Thick and cakey whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookie project, part 4

My last batch of chocolate chip cookies tasted great — rich, gooey, sweet — but didn’t bake up as thickly as I wanted. During my research for another option to try, a photo for thick and cakey chocolate chip cookies caught my eye. The description sounded similar to what I’m going for, and I liked that it used the melted butter technique.


Thick and Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Process notes

  • cut the recipe in half
  • used 200 grams of freshly-milled hard white wheat flour
  • reduced chocolate chips to 3/4 cup and used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
  • used 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt instead of the flakes as written
  • baked a few a froze the rest of the dough balls for later


Following the recipe baking instructions resulted in flat cookies, so I did some more reading online and found a trick that someone recommended. Instead of placing the sheet in the middle of the oven, a thicker cookie could be achieved by baking for 6 minutes on a rack placed high in the oven, then 6 minutes on a rack placed low in the oven. Today I pulled the shaped dough balls out of the freezer to give this a try. It worked! The cookies are actually thick and cakey with this technique.

I’d like to try this baking trick with dough that hasn’t been in the freezer, to see if the result is the same. I also encountered distinct differences in the cookies because I baked some on a heavy, light-colored sheet with a Silpat mat (these spread a bit more), and the others on a cheaper, medium-colored sheet with parchment (these were taller and darker on the bottoms). My methods are obviously far from scientific, but at least I’m learning things here and there.

These cookies are not very sweet because of the increased flour and the extra dark chips. They’re a nice alternative to the intensely rich and sweet Cook’s Illustrated recipe that I made last time. They’re excellent milk dunkers.

I’ve also found so many references to how good the original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is that I’d like to give that one a try using the two-rack trick.

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