buckwheat chocolate chip cookie

So, we’re getting married on Saturday.

For the first week after we got engaged, I embraced wedding planning with enthusiasm. Almost immediately, I went out and bought a huge stack of magazines which I diligently spent the weekend reading and making copious notes from. My lunch breaks were devoted to pinning images to my (secret) boards on pinterest and browsing wedding forums.  I lost several days to developing a ridiculously complicated spreadsheet with far more conditional formatting than was probably healthy.

It didn’t last.

To say that my feelings about getting married are mixed makes it sound like I have many feelings about the whole thing when, if I’m being honest, I don’t. I’ve never actively wanted to get married (which, to clarify, is not the same as saying that I didn’t/don’t want to get married) and I struggle to see why a 40 minute church service and a couple of signatures in a book should make any real difference to our life together or how we feel about each other. Plus, there are elements of the day  that we are both absolutely dreading but which are, sadly, non-negotiable if we actually want to end up married.

That is not to say, of course, that I am not (mostly) looking forward to Saturday. There is very little in life that I enjoy more than a good party (and goodness knows we’ve bought enough booze to make it a good party). I can’t wait for all of my favourite people to be in the same place at the same time. I am also very much looking forward to not feeling a sense of dread every time I open my email inbox (or, as my future husband put it less charitably, to a time when we don’t have to speak to our parents quite so often) and we both long ago lost any enthusiasm for discussions about ribbon colours or cutlery choices.

Plenty of ‘helpful’ people at work have told me that our wedding day will be the best day of our lives. Call me unromantic but I hope that isn’t true. The bit that I’m really looking forward to is what comes after the wedding. Which you can take to mean our married life together or the three honeymoons that we’ve got planned over the next six months…


cookie dough

buckwheat chocolate chip cookie

buckwheat chocolate chip cookies {gluten free}

Yield: 10 - 12 large cookies

I've made a lot of chocolate chip cookies over the year and this recipe is what I've ended up coming back to time and time again. It incorporates elements from all over the place but, most notably, the use of cold butter which I stole from Heston Bluemnthal. It seems a little counter-intuitive but it's all to do with the temperature and solidity of the butter at the point which it bonds with the sugar which (sort of) makes sense to me and does end up giving me the texture I want in a cookie. That's not to say, of course, that I'd ever turn down a cookie made with melted/room temperature butter. The difference is pretty marginal.


  • 115g (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 180g (1 cup) light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 180g (~ 1 1/4 cups) buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus extra to sprinkle on top if you're so inclined)
  • 150g (6 oz) dark chocolate (70%), chopped


  1. In a bowl, beat together the cold butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes or so. This is far too much work to do by hand - I either use a stand mixer or a handheld electric whisk. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until incorporated and smooth.
  2. Add all of the dry ingredients plus most of the chocolate (I like to reserve a little to sprinkle on top before baking) and beat until just combined, no more than that. I prefer the cookies when the dough has been chilled for at least an hour, if not overnight, but the world is not going to end if you bake them straight away. Sometimes you just really need a cookie.
  3. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with non-stick paper. Divide the cookie dough into large balls (I use a generous ice cream scope) and place on the baking tray. Push in a little of the reserved chocolate and sprinkle with salt if you like.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until the cookies are just golden around the edges. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 - 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish the job.
  5. Any extra dough can be popped in the freezer and baked from frozen - just add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.
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39 Responses to "buckwheat chocolate chip cookies {gluten free}"
  1. Katrina says:

    Saturday? Time flies, eh?? Couldn’t be happier for you guys! Cookies are definitely in order.

  2. Hooray!! I’m so excited for you and am feeling these things right now too. I’m going to be so happy for the day when I’m not constantly checking a spreadsheet or discovering that I put off doing one more thing :/ Oddly enough, I’m planning on posting a chocolate chip cookie next week, the week of my wedding as well :) Must be something about the comfort of the ordinary that makes it a go-to. Best of luck with everything, I can’t wait to see pictures and pretty soon, we will both be on the other side of this journey!

  3. Thank you for being so honest and candid about your thoughts on marriage and weddings! I’m in the same boat (I think we discussed this when we had dinner together in London), but always feel like a pariah whenever I share that opinion outside my circle of close friends. In any case, I hope you have fun at your wedding! It likely won’t be the best day of your life (hopefully that’ll be someday else, involving a sunny beach and a cocktail or something), but it’ll probably be a hell of a party? At least there’s that. Congrats!!!

