Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts {Recipe}

When reader Meg wrote in asking if the substitution on the all purpose flour to spelt flour was one-to-one on my baked apple cider doughnuts, I was reminded that I haven’t baked with spelt flour in awhile. I definitely picked up a small bag the next time I was at the health food store. Spelt doughnuts sounded like a pretty good dessert for this past weekend, so I came up with a couple simple changes based on some of the other doughnut recipes here on The Chic Life to make a recipe specifically for spelt flour. The flavor – simply cinnamon.

(By the way, the substitution for all purpose to spelt is one-to-one in the other doughnut recipes)

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Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts {Recipe}
 
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Spelt flour gives these doughnuts a heartier texture that is somewhere between what all purpose and whole wheat flours would yield. If you’ve never baked with spelt flour, this would be a great introductory recipe. Easy, fast, and satisfying, these doughnuts are a no brainer. You could add a simple glaze on top, but when I’m feeling lazy, a quick dip in cinnamon sugar adds pizzazz without much extra effort.
As with my other recipes, I call this “healthier” instead of “healthy” because I’m not sure what would make a dessert healthy unless it was comprised of fresh sliced fruit. So, let’s just agree this is a “healthier” than traditional fried doughnuts…and even lighter and less sweet than some baked versions!
*Vegetarian, Vegan options listed below*
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup spelt flour (or sub all purpose flour if you’re not feeling the spelt flour)
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (preferably raw sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon, plus ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 large egg (or sub flaxseed egg)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush a 6-count doughnut pan lightly with melted butter (or spray with non-stick spray).
  2. In a medium-large bowl, add spelt flour, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another medium-large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, egg, canola oil, and vanilla extract to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (careful to not over-mix).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until doughnuts are cooked through (when a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean). (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes, but oven temperatures can vary, so check at 7 minutes)
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together (or stir with fork) ¼ cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon until cinnamon is evenly mixed in. When doughnuts are safe to touch, but while they’re still warm, dip each side into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing and twisting to get good coverage.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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Kronuts Have Hit Charlotte, NC!

When I heard kronuts were finally available in the Queen City, I knew I needed to find out more…Stat! I learned from my friend Keia’s article on Creative Loafing that Fourth Ward Bread Company was planning to kick off their grand opening with a kronut bar from 6:00-6:30pm last Friday. Naturally, I planned to be there to help celebrate and do some research for you guys.

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And, “What is a kronut?” you may ask.

Kronut = croissant + donut

Yup, you read that right! It’s the next big thing since sliced…err…the cupcake.

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Located off of Graham Street in uptown Charlotte, this new bakery is centrally located. There is a lot of construction around Graham Street for the baseball stadium, so there may be detours, but they are worth it if you can get your hands on the elusive kronut. Trust me!

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I love the open, airy feeling inside the bakery that welcomes you with a big bear hug of natural light.

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I left straight from work to hit up the grand opening and arrived just in time to see the kronuts in process.

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{Crème Brûlée in progress}

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{Lemon}

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{Crème Brûlée – complete}

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{Coffee}

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I was so excited to finally try the famous kronut. Could it really live up to all the hype? Flavor-wise, I went for my favorite – Nutella. I ordered two – one for me and one for hubby.

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However, after just a bite or two, I knew I needed more. More flakey, sweet, doughy, chocolately goodness. More edible happiness.

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Just look at all those layers. How could you not want just one more kronut?

I ended up finishing my first kronut and got two more to go (Strawberry and Crème Brûlée). I figured dinner would probably be a good idea, so I went home for savory eats before digging into my last kronut…which ended up being half of the Nutella and half of the Crème Brûlée.

I will need more of these very soon, I can already tell.

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But, Fourth Ward Bread Company has more than just kronuts! They will also be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner most nights, so check em out for all kinds of eats. Grab a nice, sunny spot to read a book. Get some treats to go. Go crazy!

Tip #1: I’ve heard the kronuts sell out in about the first hour of opening, so if you want kronuts, go early! Your dessert-stomach will thank me!

Tip #2: Follow @sugarrmann on Instagram for behind the scene photos of the delicious baked goods at Fourth Ward Bread Company!

Which do you think is ruling the dessert world – the kronut or the cupcake?

Shopping Downtown and Salt at the Ritz {Amelia Island, FL}

We spent a lot of time walking around downtown Amelia Island on our Florida vacation and made a couple stops as we went.

