development – our best bites: spelt chocolate chip pecan cookies

The kiddos love to make cookies…they rarely eat them once they are cooked…I think their favorite part is the mixing and measuring of the ingredients.  I’m always trying to make cookies that are wheat/gluten free, but still taste like cookies.  Going without for so long, my taste buds are a bit tainted, but I’ve declared these my favorite attempt at traditional chocolate chip cookies. 

I think the quest for the perfect choc-o-chip cookie began my sophomore year at BYU.  My roomies: Jen, Nancy, Amy, and I were learning to cook for the first time away from home.  We each took a day of the week to cook for each other.  Amy’s week brought a large crowd of her brothers and their friends.  One week, my Grandpa Chancy and Grandma Reva came over for dinner in our small apartment.  They were so cute to come. 

Another week Aunt Nellie came for dinner.  She was always so good to my roommates to invite us over for games, general conference, pies, a Sunday roast, and more.  We wanted to make a special dinner for her.  We baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  The cookies were the best we’d ever made.  They never rose or spread out.  Somehow we’d not followed the recipe and the result was delightful.  For months we tried to recreate the recipe by leaving out different ingredients: an egg, or baking powder.  Unfortunately we never did figure it out.  But we had a great time trying!

spelt chocolate chip cookies

3 1/2 c spelt flour (I blended some spelt berries in the blendtec)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter (16 tbs)
1/3 c raw honey
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tbs vanilla
2 c chocolate chips
1 c chopped pecans

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Did you cook with roommates in college?  What are your most memorable successes/failures?

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