Baking | Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies … cookie l♥v

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”
Robert Fulghum

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies 1Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies … Cookies Cookies Cookies. The events of the past week asked for something comforting … the call was for cookies! Last months Daring Bakers challenge was meant to awaken the cookie monster in us, which it did. Sadly,  I never did get down to posting them.

Pistachio & Craisin Cookies Excuses? Plenty and thankfully not too lame. Exams! Then the internet has played truant. The service provider refused to acknowledge the basic problem. A month later, after trying every solution under the sun, they finally agreed to redo the wiring {which is what we asked for in the first place}. Frustrating but true, like so many other things in life. I am happy to be back to blogging with less stress.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies Of late, I’ve been bitten by the brownie monster and it was just  a matter of time before I hit cookie mode. Daring Bakers in November set me off. Made two lots {downgraded from an ambitious 5-6}. Then the posting date passed by with intermittent internet and these poor cookies went into drafts. With the net now up and racing, I thought I’d better get them out before the bells begin to jingle louder. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies and Gingerbread Men CookiesWhen the kidlets were younger, December always woke up the cookie monster in me. The jar was never empty. I was always elbow deep in dough {well almost}. My days {and often nights} would go in backbreaking baking, frosting cookies, doing stain glass cookies, hanging dozens onto the tree, making dozens more for the kids, their friends, for orders etc.

Wholewheat Gingerbread Men Cookies 2Then the ‘forever hungry for pretty Christmas cookies’ kids grew up. I fell to easier and more practical cookies to make. I hardly ever do cookies that need dressing up and fussing over. Wholewheat Gingerbread Men Cookies are an exception though; I really enjoy doing these. {Ceramics courtesy Urban Dazzle}

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt Now I consider myself lucky if freshly baked cookies even get a chance to ‘cool completely‘! Before I know it, dirty grubby teen ‘lad’ fingers hesitatingly come forward to grab a few, while the older sister bites gently into them. The two are ALWAYS game for cookies.

Pistachio & Craisin Cookies 1I started off pretty early in November. First out of the oven were Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies. Simple, crisp and delicious with craisins and pistachios adding beautiful flavour. The craisins were orange flavoured, so slight hints of orange teased the palette! Good beginning!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt 3Then I happened to see these chippers on a beautiful blog  Reclaiming Provincial. I instantly knew they were about to happen in the near future, pretty near future. I mentally ticked off everything I loved about them …

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt They are from a book I long to own {read yet another book} Good to the Grain, Kim Boyce. Wholewheat flour only. Brown sugar too. Seemed like a good deal! They certainly were! Watch them as they bake though … they can go from brown to dark brown in a heartbeat.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt 6My cookies didn’t flatten like the ones I saw. Maybe because our Indian wholewheat is heaps different from the American whole wheat pastry flour {I presume the original recipe uses wholewheat pastry flour}. Maybe the egg I used was a tad small. Whatever, but these are darned delicious cookies!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea SaltI did add a drizzle of honey; maybe I could have added another. There’s plenty of time for experimenting because these are good cookies and are going to show up more often! Sorry for the delay in this Daring Bakers post Peta.

Holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of Peta Eats is sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Deeba still I am finding time to bake the healthy brownies using whole next… will surely do it soon.. THese looks way too tempting. Merry christmas to you and your Family !!!!

  2. Loving those Gingerbread men with a heart….so much needed in today’s times :-)
    Whole wheat cookies or crackers turn brown faster than APF but I love the flavor.
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  3. What a gorgeous set of cookies! I love the look of them all :-)
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  4. Dear Deeba what nice and lovely are always yours pictures and I bookmarked these cookies I woul love to make!!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Deeba!!;)
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  5. I love how you tied a ribbon in between the cookies. That is such a cute idea for a gift. I have never heard of smoked sea salt before. I will have to look for it the next time I go to the store. It sounds really good.

  6. Both cookies look amazing! I particularly like the fluted ones.



  7. I’d have to have one of EACH, then take a looooong nap!
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  8. Even i love to bake my cookies quite often with whole wheat flour,loving them.
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  10. I love baking too but am not as perfect as you.Your recipes are awesome….keep it up.
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  11. Love your wooden box, and the cookies too! You are feeding my obsession with any-cookie-tastes-better-with-sea-salt these days:-)
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  12. These cookies bring on the festive feeling so well. love both of them and I must also mention that my little 3 and half year old loved the Santa flying and jumping on the page everytime I scrolled. thanks for that. at-least he sat still for half an hour with this little Santa.

  13. love the ginger bread men with heart!!

    aah, to be back breaking at home….i wish i can chuck my job and do that :)
    sometimes i really envy you <3
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  14. Wonderful clicks dear…really admire the pictures a lot….
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  15. I am amazed at the way you turn something sipmple into someting exotic and stunning, your truly an artist!
    When I see the pics its more n more clear that its not the pictures, its the person behind who creates the magic :))
    Have a Merry Christmas Deeba!
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  16. Deeba! They look absolutely delicious. I am loving the fluted one .

  17. Both the cookies are looking lovely Deeba! Happy Holidays to you.

  18. Deeba,
    The cookies look fabulous! Love that they are whole wheat. A little less guilt :)
    Can’t go wrong with the craisin pistachio combo, I bet! A must try.
    ps: Love your antique wooden box

  19. Thanks for sharing this. Made the choc hip cookies today and loving it :) I think you have missed to mention when the honey should be added ? I added it at the end nevertheless :) love,love,loooooove ur blog

  20. You did such an amazing job with your cookies. Happy Holidays!

  21. I love them all! The gingerbread men are adorable and the pistachios craisin cookies are so pretty and probably the ones I grab first from a cookie tray. All so beautiful, Sistah! I hope you guys have a wonderful, joyous and happy holiday season xoxox
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  22. Pooja says:

    Deeba, gorgeous pics as always & awesome recipes. Tried the whole wheat cookies….turned out great!!! Definitely a keeper. Think you missed the honey bit. I ded it right after the egg & the essence….but would still like to know when to add it. Thanks :-)

  23. OOhh… LOVE the Pistachio Craisin cookies.. I will definitely be making these since have a surplus of pistas:-)

    Gorgeous pics as always, Deeba.. Have a great year!
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  24. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt and Fluted Pistachio & Craisin Cookies … Cookies Cookies Cookies. The events of the past week asked for something comforting … the call was for cookies! Last months Daring Bakers challenge was meant to awaken the cookie monster in us, which it did. Sadly, I never did get down to posting them.
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