CHOCOLATE CHIP & BUCKWHEAT COOKIES … Hot Cross Cookies for Easter!!

“And if the Easter Bunny had wings, he would fly.”
John Reeves
Back from a short holiday and back to the mundanities which include making breakfast! Why do vacations come to an end so quick? Egg time with the kids on an Easter break … Roald Dahl inspired hot house egg for junior, and French toast for the daughter. Bored out of my mind, I began to look for something more fulfilling to do. Eggs remind me of Easter and I decided to put the empty egg shells to good use.
I love doodling, so I emptied the eggs out carefully after making a tiny hole at one end. Also thought I would make some buckwheat chocolate chip cookies a little later in the day. That offered me the bonus of more egg shells, and importantly the added bonus of egg whites for macarons for MacTweets! Egg-citing times to kill boredom!
Egg shells rinsed well, bereft of all eggy smells, I piped some white acrylic paint designs on them and let them dry. I would have liked to do them with stickers like Bethany, but couldn’t find any small stickers, so paint seemed the next best option for unedible egg shells. I would have loved to make Kinder Surprise Eggs like Joy, but too late; I didn’t boil them nor did I remove the inner membrane with my pinky finger!! Wasn’t sure how acrylic paint would react to boiling, so all plans abandoned.  This time I’ve got to be happy with Easter eggs safe in their nest with colours I like. The daughter chose the blue one as her fave, the son liked them all!
To make Sunday more worthwhile I made chocolate chip buckwheat cookies, buckwheat being my recent obsession, and a surprisingly welcome addition to these cookies. It offers a nice bite to the texture of the cookie, making them crisp and delicious … healthy too. The deep colour of the cookie is due to this dark nutty milled seed flour, which darkens on contact with liquid. Not very pretty cookies to look at, but pretty delicious!!
Energizing and nutritious, buckwheat is available throughout the year and can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge. While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavored, dark honey. 
I made these cookies a while ago for the first time. At that time, I had used a lower ratio of buckwheat to flour as in the recipe below. At that time the weather was cooler and so 3 egg yolks worked well. My experiment was inspired with my success using this alternate nut flour in this Double Chocolate Espresso Biscotti.  This morning, I made them with equal flour and buckwheat, 3 egg yolks,  and they were still delicious, though they spread a teeny bit. With summer firmly set in and temperatures touching 40C, I think 2 egg yolks should work better to arrest the slight spreading of the cookies.
I made them into hot cross cookies because I didn’t have the time or energy to make hot cross buns, though I would have liked to! A theme, a holiday, a festival, an event all inspire me to think and mak something relevant. I love the connect, and so lavished some ‘hot crosses‘ on the cookies using a mixture of powderd sugar and a little milk! Happy Easter Sunday!!

CHOCOLATE CHIP & BUCKWHEAT COOKIES

Makes 3- 31/2 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup vanilla sugar (or granulated)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
3 egg yolks (save the whites for macarons!!)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Method:
Place both flours, salt, baking soda and chocolate chips in a bowl and stir to mix well.
Beat butter, both sugars, egg yolks and vanilla extract till light and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
Fold in dry ingredients and mix uniformly. Drop with a tbsp or cookie scoop on ungreased sheets.
Bake about 15 minues till light golden brown.
Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute, and then completely on racks.
Note: I made a second batch with 1 cup plain flour and 1 cup buckwheat flour, and those came out very nice as well. You can do either, or even substitute the buckwheat for whole wheat flour if buckwheat is not available.
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Comments

  1. Barbara @ moderncomfortfood says:

    So pretty, and the use of buckwheat flour for the cookies is a wonderful innovation. Many thanks, as always, for sharing your great recipes and beautiful photos of them.

  2. Shabs.. says:

    Beautiful and stunning pics!

  3. Easter eggs looks so very pretty Deeba!! Buckwheat recipes sound so good!!

  4. Sue Sparks says:

    You are so creative and your photography is exceptional! Beautiful! I could use one of those cookies right about now:)

  5. Katrina says:

    Mmm, the cookies look and sound great and for some reason, I think I have some buckwheat flour right now!

    Love the eggs, but especially love the face on the big cookie smiling at me!

  6. Pavithra says:

    Stunning pictures.. beautiful eggs too. Lovely texture to the cookies makes me drool.

