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Welcome to your new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! A healthier cookie loaded with chocolate chunks, a toasty hit of whole grain buckwheat flour and flaky sea salt.
I adore chocolate, but it’s been forever since I’ve fallen head over heels in love for a chocolate chip cookie.
Don’t get me wrong — when a craving for cookies hits, it’s often a perfectly chewy-crunchy chocolate chip cookie that hits the sweet spot.
Or, if it’s gotta be nothing but chocolate, then Double Chocolate Whoppers are the only cookie for the job.
But — these salty-sweet chunky cookies, jam-packed with big, melty chocolate discs and whole grain buckwheat flour are something else.
The recipe is based on one from Umber Ahmad, whose New York City bakery, Mah-Ze-Dahr is a little jewel-box of exquisite sweet confections.
Her creations from pastries, breads and cakes, all seem to have a special twist of spice and fragrance beyond the expected.
When I first saw these cookies, I was immediately Intrigued by the flecks of buckwheat grain and the sparkling shards of salt sprinkled on top.
They’re out-of-this-world delicious, with just the right chewy-tender crumb and beautiful rustic-looking appearance.
It’s one of the rare cookie dough recipes I’ve made that didn’t require any tweaking.
I’ve been baking batches of these over the past few months, and the cookies never fail to impress.
Buckwheat flour in chocolate chip cookies
Buckwheat flour in cookies adds a subtle nutty flavor and texture, as well as beautiful flecks of color.
In baked goods, the flour lends a fabulous rich flavor, almost like dark caramel with a slightly bitter undertone.
I keep a bag of buckwheat flour in my freezer to make Buckwheat Pancakes, but was so happy to find another treat to bake with this healthy whole grain flour.
Can buckwheat flour be substituted for all-purpose flour?
Buckwheat is a popular substitute for all-purpose flour, especially in some gluten-free cookie recipes.
But for this particular cookie, I don’t recommend replacing the all-purpose wheat flour called for with buckwheat flour.
That’s because buckwheat flour is milled from the buckwheat groat, which is technically a seed or “pseudo-grain.”
The flour is a powerhouse of nutrients, full of fiber and healthy antioxidants.
In baking, buckwheat flour typically performs best when it’s combined with other softer grain flours, which help make a perfectly textured cookie.
Chocolate wafers for baking chocolate chip cookies
Regular chocolate chips are made with additives such as emulsifiers that help them keep their shape after baking.
Instead of chocolate chips, I often use whole chocolate bars chopped into chunks when I bake chocolate chip cookies or my favorite Bittersweet Chocolate Rosemary Olive Oil Quick Bread.
The chunkier texture and oozy meltiness you get with chocolate chunks is a small detail that’s so worth it.
Chocolate wafers are my latest discovery, and I’m completely hooked on them
Chocolate wafers make extra-oozy chocolate chip cookies.
They deliver the same luscious chocolate texture as a chopped-up bar of chocolate, only they’re conveniently shaped for baking on the fly.
My favorite brand of chocolate wafers is made by Guittard, and they’re what I used in these cookies.
Of course, it’s not necessary to use chocolate wafers to make these cookies – I would hate for you to miss out on how special they are!
Please just use your favorite brand of chocolate chips or chunks and carry on.
Buckwheat chocolate chip cookies pro tips:
- Take the butter out of the fridge to soften before mixing the dough. Depending on the temperature of the room this could take 20 minutes to 1 hour. To test, gently press your finger onto the butter. It should feel cool to the touch, and leave an indentation (but not sink right in, which is too soft).
- The basic equipment you need: Two mixing bowls, an electric mixer, rimmed baking sheets and parchment paper. A stainless steel scoop is perfect to make evenly sized mounds.
- Gather and measure your dry ingredients: Flours, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, kosher salt and flaky salt.
- Plan on chilling the cookie dough for at least 2 hours before baking. Why chill cookie dough? A cooling period re-solidifies the butter and helps the cookies spread less in the hot oven. Hello thick, chunky cookies!
- Preheat the oven for 20 minutes to be sure it’s reached proper temperature. For all every day baking, I highly recommend using an inexpensive oven thermometer to make sure your oven is accurate.
Salted Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: About 20 cookies
- 1 ⅓ cups (200 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup (55 g) buckwheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 tablespoons (140 g) salted butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup (100 g) packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 ounces (285 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate wafers, I used Guittard or chocolate chips
- Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
- Whisk the flours, baking soda and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
- Put butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on on medium-high speed using the paddle attachment until pale and fluffy, 2-4 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Lower the mixer speed to "stir" and add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined and no flour is visible. Add the chocolate pieces to the dough and stir until they're combined.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days ahead. Bring the dough to room temperature before scooping.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Scoop 2-tablespoon-sized balls of dough and arrange about 10 balls on each baking sheet, 2-inches apart. Sprinkle a little flaky salt over each.
- Bake 15-17 minutes, rotating the pans from rack to rack and front to back halfway through baking time, until the cookies are just set when you gently press with your finger. Cool on the sheet pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Karen’s Notes and Tips
- Baked cookies can be frozen up to 2 months.
- The unbaked dough can be scooped and refrigerated up to a week ahead. Just bake off as needed and enjoy!