03 June 2012

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Yummy Melt in Your Mouth Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Holy happy accident batman!  I was trying to make mini cookie cakes but got a little um... inspired in the process and started substituting pretty much anything and everything in sight.  I wasn't entirely sure the result would be edible [baking and I don't get along] and I got the surprise of my life when my fluffy cookie cake resulted in buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.  

Yummy Melt in Your Mouth Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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what's in it?
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2/3 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped [optional but delicious!]
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp salt

inspired by Chocolate and Carrots, adapted by moi
the mini tart pans came in a 6pk from bed bath and beyond - I use them for all my desserts and quiches latley.  Love them so!


get baking!
Preheat your oven to 350F and melt the butter.  Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar together to incorporate, then add vanilla, almond extract, and oil and beat.  Next slowly add dry ingredients and mix.  Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.  After spritzing your pans with a little spray oil [I use a mist-able grape seed oil], spread dough into 5 mini tart pans or one large pan.  To use my favorite technical term, "smoosh" a thin layer of dough in each pan.  Bake on center rack at 350F for 15-16 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before serving.

Yummy Melt in Your Mouth Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

so... how was it?
Swoon worthy!  I love chocolate chips as much as the next girl, but the walnuts and almond extract were what made me weak in the knees.  So good!  Buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your-face amazingness.  They reminded me a LOT of the Sandies shortbread cookies I used to bribe my Food Science professor with.  Er... maybe bribe is a strong word...  let's just call it a reward for putting up with me.  Regardless, these tasted professional --  Score!  Cookies aren't notoriously healthy, but with whole grains, dark chocolate, grape seed oil, and raw walnuts... not bad if you ask me! =)

Yummy Melt in Your Mouth Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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38 comments:

  1. YUM!!  sounds amazing in every way!

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  2. Love that you have used whole wheat flour in these and the sprinkles are so cute!  Looks like baking and you are getting along ;)!

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  3. Haha thanks Amy! Someday maybe i'll get along with baking as much as you do! =) Hehe -- judging by the batter on my ceiling though, its not likely! Hope you're having a great weekend gorgeous! xo

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  4. DROOOOOOOOL!!! When I saw you post pics on instagram I knew I was gonna fall in love with this haha :D

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  5. Haha thanks A! Dude this is by far the BEST shortbread of my life!

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  6. Laura @ Sprint 2 the TableSunday, June 03, 2012

    Grape seed oil?  I love it!

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  7. UMmm, almond extract. And I love the pink sprinkles.  Of course they are delicious!

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  8. Look at you baking away!  These look REALLY delicious!  I want one!

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  9. LiziheartvegetablesSunday, June 03, 2012

    Oh my gosh Jenn, that sounds SO GOOD!!!

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  10. Anna @Crunchy Creamy SweetSunday, June 03, 2012

    (swoon) Adorbs! Love the sprinkles :) And you are telling me you don't get along with baking.. pfff! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Those look great, I love how you put them in the little tart pans, perfect!

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  12. Anna @ The Guiltless LifeSunday, June 03, 2012

    Jenn I know you say you're not much of a baker but these look seriously phenomenal!!! I think you're a secret master baker in disguise - cannot wait to try these the next time I'm jonesing for a treat (as in, in about 5mins...?) :)

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  13. These look amazing!  Also, you have the most adorable way of laying out and explaining recipes. <3 <3

    Pinning it!!!

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  14. Amazing cookies! Especially considering you were just winging it =)
    Maybe you should wing it more often!

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  15. Yum!!  I haven't seen a dessert recipe from you in a while, and this one looks delicious.  Now that I FINALLY have an oven again (hooray!), I need to try this out!

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  16. cragsandveggiesMonday, June 04, 2012

    MMMMI love cookies, and with whole wheat flour I can say they're healthy too!

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  17. Mmmm, that looks delicious. Love those choco chips in the background :)

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  18. Perfect little accident :) ! Shortbread + chocolate + walnuts and almond extract... yum!! Plus they're adorable :)

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  19. YUM!!! I haven't baked in For-ev-errrrrr. It's just not my thing but I do love eating what everyone else bakes haha.

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  20. Thanks Kristina!!!! The BEST accidents are by far the edible ones =) Hope your week is off to a great start! xo

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  21. Sabrina JacksonMonday, June 04, 2012

    These look fantastic! Gotta love when accidents turn into something delicious!

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  22. looks so good! I don't bake a whole lot, but I wish I did bake more!

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  23. I can only imagine how delicious this would be due to the almond extract!  Mmmmm great job, girlie!  these look truly divine AND adorable.  

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  24. Kate @ Chicken Nugget GirlMonday, June 04, 2012

    Yum! I'm definitely going to make these. :)

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  25. Oh my! I LOVE shortbread. This is one of those...I am so glad you shared, but wish I didn't know this existed type things. Yumm-o!

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  26. Jessica_AKitchenAddictionMonday, June 04, 2012

    I could totally go for this right now! I like the sprinkles. :)

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  27. Yum! I adore shortbread! I'd have to 86 the almond extract. I can't stand the stuff, but maybe coconut extract?!? Delish. 

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  28. These look unbelievable. Want. Right. Now!

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  29. Not only do these sound delicious, they are adorable!!

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  30. pinning these right now! have to make them asap!

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  31. these sound so awesome!! i'll be trying them soon!

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  32. When you say whole grain, do you mean very healthy, low calorie whole grain chocolate chip cookie or just slightly less calories than a regular choc chip cookie so that when I eat the whole batch I'm eating 1900 calories instead of 2000??

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  33. LOL! Even low calorie cookies shouldn't be devoured in a whole batch! A full cookie sheet of veggies would still have side effects on our bodies [haha like gas!] -- I haven't put them through a nutrition calculator yet but the whole grains give them fiber and the lack of eggs makes them allergy friendly for some folks. But a cookie is still a cookie -- a treat! =)

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  34. The grapeseed oil is what caught my attention. I have to try these cookies. Thanks for the recipe. I love going through your space here too - it's lovely :)

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