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. But it's okay to treat yourself in moderation, and these Whole-wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious. Bake a big batch and freeze some for later.
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Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies from 100 Days of Real Food

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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  1. Can I make the dough and refrigerate for a few hours and then bake when ready? I’d like to serve cookies fresh out of the oven but don’t want to mix ingredients in front of guests.

  2. I made these but used maple syrup instead of white sugar, my daughter loved them. I have tried many of your recipes and am happy with all of the ones I’ve tried so far.

  3. 3 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly, using all whole wheat pastry flour. When the cookies were done, all I could taste was flour. What did I do wrong? I’ve made chocolate chip cookies before and that’s never happened. I even followed the recommendations for chilling the dough.

    1. Hi Karin, I’m sorry to hear that they did not taste great to you. One of our readers suggested measuring it by weight instead of volume since whole-wheat flour is heavier and it made a difference for her baking. – Nicole

      1. I hadn’t considered weighing the flour. That sounds like a great idea. Thank you, I”ll have to give that a try next time. Now I have to figure out how much it would weigh so I get it right! By the way, my kids still loved the cookies. I meant to mention that earlier.

  4. 5 stars
    Just here to say that I LOVE these cookies!!!! Back in 2014 we made 32 batches as part of our “welcome bags” for our wedding. Making them right now for a dinner party– They are ALWAYS a hit! Butter and refrigerating really is KEY!

  5. Hi, I love your site and have enjoyed many of your recipes BUT I can no longer follow you because of so many distracting pop up ads.

  6. I just made these with gluten free flour and followed all the other steps and these are literally the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. Thank you Lisa for all your hard work putting these recipes and site together. I also have both of your books and they are my go to’s before anything else.

  7. Can I substitute the brown sugar and white sugar for honey or maple sugar? These sound good and easy to make but I’d like to cut out all the processed sugar.

    Thank you

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. Using liquids would change the consistency. If you experiment, let us know how it goes.

  8. 5 stars
    Just made these with my almost 2 year old and I have to say they are yummy!! Next time I will try all whole wheat. Is there a reason you did the recipe with some white flour? Do you have a better recommendation to replace the white flour? I’m just starting to branch out to new flours!

  9. 5 stars
    I love a good chocolate chip cookie, and these were amazing!
    I must add that I used local honey instead of white sugar (equal amount) and I also used all whole wheat flour and they turned out perfectly!
    I am making a double batch (to be able to freeze one batch).
    I hope they freeze well.

  10. 5 stars
    Yum! We bake often, more than we should, and enjoyed these cookies. I have never chilled my cookie dough before making these. Not sure if it was from chilling, but these puffed up nicely while baking. I like that they are “healthier” with the whole wheat flour.