Chewy, soft, and full of white and dark chocolate chips, these cookies are one of my favorite desserts!
For those of you who don’t know me, once I become interested in something I feel the need to research and read about it as much as I possibly can. Over the last few days, I’ve found myself becoming slightly obsessed with learning more about Florida’s springs and the wildlife found in those areas, particularly alligators and manatees. In the past, I’ve always been terrified of alligators and was afraid to go near any body of fresh water here in Florida. However, I’m finding that the springs are the one exception I’ll make. They’re so beautiful that they seem worth a little risk, as long as I’m cautious and aware of my surroundings. Don’t get me wrong. If I see an alligator, I’m getting out of the spring, but my initial fear is overcome by the crystal clear water, beautiful underwater crevices and caves, and schools of colorful fish.
I hope to see manatees someday too. While reading yesterday, I discovered that it is illegal to touch a manatee in the state of Florida, as they are considered an endangered species. Manatees are friendly and curious, but if you pet or harass a manatee you could get slapped with a hefty fine and some jail time. (See here if you want to know more.) Also, about 16% of recorded manatee deaths in Florida this year have been from people hitting them with their boats, as the manatees don’t move very fast and can’t get out of the way in time. That sounds painful; please watch out for the manatees. Anyway, I thought all of that was interesting. Moving on from the adorable manatees to the cookies…
Last week, I made a large batch of these Dark & White Chocolate Chip Cookies to share with my guests while they were visiting.
After eating a few, my sister announced that she was addicted to these cookies. 😉 I thought they were delicious too, and this recipe is very close to becoming my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Dark & White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened (but not melted!)
- 1 cup refined sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until blended. Beat in vanilla, eggs, and egg yolk until mixed. In a separate bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch. Add to wet ingredients, beating until combined. Stir in dark and white chocolate chips.
Using a scoop or your hands, form cookies into balls of about 2 Tablespoons each, and place on cookie sheets 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or just until edges are golden brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
~ K in the Kitchen