. Switch on the oven at this stage…175C/350F.
See,6 to a tray…So baking two times.

Tip, just flatten them slightly….And keep a check on them…they were ready in 13 minutes.Lightly browned from the top and soft to the touch…they firm up on cooling. They smelt terrific…the whole corridor was full of vanilla and chocolate…

The first cookie was downed just alone…the second ,with a glass of cold milk.

You can drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate if you want to add to the goodness…or maybe substitute some of the bittersweet chocolate with while chocolate…add walnuts and peanuts or just walnuts….whatever…the possibilities are Endless!

But they all end up in the tummy.

Make them,even if your kids have flown the nest…or if you don’t have any.
These cookies took less time to make than bake…
And they were heavenly!

Treat  yourself once in a while….

So what are you baking today???

Purse Cake -Happy Birthday Vanisha
Graham Crackers Home made with Jaggery ,Whole Wheat and Honey

16 comments

  1. malvika says:

    gr8
    will try this for sure

  2. Tracey says:

    I love how thick and chewy your cookies look – they're perfection!! I haven't made this recipe in ages, it's time for me to pull it from the archives and whip up a batch 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can I use baking soda instead of bicarbonate of soda

  4. Sweet says:

    hi anon…thanks for visiting they are the same thing…different names in different countries
    cheers

  5. Preet says:

    I made these today, came out quite well. Thanks for posting such a lovely recipe.

  6. Anonymous says:

    P.S. I love you!
    Thank you for amazing wheat flour recipes.
    I added choco chip to you jira buscuits, sans the jira (or sugar for that matter) – great snack!

    • Sweet says:

      Hey anonymous. ..thanks …another cookie person like me is a person after my heart…I too shall try …the chocolate in the plain cookie dough. ..sounds yum…keep baking …cheers

  7. Anita Duggal says:

    Your blog is very informative and gracefully
    your guideline is very good.Thank you

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  8. Pearl Dsouza says:

    As a beginer in the baking field i tried the Cookies for my 1 year old daughter since it had whole wheat, she loved it,a big thumbs up�� and thank you 🙂

  9. Navaneeta says:

    how do I make it without chocolates?

  10. Sweet says:

    Hey navneeta thanks for visiting Baketitude. You can skip the chocolate. They won't be as much fun… You can add chocolate to something else. Cheers

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi i am new to baking. Are these cookies crisp?

  12. Sweet says:

    Hi these are crisp on the outside chewy and chocalatey on the inside. Good luck

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