Tuesday, January 15, 2013

taos double chocolate chip cookies

i write a blog celebrating spicy, hot food from all over the world.  so you would think i would be in trouble during food network's chocolate chip cookie week at comfort food feast.  happily, i have the perfect recipe...double chocolate from cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate chips, good-for-you because they are made with white whole wheat flour*, agave instead of sugar and extra virgin olive oil instead of butter and they get a bit of a kick from ancho chile powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

does that sound like an odd combination?  i have fallen in love with the mexican hot chocolate served here in new mexico. it is made with the same spices i used in the cookies.  hey, if it works in the cocoa...why not cookies?  give them a try....you may fall in love too!

taos double chocolate chip cookies
(makes 24)

1 1/2 cups unbleached white whole wheat flour*
1/2 cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp coarse grey sea salt
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 organic egg
1 tsp pure vanilla ( i like madagascar)
1/2 c organic flaked coconut
1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips (60 % cacao)

preheat oven to 325 degrees. line 2 baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper. set aside. sift together all dry ingredients into medium bowl. in separate small bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, e.v.o.o, egg and vanilla. pour wet ingredients into dry and, using a wooden spoon, stir until combined. fold in coconut and chocolate chips. drop by tablespoons onto prepared sheets (i use a medium ice cream scoop). bake for 15 minutes and let sheets cool on racks. you can store in airtight containers for a couple of days...but best the day they are baked.

** i love unbleached white whole wheat flour, whole wheat which has been milled from the lightest wheat kernels...so light they are almost white. contains all the fiber and nutrients of regular whole wheat but lighter in color and taste. note...this is not white flour...the color is light brown when baked. i like the king arthur brand**

it is chocolate chip cookie week at food network's "comfort food feast". check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends:
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Breakfast Bars
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies
What's Gaby Cooking: Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Lemon Bowl: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
From My Corner of Saratoga: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Napa Farmhouse 1885: New Year's Resolution Chocolate Chip Cookies
Made By Michelle: The Best Blondies, Ever
Cooking With Elise: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sweet Life Bike: Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chip Cookies
Virtually Homemade: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Cultural Dish: Chocolate Chip Cookie Goodness
Thursday Night Dinner: Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Dishin & Dishes: Chocolaty Chocolate Chip Cookies
Daily*Dishin: Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Cookies With Pecans
Devour:5 Takes on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
FN Dish: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe you would like featured? feel free to post or link in the comments section of this post.

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