Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

March 2015

There are times that call for impressively stacked cakes with fluffy frostings, meticulous preparation methods and elaborate settings. There are other times that call for something more spontaneous, something simple and sweet to cap off a night and satisfy a craving.

For those times, there are these cookies!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies // www.WithTheGrains.com

Cookies can be sweet, round reminders to appreciate the simplest of pleasures. When I need to refocus on these little joys, I find it’s worth putting pen to paper, making a list and reminding myself to be grateful and content.

Slow down. Calm down. Inhale. Exhale. Bake. Share. Repeat.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies // www.WithTheGrains.com

From pen to paper, from paper to web, from frenzies to thoughtful focus, these are the joys I jotted down recently:

Puppy sighs.
Grape hyacinths and the first scents of spring.
The faded ink of aged journal entries.
The many places a camera can take you.
Discovering humility in the midsts of great talent. 
Observing and appreciating the growth of a friendship through so many phases of life.
Loving someone so much, my heart bursts at the seams!
Staying up too late petting Julep because she curled next to me in the most precious wheel, and no matter how much I snuggle her, it’s never enough.
Baking my roundest, softest, gooiest cookies to date!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies // www.WithTheGrains.com

Dogs and cookies. Cookies and dogs. This may be my new mantra for savoring the simple things in life!


Here’s to the chocolatey, gooey, round reminders!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies

About this Recipe: Made with Bob’s Red Mill organic whole wheat pastry flour, these cookies are so soft and chewy with big bites of cashews. I recommend a high quality, dark chocolate chip such as Guittard, which I recommend for their use of all natural, non-gmo ingredients. For the cashews, either chop them coarsely, or simply use your fingers to break them in half.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies


2 1/4 cups organic whole-wheat pastry flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) organic unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup organic raw cane sugar
1 cup packed organic light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs (organic/cage-free)

1 cup extra dark chocolate chips (such as Guittard 63% cacao)
1 cup cashews, very coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute.

Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips and cashews.

Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough, about 2 inches apart, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.




This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Anne Lively

    Dogs and cookies. Cookies and dogs. Cookies and collies. “Cookies” is one of the words our collies know well!

  2. shazzameena

    I appreciated your list of things you are thankful for. I used to be in the habit of doing a daily facebook update of 10 things I was thankful for that day. It helped me to end the day well and, apparently, helped others also. Perhaps I should get back to that again…

    1. withthegrains

      My friend started a FB group that did just that. The group’s list became a sort of abstracted poetry. It was lovely. I myself need to be better about habitually taking stock of my daily gratitude.

      1. shazzameena

        You’re right, it does become poetic in nature. I think partly because you take time to notice the smaller, beautiful things around you. Some days it was very hard to come up with ten things to be thankful for – but it made a difference as I went to sleep that night…in that I could somehow sleep better!

  3. laramokh

    It looks so good I love your recipes!

  4. littlmsperfect

    These looked so yum, I had to try out the recipe. It was the first time I had made cookies. And I got rave reviews!. The only thing is my cookies came out flatter than yours look in the pictures. Although, that didn’t detract from their yuminess 😀 Thanks for sharing these recipes!

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