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Healthy Holiday Desserts: 100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 8th, 2009 · 41 Comments · Recipes, Upgraded Nutrition

I don’t understand it, but I’m going to embrace it!  I have finally made proper chocolate chip cookies, a feat I have been unable to do since getting married. They’re even healthy with 100% whole wheat flour.

100 Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was like a curse – no matter what troubleshooting I did or how I fidgeted with the recipe on the chocolate chip bag, my mom’s perfect cookie recipe, or the method I used, I always ended up with cookies described this way:

  1. flat
  2. thin
  3. floppy
  4. spread out
  5. crispy on the edges (not in a good way)

I just couldn’t do it.

Then I printed a coupon for whole wheat flour and with it came a recipe.  I finally got around to making them, changing the fats to healthy fats, and the results were amazing.  Not only is this the perfect melt in your mouth, buttery soft chocolate chip cookie, but it’s 100% whole wheat too.  I didn’t even have to use white whole wheat.  My hunch?  It’s the coconut oil.

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100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • ½ c. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • optional: chopped walnuts (Mmmm!)
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In large bowl, cream sugars, butter and oil for a few minutes with an electric mixer.
  3. Add vanilla and egg, beating until well combined.
  4. Beat in flour, baking soda and salt until well blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and optional nuts.
  6. On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart. The smaller cookies make a better shape and don't spread out so much.
  7. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until very light golden brown (centers will be soft). Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
Recipe also works with sprouted flour, but I added an extra ¼ cup.

If your first batch spreads out too much, add about ¼ cup more flour. Another alternative that helps sometimes is to give the dough a rest in the fridge overnight to allow the flour to absorb the liquids.

Ta da! How beautiful are these?

chocolate chip cookies 2

Important Recipe Notes:

I made these again some time later, and they turned out totally flat! I had to go back to this post to see if I was lying, or what? It may have to do with having freshly ground flour now, but if your dough seems a little loose, or if your first batch spreads out too much, add about 1/4 cup more flour. Another alternative that helps sometimes is to give the dough a rest in the fridge overnight to allow the flour to absorb the liquids.

I served the first batch at my real food Pampered Chef party, and they went over great.  I honestly don’t know if you’d guess that they were “healthy” if you didn’t know.

Find more Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets at Keeper of the Home today.

I have to give a Healthy Dessert shout out to GNOWFGLINS’ Peppermint Pattie Coconut Bark and Almond Joy Bark, both of which I made today.  You should have seen my in-laws eyes pop after I told them there was nothing unhealthy about this candy they were savouring.  Seriously good stuff! Find my version of the recipe in Smart Sweets.

chocolate chip cookies 3


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41 Comments so far ↓

  • SnoWhite

    these look tasty to me (minus the nuts as I’m allergic).
    .-= SnoWhite´s last blog ..Truffles =-.

  • Leigh

    I’ve cooked with whole grains for a long time but some of the concepts I’m learning from Nourishing Traditions are new, as is learning to apply them. One question I have is about soaking grains. I notice that you do that for some recipes but not for others, like this one. Are there some guidelines you can give me regarding this?

    Katie Reply:

    I’m pretty new to NT too, only about a year in. Some recipes lend themselves to soaking, but cookies don’t work – there’s no liquid in the recipe in which to soak! To make NT cookies, you’d have to use sprouted flour (either storebought or soaked, sprouted, then dehydrated and ground whole grains). Sometimes I might just skip the soaking or not put it in the recipe, especially if it was posted early on in KS before I was mentioning soaking to my readers, who definitely aren’t all NT practicers.

    I’m also not entirely convinced that soaking grains is 100% necessary. I’m in the midst of a lot of research on that right now, with a post or two to come (hopefully) soon.

    Does that answer your question about soaking? Thanks for the comment, and let me know if there’s anything else I can clear up fo ryou. :) Katie

    Leigh Reply:

    Katie, yes, thank you. Actually it relieves me a bit because I haven’t figured out how to do NT “strictly” and don’t want to give up some of our family traditions when it comes to food, especially at Christmas!

    I truly appreciate all the research and writing you do. They are a gift to the rest of us.

    Sourdough Sue Reply:

    There are several ways to reduce the phytic acid(undesirable) in grains…Soak them,sprout them, use wild yeast (as in sourdough starter in your recipe) or to a lesser degree once your recipe is made, toast it (as in breads) If none of those are possible, just enjoy those cookies anyway! No one’s life is perfection! (But those cookies may improve your less than perfect afternoon!

    Katie Reply:

    Welcome aboard, Sue! Love your name. Have you seen my soaking grains series? :) Katie

  • Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free

    I am a little nerdy (at best) and find myself wanting to see every recipe you’ve made before so I could see what I thought the problem might be…it’s a curse of mine. :)

    Thanks for linking to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!

    Katie Reply:

    We women love to give advice, don’t we? I’m a “fixer” too. Honestly – grab a package of chocolate chips in a grocery store and read the back. That was my recipe, often with a 1/2 cup of wheat germ or whole wheat flour subbed in for 1/2 cup of white flour. I tried chilling the dough, which often helped, but still not perfect. It was crazy!
    :) Katie

    Maria Chaves Reply:

    I would reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup for each of the white and brown sugars and more than likely they will not spread as much. I have reduced the sugar in my cookie recipes by half with great results. Hope this helps.

