Buckwheat chocolate chip cookies are a tasty alternative to regular cookies, made with healthy whole grain buckwheat flour that gives them a rich nutty flavor and a tender texture.
buckwheat chocolate chip cookies are a welcome (and healthy!) change
Chocolate chip cookies are amazing, and we all love them, but the basic recipe doesn’t vary all that much. Using whole grains can definitely boost the nutritional value of a cookie, but in all honestly I didn’t make these because I was looking for a healthy dessert. I made them because I love the flavor of buckwheat and wondered how it would translate into a cookie. Turns out the whole grains in these cookies gives them a deliciously distinctive flair without sacrificing everything we love about chocolate chip cookies.
what is buckwheat?
- Buckwheat is not a type of wheat, despite its name. It’s not a grain at all, it’s a plant related to rhubarb. Buckwheat four is made from grinding the seeds or ‘groats’.
- Buckwheat is gluten free, and contains fiber, along with other health benefits.
how to use buckwheat flour
- Even though buckwheat ‘flour’ is not actually a grain flour, it can be used in place of, and in tandem with, regular flours.
- Basically you’re safe to swap out about 1/4 of the regular flour in baked goods like cookies, muffins, scones, or biscuits, cakes and quick bread without effecting the outcome of the recipe. The result will be a richer tasting, more tender treat.
what you’ll need
These cookies have a slight crunch on the outside, and a thick, moist, almost fluffy interior. In this case I think that whole grains really contribute to the deliciousness of this cookie. They give it a richness and that ‘x’ factor.
- butter ~ unsalted, at room temperature
- white and brown sugar
- large egg ~ at room temperature
- buckwheat flour
- white whole wheat flour ~ you can also use regular all purpose flour
- baking powder, baking soda
- vanilla extract
- cornstarch ~ tenderizes the cookie and helps prevent spreading
- semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
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Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus more for studding the surface of the cookies before they bake (optional)
- preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter and sugars together for several minutes until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to get everything evenly incorporated.
- Add in the vanilla and egg, beat well. Scrape down the bowl again.
- Whisk the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch together, then blend into the wet ingredients until there is no dry flour left.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Drop by medium sized scoops onto your prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Gently flatten out the tops with an offset spatula. Just press down lightly. Press in a few extra chips into the surface of your cookies, if desired.
- Bake for about 11 minutes. The cookies will appear slightly underdone. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.