Ready for a different chocolate chip cookie? These big treats are soft and chewy with a crisp, buttery edge. Don't let the whole wheat scare you away! (recipe here)
In my previous urban California life, before I moved to the wilds of Missouri and became an enthusiastic but clueless farmgirl, I owned a little bakery cafe. The decor was vintage, the made from scratch fare was of the old-fashioned, comfort food variety, and the cookies were always big: classic chocolate chip, chunky oatmeal walnut raisin, old-fashioned peanut butter, double chocolate chip.
Trust me when I say that guys love big cookies. I think it has to do with being able to grasp them with their oversized hands, rather than trying to deal with some dainty little thing. Big cookies are manly.
The majority of men who visited my bakery went for the chunky oatmeal walnut raisin, but if I'd had these whole wheat chocolate chip and raisin cookies in the display case, I know they would have been a bestseller.
They're soft and chewy with lots of vanilla flavor, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a crisp, buttery edge, and every guy who's ever tasted them has loved them. (I love them, too.) I gave a stack to the farrier and his son once when they were down here trimming donkey hooves, and a year later they were still talking about them.
The chocolate chips and raisins taste great together (although you can skip the raisins if you prefer), and the whole wheat flour adds to the flavor and texture without making them taste like health food. In fact, you don't even need to tell anyone they're whole wheat.
If dad likes cookies, try baking him a batch of these for Father's Day. And if for some reason he doesn't care for them, you'll just have to eat them all yourself and go buy him a tie.
As for the recipe, which I originally posted back in 2005 along with the story of my two pet chocolate chip sheep, it was given to me 20 years ago—by a man. Oh, and my hunky farmguy Joe wanted to make sure I tell you that these cookies even taste good with beer, although I recommend an ice cold glass of milk.
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