Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spelt and Rainbow Drop Cookies

My original plan was to make spelt and rainbow drop coffee ice cream sandwiches, but in the end, no one cared about the coffee ice cream I slaved over to infuse with freshly ground Ethiopian beans. It was all about the cookies (and milk). And it might have been the rainbow drops from SunRidge Farms caught the eyes of my dinner guests being my little brother and sister in law who had just arrived in Portland after taking the 31 hour train trip from Los Angeles and Justin, who only has eyes for one type of ice cream anyway. If it was up to me, I'd be allured by the groovy candy coated shades of purple, forest green and maroon. 

I used spelt flour because it has a nutty flavor - kind of like a replacement to adding actual nuts, plus it has more personality than regular AP flour along with healthier attributes. I followed a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe except that I used less butter, since I felt like I was eating baked butter the last time I followed the recipe. Plus, I am vain and want less fat on my thighs. 

*Disclosure: SunRidge Farms gave me this product, which I was glad to use because they are a green, organic, and socially responsible company providing healthy and high quality products. 

Spelt and Rainbow Drop Cookies

1 cup spelt flour
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 bag (7 oz.) SunRidge Farms Rainbow Drops or your favorite colorful button shaped chocolate candies

  • Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy, then add eggs one by one beating well each time. 
  • Beat in flour mixture. Stir in Rainbow drops. Use an ice cream scooper if possible to drop onto ungreased baking sheets. 
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes depending on size (until golden brown). 
  • Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes then remove onto wire racks to finish cooling.


Magda said...

I have never used spelt flour in anything. I have to!
Your cookies look great with those rainbow drops :)

Eva said...

I've never used spelt flour...this is the 3rd recipe I've read using spelt on different blogs! I guess it's time to try it. The cookies look delicious.

Dream of cakes said...

Cookies are always welcomed! These cookies will make my kids very happy :-)!

Maria Verivaki said...

oh, yum! i'll take a batch!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your cookies look wonderful and I want to give them a try. I've done next to no work with spelt and I think it's about time to change that. About the thigh thing - they won't help but I suspect they'll do less harm than ones made with a full allotment of butter. Have a great day, Blessings...Mary

Banana Wonder said...

Magda - You should, you should.

Eva - Spelt is trending right now apparently.

Eftychia - I could easily hang with you kids, but not in a creepy way.

Med Kiwi - trade you for some olive oil!

Mary - Haha I would love to see what you can do.

mia xara said...

The cookies look just great!!!I'm really curious to try spelt flour,I belong to the club of those that have not previously used it..Thank you for sharing!XO

Helen said...

Great idea to use spelt flour. I currently have buckwheat flour in my cupboard but I don't think it will work well with this recipe. I'm going to have to try this cookie recipe but without the tre-colore fancy chips :)

Banana Wonder said...

mia xara - you better get to it... don't let me down...

Helen - I would agree about the buckwheat, maybe a buckwheat and honey cookie would work? I've always wanted to make chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate.. maybe just to eat the cookie dough :-)

tasteofbeirut said...

Spelt flour is on my to-try list now with some urgency! these cookies look great!

Helen said...

I have to tell you that I made these cookies yesterday and I'm so smitten with them. I added Ghirardelli choco chips and used coconut oil instead of butter. Pure nirvana!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

Esi said...

They sound great. I need to try baking with alternative flours.

genevieve said...

Spelt flour sounds awesome! I'll have to give it a shot. Your cookies look delish!

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