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I loved this cute little boutique, lori + lulu, where I got a pretty, flowy, coral top that I’m planning to wear for work and fun. Make that – I’ve already worn to work. :)

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{post-lunch ice cream}

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I loved this antique market, 8 Flags, where I found some vintage silver wear for food photo props. They had a lot of interesting memorabilia in there, so it could be fun to visit, even if you don’t think you’re in the mood to shop (though you’ll likely find something you like – they have a ton of stuff).

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After our boat tour, lunch, and ice cream, we headed back to our B&B, the Hoyt House, to relax.

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Isn’t the house gorgeous?!

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And then it was time for dinner.

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When I originally asked friends and co-workers for suggestions on a Florida vacation spot, the Ritz at Amelia Island was one of the first (and top) recommendations. Unfortunately, they’re not pet-friendly, so I’m really glad we were able to find the charming Hoyt House where Bailey was a welcome guest.

Fortunately, the Ritz does have a few places non-guests can visit, like the Spa and Salt, one of their on-site restaurant.

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Salt’s theme is pretty obvious – it’s all about the salt. There are pink Himalayan salt lamps and candle votives all around. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted by a display of various salts of all shades, shapes, and flavors – they have over 40 types!

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We decided to try the Chef’s Adventure Menu. I was a little nervous because I’m not all that experimental with my food, especially when it comes to gourmet eats. But, after talking about it more with our waiter and after he assured me he could make sure I didn’t get anything raw (sushi – ok, beef tartare – hmm?).

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Our waiter gave us two glasses of sparkling wine, I’m guessing because he found out we were celebrating our anniversary.

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There was bread a-plenty in three options. We didn’t want to fill up on this, but…

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…they had butter from France to enjoy with the bread…

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…and a cute serving dish of three of their signature salts. We started with three types with the bread and got two more with the main courses.

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So, you got to top the bread with French butter and gourmet salts. Yum! I’ve never topped bread with salt before, but it was a fun and interactive way to eat it.

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I’m so glad the kind team at Salt printed a copy of the menu for me because I would never remember all the intricate details of this wonderful tasting menu. First up, we started with an Amuse Bouche – “Strawberry Gazpacho / Toasted Pistachios / Micro Basil”. This was a great way to kick our meal off as the gazpacho was light and refreshing.

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As soon as we saw our first dish of the adventure menu, we knew we’d made the right choice.

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“1st Course: Kajiki Wrapped in Potato / Pickled Snow Peas / Yuzu Gel / Rice Crisp / Gremolata”

Isn’t this one gorgeous!? I think I would have been okay to eat this one raw (or less cooked), but since we’d already talked about no-raw-foods, the chef cooked mine a little extra. I thought it was still delicious – one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The fish had a great texture and flavor, and I really enjoyed the crispy potato outside. The little details of the micro greens and edible flowers were icing on the cake. The combination of ingredients was just so unique, and I’d never had kajiki before. Who knew I liked it? Too bad kajiki seems to come from the West coast because I would totally order this fish again. I’d love to order the dish again, too, but I’m not sure you can even do that, and it’s a little far for dinner from home anyway.

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“2nd course: Hawaiian Gray Snapper / Corn & Lobster Ravioli / Grilled Squash / Tomato Vinaigrette”

The 2nd course was another happy surprise. I’m not a big fish eater, so I rarely order it, and I tend to stick to the same types, but apparently I like Hawaiian gray snapper. Yum! But, it wasn’t just the fish, the entire plate was a playful medley of deliciousness. And just look at all those colors. I thought every bit of this was a pleasure to eat, and surprisingly, hubby said he thought it was the best kale he’s ever had. He doesn’t even like kale that much, but he enjoyed it this time.

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We had a great view of the ocean just outside and watched the sun slowly set as the skies turned from blue to pink.

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We didn’t do the wine pairings of the dinner, but I did get a glass of red to go with the 3rd course.

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“3rd course: Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin / Purple Potato Espuma / Fried Egg / Fava Beans / Morels / Chimichurri”

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We were starting to get pretty full by this point, but we kept going. The beef was very tender and had a great flavor. I loved the nice sear on the outside. And, I’ve always wanted to try morels. I feel like those are something I only see on Food TV. You guys know I’m not much of a mushroom fan, but I thought they were quite tasty and went very well with the beef. I also really enjoyed the fava beans and various sauces on the plate.

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Check out the tempura poached egg! I’ve definitely never seen that before.

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And for dessert: “White Chocolate Mousse / Caramelized Rhubarb Compote / Fresh Strawberries / Creamsicle Ice Cream”

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I was so happy dessert was light because we were truly stuffed by the end of this meal, though we were slightly crossing our fingers that we would get one of the soufflés we kept seeing at tables around us. The dessert was a unique mixture of mousse, compote, and ice cream. I enjoyed experiencing the different textures and temperatures of the components of this dessert.