  4. Ah, the feverish planning that turns into dread …. or something like that. Haha! Honestly, I think I ended up looking forward to my wedding more because once it was here and gone I didn’t have to plan it anymore. (Actually, I think that’s 100% accurate.) Our wedding WAS one of the best events of our life so far, but it wasn’t because we got married there, but because it was such a blast to have all of our friends and family in one place for no other reason than to party our brains out. So I hope yours is like that too. And 3 honeymoons?! Tell me more!!! I hope Saturday is wonderful! xoxo

  5. Erin says:

    Yes yes yes! I remember when our wedding was almost here the only real thing I hoped for it was for it to be over. It was a great day, and it IS great to have all your favorite people in one place, but I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of relief we had when we got into the car at the end of it.
    Good luck with it all this weekend! I hope it is a lovely day with lots of memories!

  6. Big congrats, Kathryn!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this – I felt similarly and we made the engagement as short as you can tend to make them and plan an actual wedding. Enjoy the party! Having all your favorite people in one place is truly the best. 3 honeymoon trips? That is the way to do it!! xo.

  7. Betty G says:

    I recently got married and I don’t think it should be the best day of anyone’s life. It’s just the beginning of a “formal” life together, but I can tell you it has not changed the way I think about my partner or the way we communicate with each other. In our case, we started living together after we got married but you already have that, so there is no reason for it to be a big change in your everyday life. After all, it’s just one day, and the 3 honeymoons sound so good!
    I hope you have a delightful wedding and enjoy your friends and family.

  8. I’m in for the gathering of friends and family with good food and drinks…the rest of it, eh…
    I’m in agreement about putting more emphasis on the life you two are creating for yourselves rather than this ONE DAY. People get a little nutty about making this one day completely epic. I would rather put my energy and efforts toward making the life after the day EPIC and beautiful. Anyway…sounds like we have a similar philosophy. And with all that said, have an amazing day. My grandfather who was married for 50 years gave me relationship advice, which was to never go to bed angry with each other. I’m not sure if that works for everyone, but it seems like it’s a good strategy. Your three honeymoons sound nice!! <3

  9. Charlotte says:

    I was constantly told off by my parents when I kept referring to our wedding day as the big party day. It was epic, never had so much fun with all the people that you want in one place. To me, that’s what it’s all about….. that and the long holidays (just keep calling them honeymoons) that you can totally get away with and signed off by work. The cookies look awesome too and will definitely be making a batch this weekend.

  10. OMG! Time flies! I hope you have an amazing day on Saturday and a fantastic party. I’m sure you will be a beautiful bride. Hope you share a few pictures with us?!
    P.S. Those cookies look amazing!

  11. I understand what you are feeling right now and let me tell you that the parts you dread will go mercifully quick but the parts you look forward to will go even more quickly. And the parts you dread won’t be nearly as bad as they may seem. Have a wonderful day and dance until your feet are numb! Best wishes!

  12. Kate says:

    Oh my gosh, I think I might be more excited about your wedding that you are – I’m ridiculous! Honestly though, just relax and enjoy the day – don’t let anyone tell you what to do, don’t panic if anything goes wrong and just love being with all the friends and family you love most in the world. Having said that, you’re right about the next bit – it just gets better and better with honeymoon, married life and the rest of your lives together :-) xoxoxoxo

  13. All the best for the wedding, though you are right its about the life you have together, not the day itself!

  14. Meike says:

    Congratulations Kathryn – and enjoy your party! xx

  15. Rebecca says:

    I was completely the same about marriage/wedding stuff. I did look forward to the day, but mostly because we had a blissfully small wedding with only our very closest friends and parents attending. It was great fun, but I know we both felt even more excited when we woke up the next day and had our whole married life ahead of us! We chose to have the photographer come back on the first day of the honeymoon and it was the best decision we made. It captured a whole different part of “us” than the actual day and I love those pictures so much. Have a fantastic day, and then enjoy the next stage of things and all the potential to come!

  16. Oh Kathryn I hear you! Scott and I made our wedding so small and chill to avoid the stress but it still somehow trickled in. As magical and wonderful as the day was, I barely remember it! Such a blur of a day. We always say we wish we could go back in time and be guests of our own wedding. So grateful for pictures, they captured moments I barely recall. The best part is definitely afterwards, and I’m so excited for your future life together! Its just the best. Greatest thing I’ve ever done with my life and I’m so so happy for you <3. Plus, three honeymoons?! You're doing it right, girl ;) xo

  17. Erica says:

    I’m not yet ready for marriage myself but I loved reading about your honest feelings and I think regardless, you will be a beautiful bride on Saturday! Have so much fun this weekend with all your loved ones, and congratulations!! :)
    P.S. I want all of these cookies. Those puddles of chocolate are making me swoon.

