Recipe: Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (with sugar!)

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This is very out of character for me, but today I am posting a dessert recipe made with sugar! Yes, regular ol’ white (and brown) sugar. And here’s the reason why. We wholeheartedly agree that junk food is okay in moderation, but as I’ve said before I think junk food can be broken down into two very different categories

Traditional Junk Food vs. Artificial Factory-Made Junk Food

Now if you are a real food junkie like me, and you get a hankering for something sweet, I would much rather you eat something like these homemade cookies as opposed to a bag of Chips Ahoy. Not only would this homemade version taste a great deal better, but they would also be better for you due to the following reasons:

  1. They are made with mostly whole-wheat flour.
  2. They don’t contain high-fructose corn syrup or artificial additives.
  3. They can be made with organic ingredients.

Another reason I am posting this recipe is because some who just recently switched to “real food” may not have a good recipe in their files for homemade cookies and cakes. Before our family’s drastic transformation to real food I used to solely rely on Betty Crocker boxed cake mixes for birthday celebrations. When it came time to celebrate the first birthday after our “100 Days of Real Food” pledge I was at a loss for making a homemade cake from scratch. So this cookie recipe will be the first of a (very small!) series for those of us that want to occasionally indulge in something extra special without having to rely on mass produced food.

So just to be clear this is one of the few recipes on this blog that would not be “approved” during the “10 Days of Real Food” pledge, but this could also be the perfect reward after working hard to successfully complete your pledge!

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Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (with sugar!)
Serves: Makes 16-20 cookies (just enough to not "over-indulge"
  • ⅔ cup whole-wheat flour, pastry or white winter wheat recommended
  • ½ cup white flour (or can use all whole-wheat instead)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons), slightly colder than room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients with a hand-held whisk including the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large, separate bowl use an electric mixer to cream the butter. The butter is the KEY ingredient in this recipe and for best results it must be “slightly” colder than room temperature. I usually take my stick of butter out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a half hour or so before making the cookies. If your butter gets too soft/warm you can alternatively chill the cookie batter after mixing everything together.
  4. Add the egg, both sugars, and vanilla to butter until well mixed. Scrape sides of bowl as necessary.
  5. With the electric mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in batches) to the butter mixture.
  6. With a large spatula stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. If you have time, and for the very best results, it is recommended that you chill the batter for 10 – 15 minutes before putting the cookies in the oven (even if your butter was the perfect temperature!).
  8. Put spoonfuls of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7 – 9 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

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248 comments to Recipe: Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (with sugar!)

  • Kara

    These are Wonderful!!!! I made them with 100% whole wheat flour. Instead of refrigerating the whole batch, I just popped the pan in the freezer for 5 mins. before baking. I also baked them on the top rack, so the bottoms wouldn’t over bake, for about 9 mins. The were just as good as regular…..maybe even better…..yummy :-)

  • HeatherH

    I made these for the very first time the other day, and they came out great! They were fluffy and moist, not all thin like the ones you would buy from the store. They had a great taste to them, and I will be making these from now on! I ended up using mostly the King Arthur white- whole wheat flour. I will say that my husband didn’t like them as much as I do, but he will eat them and that is all that matters! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

  • Paige

    Oh my goodness these are so yummy! I just made them with
    my 3 year old and they are a big hit. I did the wheat white combo
    but next time I will try all wheat.

  • Renu

    What do you think about chocolate chips that are using Stevia (they sell them at Whole Foods). Helps cut down the sugar?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Renu. Lisa doesn’t really use stevia. She buys the Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips also available at Whole Foods. ~Amy

  • Danielle

    Are these cookies good to make ahead for a trip or maybe freeze?

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  • Jennifer

    I love this recipe! As is, makes a delish cookie. I have made it with 1/2 butter 1/2 coconut oil when I was low on butter and they turned out great as well. For a vegan version I have made 1/2 coconut 1/2 applesauce to sub for butter and it turns out a delish pillow cookie. Thanks for a great recipe! Would love an oatmeal chocolate chip recipe one day…. :)

  • SS

    I am not a baker in any sense. I have messed up cakes that come in a box. But these turned out GREAT!! Gave them to my toddler who has never tasted chocolate chip cookies before and he loved them. I’ll be making these again. Love knowing what’s going into the food I’m making for my son. Thanks again!

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