  • Mary

    Thank you for the recipe!

  • Stephanie

    Yay! A healthy cookie recipe! I wonder if you could use Sucanat or Rapadura in place of the sugar?

    Katie Reply:

    I have been told those sub in for most everything just great, but I haven’t dabbled much in expensive sweeteners. :) Katie

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  • Doylene Brents

    The cookies look great. I will try them. Thanks for sharing. Doylene
    .-= Doylene Brents´s last blog ..The Simple Woman’s Daybook =-.

  • Earth Friendly Goodies

    Well now you’ve done it…. now instead of going to bed like I should be doing I have to make a kitchen run to make sure I have the right ingredients to try your recipe. :)
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..No More Headaches with Natura Zero-VOC Paint =-.

    Katie Reply:

    EFG – LOL! These darn computers! Always keeping us out of our beds! :) Katie

  • Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

    Katie – Those look like seriously awesome cookies! :)

    I’m tickled that you enjoyed the coconut bark recipes! Thanks for linking to them.
    .-= Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS´s last blog ..Details About the Gallery of Christmas Cookies ~ Next Monday! =-.

    Katie Reply:

    Girl, you would not believe how many people I have emailed about the coconut bark. Oh. My. Yummy. :) Katie

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  • Julie

    Just made these and they are sooo yummy!! They get a two thumbs up from our house to yours :)

  • Christy J

    Wow! I just made these & they are THE best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made! Yum! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

    Katie Reply:

    My son and I were going to make these yesterday but didn’t get around to it…now I’m totally drooling! ;) Katie

  • Kim

    What would you suggest to do if one doesn’t have coconut oil? I’d love to use it, but I just have a hard time OK’ing the price.

    Katie Reply:

    You could always use melted butter for that liquid coconut oil part, but I do think the slight coconut flavor adds something to the cookies. I get it for only slightly more than a pound of butter in bulk, and refined coconut oil (without any flavor) is less than good butter. :) Katie

  • sourdoughsue

    If butter and coconut oil are too pricey, it would be worth having lard on hand. Good quality, pasture fed type or organic (so you know that the pigs were kept and fed well) Our grandmothers used lard all the time and most pastries taste good with lard in them.

    Katie Reply:

    Yes, lard is great, too, just make sure you don’t end up with hydrogenated lard, which the inexpensive stuff usually is. The good stuff is often more pricey than coconut oil. Katie

  • Kelsey

    Oh my goodness! I just pulled these out of the oven and I think I’m in love. They are the perfect consistency and the tiny hint of coconut adds so much. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Amy W

    I just left a comment elsewhere about looking for the perfect choc chip cookie recipe – every single one I’ve tried had turned into a pool of crispy butter. I’m trying this one ASAP!

  • Amy W

    I commented above about trying to make these, and I just finished the first batch. It’s a chocolate chip cookie miracle! After two years, we finally have beautiful, delicious ww cookies. Thank you so much!

    Katie Reply:

    Woo hoo, Amy!

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  • julie

    Been itching to make these & finally did! Unfortunately I’m still having problems with these – but believe it’s due to the altitude (Colorado). They taste *delicious* – but greasy. I doubled the recipe as I need to take some for snack tonight for the girls’ church activity. After the first pan I added 1/2 c. flour and after the 2nd pan another 1/2 c. If that doesn’t do it, I might try reducing the butter/oil (I’ve noticed some high altitude recipes do reduce the fat).

    Katie Reply:

    They are pretty high fat, but yummy. I wish I knew more about high altitude baking, but I’m totally not helpful! :) Katie

    julie Reply:

    Me too! :)
    Some things it doesn’t seem to matter & others it does. But I will continue to work with this recipe (I’m thinking 1/3c each of butter & coconut oil), as all who tasted them agreed they are delicious! Thnx!! :)

  • Beth

    We just made these and I think they’re fabulous! Not flat AT ALL. And very moist and gooey – just the way like my cookies. They might just be our new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  • KJ

    I decided to try and do a soaked version of these :) I just creamed the butter and coconut oil together and added a couple of heaping tablespoons of yogurt and then mixed in the flour and let it do a full day soak. I added the rest of the ingredients the next day (plus an additional 1/2 c. flour), and they turned out delicious and look beautiful!

    Karen L Reply:

    Thanks for posting your soaked-flour experience, KJ.

  • Katie

    Made these last weekend to take to a lunch – amazing! Love the hint of coconut; perhaps the best chocolate chip walnut cookies I’ve ever had. And you seriously can’t tell they are made with whole wheat at all. I’ll have to try soaking them next time and see how they do. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe :)

  • daryl r

    I just made these today with my 3 yo daughter and they were a hit. I used expeller-pressed CO instead of virgin, but kept everything the same and had no problems. I usually have the problem with the cookies spreading too much but I kept them small and they cooked PERFECTLY. I made them just over a tbs worth of dough then rolled them into a light ball. I did add quite a bit of walnuts so that might have helped too. Adding to my list :o)

  • alison

    yum… I”m making these right now, first pan is out of the oven, and they turned out PERFECT, my 4 year old is raving and asking me to call dad and tell him about the cookies waiting… ;) I did decrease the sugars to 1/2 c. each and I still think its too sweet but I always think that… my son is definitely not complaining!!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:


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