This cookie combines 2 of my favorite things- ancient grains, and chocolate chip cookies. Once you try these Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies you will know exactly what all the fuss is about.
What Makes These Cookies So Good?
This cookie recipe has all the things to love about a good chocolate chip cookie. They have a great flavor, are chewy, and loaded with tons of chocolate chips.
Using einkorn flour adds a delicious nutty flavor to these cookies. If you have never tried baking with whole-grain flour, you might be surprised at the flavor they add to your baked foods.
The einkorn flour also adds a more robust texture than you are used to as well. Refrigerating it overnight helps add chewiness, but so does the ancient grain flour.
- Einkorn flour- You can buy Einkorn flour. If you want to get a little more involved, I love to grind my own grains in my Nutrimill grain mill. The einkorn grains are purchased from a local Idaho farm.
- Baking soda- This is my favorite leavener, and I use it in almost all the cookies I make.
- Salt- it only takes a touch, but these cookies won't be the same without it.
- Butter- Make sure the butter is softened before you start making your cookies.
- Brown and granulated sugar- Both sugars make the best chocolate chip cookies. They add a chewy texture and flavor.
- Vanilla- Pure vanilla is the best choice here.
- Eggs- these add structure and flavoring to the cookies.
- Chocolate chips- dark chocolate chips are ALWAYS my go-to. If you like something a little milder, semi-sweet or milk is great too.
- Walnuts- These are optional, but they sure add something so good to these cookies!
How To Make
Start by mixing your flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set it aside.
Next, cream your butter with the sugars for several minutes until it is light and fluffy. Make sure and scrape the bowl down every minute or so. This will ensure that all ingredients are well blended.
Add in the egg and vanilla. This time when you mix the dough, only mix it to combine. The dough can get overmixed pretty easily. Scrape down the bowl. Now add in the flour mixture. Make sure again, not to overmix.
Scrape one more time. Last are the chocolate chips and the walnuts. Mix only to combine.
From here, do not bake right away. I know you might be tempted, but don't do it. The flour needs time to hydrate. It is best chilled overnight, for 8-12 hours at least.
I like to make it one day and bake the next. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shape your cookies and bake until the edges are just barely browned.
That is it! These cookies are delicious hot, warm, cool, chilled, and even frozen. I have tried them every way you could imagine, and loved them all!
Make sure if you are buying flour instead of grinding that you loosen the flour with a fork. The flour will get compacted in shipping and storage. Loosening it up will get a more accurate measurement of what I measured with mine.
I promise you NEED to chill this dough for a substantial amount of time. Einkorn cookies are best if the flour is hydrated.
When I was testing this recipe, I tried baking right away. I also tried at 2,6, and 12 hours. By far, I liked the texture of the 12-hour one the best. With many grains, you can hydrate the flour quickly, einkorn seems to take more time.
2 things to note about baking with whole grains, do not overmix, and do not overbake. This will result in a tough and crispy cookie. Let me explain more...
Make sure once the eggs are added, you don't overmix. The protein in the eggs will cause the cookies to get tough if they are overmixed in any cookie, but even more so in whole grain cookies.
Also, when you are baking, don't overdo it. Unless you like crispy cookies, then go for it! Whole grain flour absorbs more moisture and this is noticeable in baked goods. I will always underbake just a TOUCH.
Does einkorn flour have less gluten?
It has the lowest glutenin out of all wheat. So, yes it does have less gluten. It is important to note that it is NOT GLUTEN-FREE. That is a common misconception that you should be aware of.
Can you freeze these cookies?
You sure can. The cookie dough can be frozen, or the cookies can be frozen after they are baked as well. I love this make this dough ahead of time, scoop out the cookie balls, and then freeze the balls. Then, when I am ready to bake, I thaw as many as we want to bake.
Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 ¼ cup einkorn flour I freshly grind my flours, if you do not, make sure and loosen the flour with a fork. It will compact during shipping and storage. Then, spoon it into your measuring cup. This will keep the flour light.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup softened butter 2 sticks
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed you can also use light brown, I just love dark brown.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs room temp
- 1 ½-2 cups chocolate chips I always prefer dark chocolate, but you can use whatever you like.
- 1 cup chopped walnuts these are optional, but add great flavor.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- In your mixing bowl, cream the butter, granulated, and brown sugar until they are light and creamy. This will take about 2 minutes.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla. This time only mix to combine. You don't want to overmix once the eggs are added in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix just barely again.
- Next are the dry ingredients. Add these in and mix, again, only mixing to combine.
- Last is the chocolate chips and walnuts if you are using them, again mix to combine.
- Now, you might be tempted to bake the cookies right now, but don't do it! Einkorn flour really seems to need overnight hydration. So, cover the cookies and let them chill in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
- The next day, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Scoop your cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. You don't have to use parchment, but it makes cleanup so easy!
- Make sure and space the cookies out a bit as they will spread slightly. I bake 10 per sheet pan.
- Place them in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes. The edges should be golden brown. Only the edges though. These cookies are easy to overbake, so keep an eye on them!
- Remove them from the oven. You can eat them when they are warm, cooled slightly, or even chilled. I promise they are good any way you eat them!
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!