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Honey Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies and (not) getting organized

Sometimes an action as simple as baking cookies can make you feel as though you are getting ahead, or at the very least, catching up. That was my experience this week as I faced a daunting to-do list.

I won’t name all my impending tasks at hand, but I will note that the potatoes and carrots are not yet planted in the raised beds. The weeds are starting to pop up and as I have vowed to maintain order in the garden this year, this makes me nervous.

Indoors, the laundry is washed but not folded. A suitcase is lying open with a pair of heels in it – an attempt to pack in advance for my trip to Las Vegas next week, but I’ll undoubtedly end up tossing items in willy-nilly hours before my flight. Oh, and I wanted to make up some meals for the family for when I am gone, and schedule a few posts in advance so I can leave my laptop at home.

But how does one get ahead when life’s daily upkeep threatens to escalate out of control? I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. I prioritize, then prioritize again. I make lists, and star the mega-important items.

I said to Danny recently that I feel like I am failing at the little things – or maybe he kindly pointed it out. I can’t remember. The feeling was mutual, anyway.

Does anyone else ever feel this way? The major undertakings he and I team up on: children are fed, bathed and bedded, email is answered (mostly), the chickens are tended, the fridge is stocked and meals are prepared, and the car had a tune-up recently.

This corner of the internet, and the opportunities it brings, keeps me busy. It’s not quite a 9-5 gig, but it is a big chunk of my day, my weeks. Most days and weeks, I’m the master of my own domain (no pun intended) but those ‘little things’ are getting away on me.

Honey whole-wheat chocolate chunk cookies on simplebites.net #cookies #chocolate

Mateo and I baked cookies together on a rainy afternoon this week and it felt like multitasking in its finest form. I was spending (good! fun! sticky!) time with my little kitchen enthusiast, I was finally baking those cookies Noah has been asking about for ages for his lunches, and I was relaxing.

Yes, cookie baking is balm for the frazzled soul. And if there is chocolate involved, even better.

Despite the usual distractions, the cookies turned out beautifully: large and soft, slightly raised, chewy on the outside and tender in the middle. I thought you’d enjoy the recipe in case you are in need of a solid school lunch treat or a baking project with your pre-schooler.

And if you are desperate for a few minutes in the kitchen with warm, melted chocolate results, then I suggest you give these honey whole-wheat cookies a whirl.

You’ll feel completely on top of things, if only for after school snacks.

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Who knew that a food processor could make cookies like a boss?

I only had a short window of time (and daylight) to bake these cookies, so I tossed cubed butter, honey and a little turbinado (dark cane sugar) in my Magimix food processor and it whipped those ingredients into shape in no time. An egg and vanilla extract went next into these fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-rainy-day-cookies and the batter became light and creamy.

Mateo added the dry ingredients and the chocolate directly to the food processor and I pulsed it a few times; in minutes we had cookie dough. And it was beautiful stuff.

For fun, and a math lesson, we weighed each ball of dough – 50 grams – before placing all fifteen on a baking tray. We chilled them slightly while the oven preheated, and baked them off in ten minutes.

I may be failing at some things around here, but warm, chocolate-filled cookies still manage to be prioritized. Make a batch in your home today.

Honey whole-wheat chocolate chunk cookies on simplebites.net #cookies #chocolate

Honey Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Serves/Yield: 15
These one-bowl, small-batch cookies come together quickly in a food processor. Don't worry, you can still use a stand mixer, a cake beater, or your arm to mix them up as well - just make them as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 160 grams of chopped chocolate or 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, mix butter, sugar and honey until smooth.
  2. Stop the processor and add egg and vanilla. Mix again until creamy. With the machine turned off, scrape down the sides with a spatula if needed.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder into the mixer. Add the chocolate. Pulse a few times until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Shape the dough into 15 or 18 cookies, depending on how big you like them, and place on a baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Chill the shaped cookies in the refrigerator while the oven is heating, about 10 minutes. (This helps the whole wheat flour get absorbed into the dough.)
  6. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to continue to cool and enjoy.

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimรฉe's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites.

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  1. I love using honey in my cookies!! It give them great flavor and makes them just a little healthier! Yay! These look so good!

    Hope you have a great Memorial day weekend!
    Tieghan’s last post: Hot Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich.

    • The honey flavour really shines through on these cookies, too, Tieghan. I think you’ll love them. Enjoy YOUR holiday weekend; obviously we don’t celebrate in Canada. ;)

  2. I am RIGHT THERE with ya! I try to see my never ending to-do list as a reflection on my creative side… I have so many ideas for things I want to do (in the kitchen, with my kids, in the house, on my blogs, for my work, in my garden….this list is now stressing me out), but at the end of the day, I’m lucky if I can check off anything! At least we’ll never be bored!

    • Life is continually interesting and unexpected. You are so right. I’m not complaining, just wondering aloud if I’m normal. :)

  3. Those cookies look good! I always enjoy slipping some whole wheat flour into baked goods!
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking’s last post: Carne Asada Tacos

  4. Oooo, Aimee, these look just perfect! Love that they’re whipped up in the food processor!
    jenny Flake’s last post: Food Blog Forum Orlando, 2013

  5. These sound like such a delight! So simple. I love baking and cooking, but baking brings me a weird kind of “joy”. I like to do it alone, and it gives me peace!…weird? haha
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar’s last post: Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

  6. Kara E. says:

    Yum! I want to make these. You’re not the only one who has a to do list filled with things and then forgets to do the little things. Our situations might be different, but I do understand. Right now the floors are in desperate need of washing from muddy paws. I’ve been meaning to do it, just other things have gotten in the way. I think I’ll make these cookies for a break and for a baby shower I’m attending on Monday.