    Pavithra
    http://www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

  7. Tangled Noodle says:

    You have the wonderful ability of elevating the humble cookie and empty eggshells into works of art! It's nice to know we can indulge in treats like these and that they're made with such healthy ingredients! I need to get some buckwheat flour asap . . .

  8. Bellini Valli says:

    A wonderful Easter to you and your family Deeba. Your eggs would be a special treat to receive and decorate with. The cookies are not too shabby either!!

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What pretty eggs and lovely buckwheat cookies!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Mark @ Cafe Campana says:

    I have always wondered what the macaron obsessed do with the yolks. Now I know. Sensational recipe, these cookies look great.

  11. Su-yin says:

    Loving those pretty eggs, the intricate designs have me in awe!

  12. Heather Davis says:

    The eggs look gorgeous! I did do some chocolate ones with my daughter but the whole process was so messy. Good to eat though. The biscuits look really wholesome and tasty. Great post!

  13. La Table De Nana says:

    Your eggs are beautiful!

  14. Madhuli says:

    Love love love the eggs!beautiful..captures the real spirit of the season!and lovely cookies..i now have BW flour!thanks again for that..

  15. Andre @ CocoaSensations says:

    The cookies looks so lovely but what amazed me most is your eggs. It looks beautiful and colorful, especially the pink one. Thumbs up for your creativity.

  16. Smita Srivastava says:

    The cookies love so pretty n yummy . Love the pix too n of course the cute crafty eggs !!

    Smita
    @ Little Food Junction

  17. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    There is a baroque feel to your eggs. They are so beautiful!

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    I agree, why do holidays seem to pass at a much faster speed than regular days? And why can't we have 4 day weekends all the time? :P They look wonderful Deeba and I hope that you and your family had a fabulous Easter! :D

  19. Gloria says:

    This look absolutely beauty Deeba you really amazing me. How ever your pictures are georgeous! huggs, gloria

  20. shayma says:

    deeba, these look so pretty, so dainty. youre a star! i love the photography- makes me feel like Spring is here. lots of love and hugs, shayma

  21. best bread machines says:

    Those eggs and pictures are really beautiful!

  22. Megan says:

    I love your eggs. What a beautiful decoration! And the cookies look killer. I love the look of the texture.
    I hope you had a lovely Easter!

  23. Jamie says:

    So creative and so very pretty!

  24. Monika says:

    I live your colorful easter eggs, and cookies too. Lovely! Happy Easter!

  25. Rambling Tart says:

    Ohhh, you know how happy I am to see buckwheat cookies, Deeba! :-) They look wonderful, especially with those beeeyoootiful eggs. :-)

  26. These are absolutely gorgeous and stunning. I do so love the colours of the eggs … it is so spring!

  27. kellypea says:

    So many pretty shots of those gorgeous eggs! I'm a little slow to try buckwheat having only tried it in pancakes. I like it quite a bit like that, but haven't tried anything else with it. I like a nice cookie with texture :)

  28. Arlette says:

    Delicious cookies… and gorgeous looking Easter Eggs …so pretty
    Happy Easter to yu and your family

  29. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    Your eggs look so pretty, I must try and make some next year – hopefully by then Ted will be able to restrain himself from crushing them!!!

    Lovely biscuits too.

  30. Anushruti says:

    You are simply awesome Deeba! The commitment, creativity and energy you bring to your blog is stunning!

  31. Manggy says:

    You could also give the cookie dough a bit of a chill (perhaps for 2 hours or so) to decrease the spreading while baking.

  32. Federica says:

    wow sei bravissima!!!

  33. Barbara says:

    Clever idea, Deeba! I use buckwheat flour in pancakes, but never would have thought to use it with cookies. Going to try it soon. And I love your eggs!!!

  34. Purnima says:

    Just amazing art form..loved ur minute detailing, perfect eggs, lovely colors, beautiful patterns (signature pattern :}) Too beautiful to gaze at – simply!! Feel good factor site Deeba!! (Jus read many of ur posts all together, Pune is awesomely covered by you..though I hv been several times these are still new to me! :D Tks to you for posting -not only visual treats but travelogues as well!)

  35. Mowie @ Mowielicious says:

    Oh wow Deeba! Such pretty eggs – hope you had a lovely holiday!

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