  18. When we were planning our wedding dinner, someone said to me, “This will the most important meal of your lives!” ahahahaha I still laugh about it. Really? The most important meal of our lives!? There’s a lot of hype about weddings, but! there’s some real beauty in marriage. Happy for you. Sending you all the congratulations from over here and so looking forward to meeting you both soon! xx

  19. Ashlae says:

    Darling, you are going to be an absolutely gorgeous bride. Sending you all the love and well wishes for your big day. XOXOX

  20. Congratulations, my dear! Being a dinosaur (married for 6 years already!), I can tell you without a doubt that your wedding day is just the beginning. It’s almost like a jumping-off point to the journey that is your life together, where you will learn to be committed and to communicate and to make the choice to love each other every day. That being said, your wedding is a very fun party with everyone you care about, so enjoy it. :) I wish you all the best! xo

    (Oh, and these cookies. JUST YES.)

  21. Sini says:

    I’m wishing you two an awesome weekend full of joy and love! <3

    P.S. I loved to read your honest words about that whole marriage thing, the planning, etc.
    P.P.S. Want to have a bite of those chocolate chip cookies right now!

  22. Congratulations, lovely! All the love and well wishes to you and the new hubby. And three honeymoons sounds absolutely incredible!!! xxx

  23. ohhh!! these look so perfect and delicious <3

  24. I applaud your honesty! Either way, congratulations and I hope you did have a fantastic day! I am yet to bake with buckwheat, but I feel I must. Also intrigued by the cold butter vs room temp butter… I think a taste test is in order!

  25. Congrats, Kathryn! I hope you had a wonderful and stress-free day. And yeah, I’m totally with you on that “best day of your life” nonsense. It was one of the busiest days of my life, that’s for sure, and one of the most expensive, but best? I think not. You’ll have many best days ahead of you, and may they be filled with warm gooey cookies like these.

  26. Kathryn, congrats!! So happy for you – and while i hope you had an amazing wedding day, I also hope that the days and months and years that follow will be even happier! :)

    Enjoy the new phase in life and the 3 honeymoons. that sure sounds nice!

  27. Kasey says:

    Kathryn, I hope the wedding lived up to all of your (reasonable) expectations. I totally agree with you that your wedding day is in a lot of ways, just another day. Mine was wonderful, but there have been many wonderful days since. One of the best parts was having all of our friends and family in one place. I hope you’ll share some pictures :) And by the way, the ‘after’ is the stuff I most looked forward to, too. xoxo

  28. Isidora says:

    Tried to make these cookies and they were absolutely incredible! As someone who can’t eat wheat I was super happy when I found your recipe, it finally put a rest to my cookie cravings :)

    • kathryn says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Isidora – I’m so, so, so glad that you enjoyed the cookies and that they hit the spot!

  29. Caprera says:

    Congratulations on your wedding Kathryn! The cookies look amazing and the texture so good!

  30. Congratulation! And lovely buckwheat recipe :)

  31. from a sort of newlywed (I got married last September) let me be very clear about something not enough girrrls are honest about – Being (and getting) married is absolutely awesome! Having (and planning) a wedding, totally sucks!!! Your wedding day will be the best day of your life no matter what happens, but planning and hosting a wedding is stressful and demanding and it’s totally normal to just want the whole thing to be over and/or be relieved when it is – You are not alone!!!! And now that I’m done with my unsolicited nonsense, I’m gonna shut up and eat one of these cookies ;)

  32. Lisa says:

    These cookies look so good. I reckon I can make these!

    I had 2 weddings. A tiny one in the US, and a church one 8 months later in the UK.
    I preferred the tiny one. To be fair, we only had 2 weeks to get ready for the US one. We were going out to be witnesses for friends, and they said “We’ve booked the JP, and the dinner venue – wanna get married too?”
    So we did. Them, us, and a friend doing best man/maid of honour/photographer duties.

    It was a lovely day, as was the church one. But the best day of my life? No. (Though I will admit to a small squee the first time I signed my married name, and got my Mrs Feinson chequebook.)

  33. Kel says:


  34. three honeymoons?! girl, I like the way you think! By now you’re MARRIED, and I can’t wait for the follow up post, and to hear all about the day…but until then, these cookies will hold me over just perfect.

  35. Erika says:

    Oh my gosh so you are long married by now I think, so CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope you are taking the utmost pleasure in being married and not having to deal with all those annoying wedding details anymore! And I hope you are having one after another of the “best days of your life” because three honeymoons in six months sounds absolutely AMAZING. Also, these cookies: LOVE. I’ve been on such a buckwheat kick lately, so can’t wait to try these!!

  36. Alison says:

    You’re right, the best bits come after the day… ;) btw, have to say, I just love your photography style. Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

  37. Need to see some wedding photos!!

  38. Lisa Favre says:

    Love your perspective on how the exciting aspects of a marriage should last beyond your wedding day. Happy nuptials, nonetheless!


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