Spelt Basil Chocolate Chunk Cookies

WOOO I GOT A JOB! (I think I already wrote about this but it is more official now so let me have one more rant about it?)  I am very excited about this. I was starting to develop this fantasy/nightmare in which I never found a summer job and spent every day inside, in the kitchen, baking. Which wouldn't be so bad, except that I would have no money and then probably have to drop out of school and my hair would grow crazy long and prematurely grey and would always be intensely frizzy because of oil and kitchen fumes and I would forget to be a person who washed and... Okay, no. Probably that would not happen. Operative word: "probably".  I did find a job though, and it is great. The people who work there are all lovely and patient with my learning curve, and the costumers are so nice all the time! Granted, I've only worked 3 shifts, but I am officially on the schedule and loving it. 

I keep wishing for rain. Today is one of those grey days when the sky is constantly threatening to spill over, but never quite reaches the tipping point. My iphone weather app told me it would rain, but nope, not a drizzle in sight. I am definitely aware of the romanticism of summer showers (even guilty of it), but in all honesty I really do love the rain! Sebastian is from Vancouver, and he always tells me that if I lived there I wouldn't like it anymore, but here in Toronto I think it's totally awesome.

I have this memory from highschool I want to share (still on about the rain here btw). It was the summer between grades 11 and 12 and my mom and brother were out of town for a week. Every night I would stay up super late and binge watch Game of Thrones or Girls and eat countless crackers with fancy cheeses. This one night I was heading home around 1am from a friend's house and it was raining. I remember I was listening to Leonard Cohen and the whole world felt like this drizzling, foggy dream state (no alcohol involved...), and I got to this point in my walk, just before the bridge at dufferin and queen, and it was just so intensely perfect. I can't fully explain why, but you know when those moments just happen? For no specific reason everything just lines up and you feel this intimate connection to a place in the world. The memory of that rainy night, standing right before the bridge, has stuck with me. I can't explain why, but it's important, and I think about it every time I cross that spot.

Alrighty, on to these cookies. I think they reminded me of rain because of the spelt, basil, chocolate combo. It is so good! It sounds a little bit strange, but please try it out and I promise you will enjoy it (unless you don't like basil). The taste is more earthy than it is green. It really does remind me of the smell after a thunderstorm. The earth is all upturned and the plants are splayed across the sidewalk and everything smells fresh and deep. That is what these cookies are. I don't have a better way to describe them. All I can say is give it a shot and let me know what you think! 

Something important: Please use chocolate chunks instead of chips! They melt so much better and create these awesome puddles of gooey chocolate goodness ;)

Spelt Basil Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 20 cookies



  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup dark chocolate roughly chopped



Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make flax egg and set aside.

Mix coconut oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, flax egg, and vanilla in a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth (no clumps). Mix in baking soda and salt. Add in the flour 1/4 cup at a time. At this point you may prefer to start mixing with your hands for optimal mixability. Add in the basil and chocolate chips.

Make approximately 2 tbsp balls of dough and place them a few inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 9 minutes. They will seem gooey when they come out of the oven but do not overbake them! Let sit for about 10 minutes before devouring (ugh so hard to wait).