Claire Ptak's Kamut, Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 29, 2015
Photo by Issy Croker
Author Notes

Kamut flour is from the wheat family but, like spelt flour, it has a low gluten content. It has its own unique flavor, with a denser texture than all-purpose flour. I think its subtle nuttiness goes very well with the floral notes of Tahitian vanilla and a good milk chocolate such as Valrhona or Green and Black’s. I also love it with coconut palm sugar, for its tropical notes and less refined flavor. These cookies are best eaten warm, while the chocolate is still melted, with a glass of your favorite milk, be it whole, soy, or almond.

Reprinted with permission from The Violet Bakery Cookbook, by Claire Ptak, copyright 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. —The Curious Pear

  • Makes about 12 large cookies
  • 125 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 125 grams (4 1/2 ounces) coconut palm sugar, grated if solid
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 plump Tahitian vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 180 grams (1 1/2 cups) Kamut flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) milk chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling on top
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/355° F (160° C/320° F for convection). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat together the softened butter and palm sugar until creamy and paler in color. You don’t want the mixture to be as light and fluffy as you would for a cake, so don’t beat it for too long.
  3. Add the half teaspoon of sea salt, the egg, and the vanilla seeds and mix again until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum. Add the butter and vanilla mixture, then fold in the chocolate pieces.
  5. Scoop or spoon 12 golf ball–sized portions onto the lined baking sheet, leaving enough space between each one to allow them to spread, then sprinkle each one with the salt.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes until the cookies are a light golden color. Serve immediately or leave to cool and keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

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