    • Oh, whew. ;)

      These would be great for a baby shower. I’d make them a little smaller – you could probably get 24 out of one recipe. Enjoy!

  7. These could be dangerous!

  8. I have a boy about the age of your youngest and three older kids as well, and I tell myself (and my husband) that its just part of this stage of life. I have my to – do list and my want – to – do list and I sometimes get some things off of both checked off. I really think some days baking cookies or playing UNO or making that meal for a friend is more important than the jobs you could catch up on tomorrow. And some days have to be that tomorrow where you catch up.

    Love the whole wheat / honey addition to cookies. I also find baking important and centering, even if I have to clear all the dishes off the counter into a pile in the sink to do it . ..
    jill’s last post: Giveaway Day Winner!

  9. Glad that you got to make these with your little ones. They look great! Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. wow! how awesome that it whips up in no time in the food processor! who would’ve thunk it?! life is just so overwhelming sometimes and it’s hard to not think you’re failing at little things but in the grand scheme of things, as long as your family & children are happy, then you’re clearly winning :) xoxo
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  11. These cookies are calling my name! Love using whole wheat flour!
    Maria’s last post: Mozzarella Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  12. Cookies always make things seem more stable. I’m an obsessive list-maker and I still feel like I’m not getting things done, ever.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen whole wheat bread flour. Whole wheat yes, bread yes, but not whole wheat bread. Do you recommend a mix of the two, or just straight up whole wheat?
    Megan’s last post: Afternoon Delight (Grilled Pound Cake with Roasted Fruit)

  13. Aimee, I am completely, and totally with you… I struggle with that on a daily basis, but have come to the conclusion that I just do what I can … and then… it just goes on the to do list. xoxo
    Marian’s last post: Summer Cookies and Cupcakes

  14. These look great!

  15. Auntiepatch says:

    Not that I’m retired, I don’t have a to-do-list. I just figure that everything will be there tomorrow and do what I want/have to do today! Makes for a lot less stress!

  16. Auntiepatch says:

    Make that NOW that I’m retired!

  17. I don’t have kids and I feel like I can’t keep up. Someone once said blogs are like a golden retreiver puppy. Fun, lively and always demanding your attention. So true!

    I have never made cookies in my food processor — just by hand or with my stand mixer. I could use a few cookies right now. With a good hot cup of tea. No time. Maybe tomorrow… Once the garden is tended to, and the laundry folded, and the wisteria pruned into submission….
    Charmian @ The Messy Baker’s last post: 10 Reasons to Use Parchment Paper

  18. It’s pouring rain today and I was just contemplating having a baking session with Max. Thanks for providing me with the perfect recipe! I love the healthy twist.
    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity’s last post: Crispy Microwave Potato Chips

  19. Aimรฉe (hey, I think I learned how to do an accent)
    I have been putting off that which can be put off for the past 2 months, for various reasons, and have recently started to chip way at that larger list.
    One of the things in the list was cookies (band concert after-party refreshments). I like to make my dough a day or two early just to give myself multiple chunks of time, since it seems easier than finding time to mix, chill, and then bake the triple batches of cookies requested.
    I love the idea of making these in the food processor–thanks!
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  20. Good to know cookies are everyone’s comforting food. :) Hopefully you will come back from your trip feeling recharged!
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  21. Alexis Russell says:

    My best friend and I coined the term “Procrastibaking” in college when we would much rather bake than study. I totally agree that baking is good for the soul and sometimes when it all gets a little too overwhelming taking some me (or us!) time can do so much good for overall productivity.

  22. These cookies look wonderful and I love that it’s a small batch and that they include whole wheat flour! One question, the recipe calls for whole wheat bread flour which I’ve never seen in my store. Can regular whole wheat flour be substituted or will the cookies be too heavy?

  23. I just made these, and they are amazing! I’m with you on the to-do lists… they seem never-ending!
    Amy’s last post: The New Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List for 2013

  24. Love the addition of honey to these cookies!

  25. Oh yum! The flavors in this cookie are great :) I can’t wait to try this!

  26. Carlos Neufer says:

    Really tasy and good looking, I’ve finally made it by myself :)
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  27. I just made the cookies last night. They turned out really well despite not using a food processor. I did note though that my dough was very moist compared to the photos above. They turned out really soft, good, but definitely no crispiness. Has anyone else had this soft dough, could it be the lack of food processor? I will try them again and maybe add more flour? The soft cookies are fully cooked through and delish! I have tons of honey and whole wheat flour so these are perfect. And easy too. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

  28. Krinsha Peterson says:

    I’ve now made these twice and they are absolutely fabulous!
    I don’t have whole wheat bread flower, so i use a combo of white flour and whole wheat pastry four then add in some flax seed. Amazing! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  29. Is there any recipe out there that just uses purely honey as the sweetener?? This is the closest I have found. I don’t have cane sugar nor do I want to go buy it. I know… Lazy. But I am really going for a purely honey-sweetened cookie.

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