You know what doesn’t get ever get old? Cookies.
Fresh-baked, hot out of the oven, a tray of them waiting for you to help yourself… cookies are one of my favorite things to bake, and probably always will be. Maybe that’s why bringing you this new recipe, riddled with finely chopped walnuts and gobs of dark chocolate, feels entirely appropriate today.
I first made them last week and have made them two more times since, during which time I have emailed the recipe to friends, mailed a fresh batch to Texas, and eaten four or five cookies in one sitting more than once. They’re sturdy and nutty, firm enough for dunking and so delicious you’d never guess they happen to be vegan.
If you were here, they’re exactly what I’d give you, with a big hug and a smile.
You deserve a treat today. Make a batch of these cookies, and share them with someone you love!Print
If you’re looking for the ideal baked goodie, these spelt walnut dark chocolate chip cookies are where it’s at. Plus, they’re vegan.
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup Sucanat
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided
- 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 4 ounces 80% dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 2/3 cup very finely chopped walnuts
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, Sucanat, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the wet ingredients: maple syrup, molasses, vanilla extract, and coconut oil..
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in dark chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Place spoonfuls of batter 2 tablespoons at a time on baking sheets, spaced 1-2 inches apart. Sprinkle remaining sea salt on top of each and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges with soft centers.
- Remove from oven. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Category: Cookie
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: spelt flour, walnut, dark chocolate
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Melt Coconut Oil, Chop Chocolate and Walnuts, and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Melt the coconut oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Set aside to cool.
Chop 4 ounces of dark chocolate, at least 80% dark, into tiny pieces. You can also use homemade chocolate chunks!
Chop walnuts finely until you have 2/3 cup total. Note that you can chop the walnuts in a nut grinder to get them more finely chopped into more of a meal if you like. Either way is delicious.
Measure out all of the remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.
Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
Step 2 – Mix Dry Ingredients
Stir to combine. Set aside.
Step 3 – Mix Wet Ingredients
Stir to combine.
Step 4 – Finish Batter
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until they are just combined.
Gently fold in the chocolate and walnuts until just combined.
Step 5 – Bake
Sprinkle the remaining sea salt on top.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges. The centers will still be soft and look slightly underbaked.
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Why Use Spelt Flour?
Spelt flour isn’t just a fantastic substitute for all-purpose flour. It adds heartiness to baked goods that really can’t be beat.
Similar to whole wheat, spelt is a whole grain that’s high in fiber and a good source of many important vitamins and minerals. In fact, this ancient grain is actually higher in zinc and protein than regular whole wheat.
In my book, this means you get to eat three instead of two at a time… Right?
But if you are trying to find something entirely gluten-free, consider buckwheat flour! We incorporate this ingredient in our deliciously chewy buckwheat chocolate chip cookies.
Looking for even more cookie inspiration? Check out the following chocolate chip options next:
What’s your favorite part about a cookie like this one – the chocolate, the crispy edge, or the soft center? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to come back to rate the recipe after you try it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on June 5, 2010. Last updated: December 30, 2021 at 17:44 pm. With additional writing and editing by Meghan Yager, Kelli McGrane, and Allison Sidhu.
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About Shanna Mallon
Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.