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And since we were so absolutely stuffed from dinner, we took our complimentary sweets (and salts – not pictured) to go and enjoyed them on the car ride home. I also stopped by the Salt shop earlier in the week and selected a couple salts to bring home for cooking later.

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Salt at the Ritz. The service was impeccable, and the food was so unique, beautifully plated, and simply delicious. I’m so glad we tried that adventure menu because it really helped make the entire experience extra special.

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Best Desserts in St. Augutine, FL

You guys know me – I have a major sweet tooth! After our delicious dinner at The Floridian, I knew I wanted to bring home some dessert for later. What I didn’t know is that I was about to accidentally go on a bit of a dessert crawl in search of the best desserts in St. Augustine, FL.

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I spotted these chewy-looking bars on the way into The Floridian and couldn’t resist snagging one to enjoy later. They were very similar to “magic bars” with lots of chocolate and coconut. Mmm…

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We headed closer to the water, just meandering around, and wound up at A1A Ale Works, which was a recommendation from Food Blog Forum by Julie @ The Little Kitchen.

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We didn’t intend to go here for dessert – we came for the beer!

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I was ready to check out one of their drafts when I noticed that they make their own root beer. It’s not every day you find homemade root beer (which I love!), so I decided to try that for a bit of a liquid dessert. The root beer was light and refreshing, perfect for the hot summer night.

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Hubby got real beer.

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After our liquid refreshment, we continued down the waterfront towards the fort.

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I started mapping dessert options on my phone and realized that we were right at one of the tourist streets that seemed to have many of the best.

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Fudge Buckets was our first stop.

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I’ve always been a fan of fudge, but these guys had the most unique fudge flavors I’ve ever seen, including Red Wine…

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…Root Beer Float…

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…and my favorite – Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt. *drool*

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Not only does Fudge Buckets have a slew of unique flavors, their packaging is pretty fab, too. The fudge is served up in small “buckets”, so they’re easy to transport and enjoy.

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We had a great time chatting with Michelle of Fudge Buckets about all of her delicious fudge. Okay, we had a great time tasting what seemed like almost all of them, too! And we brought home 5 buckets of fudge for later.

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Side note – right next to this place was The Hyppo, which has gourmet popsicles. I wanted to try one, but once night fell it was pretty cool outside. I’ve heard great things about their popsicles, so stop by and let me know what you think!

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I wasn’t looking for more dessert at this point, but when I saw that Bon Ami had French Macarons, I had to scope it out.

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Inside, a beautiful rainbow of macaron flavors.

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I quickly selected 6 to take home, with flavors ranging from Earl Grey to Birthday Cake.

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And for our final stop, we swung by Columbia Restaurant, a recommendation from one of the girls at the Whole Foods brunch. We’ll have to come back for dinner, but on this occasion, we were in search of something sweet.

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We quickly discovered the White Chocolate Bread Pudding – (from the menu) “Our dad and grandfather’s favorite dessert,simply put, this is the best bread pudding that we have tasted anywhere we have ever visited. Our version is made with white chocolate, La Segunda Central Bakery Cuban bread, Sunny Florida Dairy milk and Florida eggs, topped with a rich Don Casimiro Classic Silver rum sauce.

Uhh…yes, please! This was exactly what we were looking for when we set out on our accidental dessert crawl. The others could be enjoyed later, but for something hot and now – this bread pudding was the ticket. I’d never seen a white chocolate bread pudding before, and it was a nice surprise. I loved the play on this classic dessert.

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With full stomachs (and shopping bags), we headed back towards Flagler College and to the B&B.

Next time – breakfast at the B&B!

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Check out the previous posts from our Florida trip here:

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By the way, sorry these posts are taking so long to get up. The stomach bug on vacay really set me back, and I’ve recently started a new project at work that has me on lock down. It’s tough when you can’t do anything with the blog or email from 8am-6pm (or even 8pm most days) I already have some yummy, summer recipes to share with you guys, so I’m hoping to get through these vacation posts pretty quickly so I can get those recipes posted! Thanks for reading!

Epcot Fireworks and Churros at the Magic Kingdom {Orlando, FL}

Our dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh ended just in time for us to catch the Epcot closing fireworks. There is a mini clip of the fireworks at the end of the video I made for that last post. Here are some of my favorite photos of the fireworks in action:

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I wanted to stay longer, but the park was closing. Luckily, the Magic Kingdom was open pretty late. So, we filed out with the rest of the crowd and took a very slow trip back to the transportation center and then to Magic Kingdom. Till we meet again, Epcot!

