Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chances are you’ve seen these cookies. I am, in fact, a full two years behind the buzz. See, when Kim Boyce came out with her Good to the Grain cookbook in 2010 the blogosphere went nuts for these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. Orangette was sold. Marisa of Food in Jars raved about them. Sweet Amandine called them home. And me? I kept making my old Martha Stewart standbys like a sucker. Typically baked goods that call for whole wheat flour still use half all purpose flour to keep the texture in check. But these little daredevils use 100% whole wheat flour. Would that really be good? Wouldn’t they be dense little pucks?


I should have had more faith, both in Kim Boyce and in my fellow bloggers who lost their minds over these cookies. Because of course they’re that good. They’re firm and chewy, rich in flavor, sweet but not too sweet. They’re perfect. And they call for 2 cups and sugar and 2 sticks of butter so there’s no way you can call them health food. But maybe, just maybe, you can feel a little bit better about yourself because they’re packed with wholesome whole wheat flour.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Don't be intimidated by the whole wheat flour in this recipe. These chocolate chip cookies stand up to any you've ever had.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Yield: Makes about 20 cookies
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a large baking tray with parchment.
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. Put the butter and sugars in another large bowl and mix until fully creamed and combined (a stand mixer makes easy work of this).
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each one is incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until just fully incorporated (use your hands if necessary).
  6. Scoop the dough, a few tablespoons per cookie, onto the baking sheet. (At this point cookie dough can be formed into balls and frozen on a baking tray before being transferred to freezer bags or containers in the fridge.)
  7. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Kosher dairy, Vegetarian


53 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. kitchenriffs

    Yup, I’ve been in the skeptical camp about these too. But you’ve sold me – I’ll definitely have to give these a try. (Or suggest them to my wife – she’s by far the better baker.) And who can resist a picture of cookies and milk? Love the overhead shot. Thanks.

    • Katherine

      I know, I held out for as long as I could! But I’ve never had so many recipe requests for cookies as when I shared these. I hope you and your wife enjoy them! And glad you like the overhead shot, thanks!

  2. Ann

    Delicious! I keep thinking of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and want to make some version of them….these sure do look amazing!

  3. Hannah

    Love these cookies! The whole wheat works so well with the chocolate. I like trying different flours and Kim Boyce’s book is a great resource. I just made her crumble bars using rye flour and they were terrific (and included lots of butter!).

    • Katherine

      It really does! I don’t experiment nearly enough with different types of flours, I’d like to start. I’ll have to check out her crumble bars, thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Tina@flourtrader

    I have actually never had a cookie made with whole wheat flour, but it sure looks like it works deliciously. I will need to try to make better use of that flour and cookies are a great way to start! Inspiring post.

    • Katherine

      As I mentioned I’ve used whole wheat flour in cookies and baking before, but never entirely whole wheat! But these just work. Thanks so much Tina! I can’t wait to hear how your ventures with whole wheat flour come.

    • Katherine

      Haha I love it – I keep hearing this again and again. I’m happy I wasn’t alone in my trepidation! Anyway, I am sure you will love them Liz. Your family will be happy to be guinea pigs 🙂

  5. Liz

    Did you see Saveur’s list of the top 10 viral recipes? I think this was on it. I haven’t tried it, since I’m 100% in love with the NYT chocolate chip cookies (another recipe on that list). I wonder how they’d turn out with whole wheat flour …..

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Hmmm maybe the “whole wheat” part makes balances out those extra butter and sugar part? =) I’ve been seeing so many delicious cookie posts lately and I wonder how I’m going “not” to make these delicious cookies! Impossible! It seems like this is one of special recipes that we all should keep!

  7. Betty

    I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m definitely putting them on my short list. They sound yummy, and there’s always room for another chocolate chip cookie recipe. 🙂

  8. Kristina

    love love love these cookies! I made them the other week and they were delicious. And the whole wheat cancels out the 2 sticks of butter right..? 🙂

  9. Montina Portis

    I made this recipe last night and they are AMAZING! I used imitation vanilla extract and sea salt substitutions because I did not have pure vanilla extract or kosher salt on hand. The cookies were soft and buttery. I will definitely be making these again andy I’m going to be back to your blog. So happy!

  10. Cari

    These were Great!! I used 3/4 of a cup of extra lite tasting olive oil. My Husband had one when he got home and said ” I thought you were making Healthy cookies…”

  11. Sara

    I just baked these and MAN ARE THEY GOOD! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! The smell of them when they come out of the oven are absolutely heavenly! Thanks again 🙂

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