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When we arrived at the Magic Kingdom, there was a special show going on at Cinderella’s castle. They created all types of different scenes by casting different lights on the buildings.

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It was pretty neat, but we didn’t watch long. We wanted to go on a ride! We decided to hit up The Haunted Mansion, which is one of my childhood favorites. The line was pretty short, so I was thinking we’d be able to do a couple more rides before heading home. Unfortunately, we saw lightning above and started feeling rain drops trickling down.

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So, we looked for dessert instead. I grew up eating these churros at Disney, so they’re sort of a tradition for me. I look for them every time I’m at the Magic Kingdom. I really need to try a homemade churro recipe sometime! Anywho, hubby and I each enjoyed one of these cinnamon-sugar-covered treats.

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And while we noshed on the churros, we watched a night time parade pass by.

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We considered braving the (potential) rain, but ultimately, we were pretty tired. So, we made one more pass by Cinderalla’s castle and then took a small boat across the lake back to our hotel.

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We had enjoyed a full and wonderful day, but it was time for sleep. We still had many more Florida adventures ahead!

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Catching up? Here are some previous posts from our Florida trip:

Next time – my last Food Blog Forum post all about brunch!

Thanks for reading!

Just Right Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

A new cookie has taken the lead as my favorite cookie – oatmeal chocolate chip. The old favorite was chocolate chip. I know, it’s not much of a difference. And yet, that simple addition of oats gives the texture and flavor something special that I just love.

Of course, this meant I needed to come up with a recipe so I could make the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies just the way I like – a little chewy. I started with this recipe for butterscotch oatmeal cookies that I made a couple years ago with good success, but I made a couple changes, also looking at my dough ball recipe for some ideas. I liked the flavor and chewiness of those butterscotch cookies, but I wanted to reduce the sugar and make them less flat, plus I wanted to make far fewer cookies. I played with the recipe over several batches, about 8 or 9 over the last couple years. I started by halving the butterscotch cookie recipe, adding flour, and reducing the sugar amounts. The first couple tries were decent but not great. I thought simply adding flour would make the cookies less flat, but it didn’t work as I expected. I tried some batches with far less sugar, far less flour, different amounts of butter, using baking powder instead of baking soda, and many other variations. Each try was just okay but not just right. I tracked my adjustments and made notes along the way. Most recently, I tried doing some google research.

I did some online searching for how to make cookies chewy, and it turns out sugar is one thing that that helps make them chewy (so much for reducing it lol). Apparently using melted butter and baking soda instead of baking powder helps, too. So, I tried a couple more times, tweaking things all along the way. The final result is what I’d consider a “just right” oatmeal chocolate chip cookie – a little chewy, a little soft, and a little crispy all in one delicious package.

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Just Right Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}
 
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The ingredients are simple and the results are delicious. They whip up pretty quickly, too! I started with this cookie recipe and experimented, analyzed, and re-experimented, and re-analyzed over several batches until I was happy with the results. According to some google research, melted butter, sugar, and baking soda help give the cookie a chewy texture, so keep that in mind if you modify the recipe at home, especially if you like chewy cookies, too. Be sure you use kosher salt or reduce the amount if you use table salt instead. And mini chocolate chips distribute better than large ones, so I was able to reduce that amount versus the ¾ cup of the regular size chocolate chips I’d recommend. Hope you like these cookies as much as I do!
*Vegetarian, vegan options listed below*
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup quick-cooking oats (old-fashioned would probably work just fine, too)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt (reduce amount if you use table salt, maybe ¼ – ½ depending on how you like your cookie flavor)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly (vegan – sub Earth Balance or similar product)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (vegan – sub a flaxseed egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (or use ¾ cup regular sized chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three baking sheets with parchment paper. Note: I could bake all the cookies in one batch with 2 shelves and 3 baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, add oats, flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to evenly combine.
  3. In a medium bowl mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Make sure butter mixture isn’t too hot so it doesn’t cook the egg when add it, and add the egg and vanilla. Whisk to evenly combine.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and gently mix with a large spatula. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Using a medium sized sorbet scoop (2 tablespoon), scoop dough and evenly distribute on baking sheets, leaving about 3 inches of space in between each ball of dough.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are slightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets to room temperature. Enjoy!

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Happy baking! Thanks for reading!

Which do you prefer: regular chocolate chip or oatmeal chocolate chip?

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