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Two Peas and Their Pod: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Monday, October 05, 2009

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Every time I am in the mood to bake, I ask Josh for suggestions, he always gives me the same response, "make your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies." They are really good cookies, a true classic, but I like to pretend my kitchen is a lab. I love experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. I get bored making the same recipe all of the time. I decided to mix things up and use whole wheat flour to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

I wasn't sure how the whole wheat flour would affect the cookies, but they turned out great! I think I love these even more than my standard recipe. The cookies were crisp on the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. The whole wheat flour added a slight nutty and wholesome flavor.

Josh wasn't home when I baked these, so I asked him to guess the "secret ingredient." He is not very good at this game, he was guessing everything but whole wheat flour. When I told him I used all whole wheat flour, he was surprised. The cookies are not dense or "healthy" tasting, they are just delicious:)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 T milk (I used skim)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

- Using a mixer, cream the sugars with the softened butter for about two minutes.

- Add in the egg, vanilla, and milk. Mix until smooth.

- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, with the mixer on low. Mix just until flour disappears. Don't over mix.

- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips by hand.

- Form rounded cookie dough balls, using about 1 T of dough. Place dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.

- Bake cookies for 11-12minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cookies sit on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes to set up. Then move to a cooking rack. Makes around 2 dozen cookies.

If you like these cookies, you might also like:
Whole Wheat Cranberry Cookies from Andrea's Recipes
Malted Whole Wheat Cookies from Cafe Johnsonia
Whole Wheat Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies from Pinch My Salt
Homemade Graham Crackers from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Ha ha- at least Josh GIVES you suggestions. When I ask my husband for ideas, he never has anything to suggest. That doesn't make life easy! These look great!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Just printed the recipe, these sound great. I might use cocoa nibs to make them more diet friendly. Love the idea of cookies with whole wheat flour!

6:29 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Josh has good taste - can't beat a classic cookie! :-D

6:33 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

hahah- my josh says the same thing :) I make mine half whole wheat half unbleached AP. I think its the best of both worlds ;)

6:46 AM  
Blogger kat said...

What is it with guys & oatmeal cookies?! My hubs will always ask for the same thing

7:02 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I can't tell you how long I've had these cookie son my to-bake list. I had some whole wheat ones at Whole Foods and was like 'ohh ok, these are good', so I need to try them.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I think whole wheat flour in oatmeal cookies actually makes them better. My boys would probably love these!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Dolce said...

I like the addition of the whole wheat flour instead of using only apf. And they look great!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Carlson Twins said...

my husband always asks for cookies when he feels like splurging. Cant wait to try these. my sister in law makes it with raisens but i just cant eat a cookie without chocolate chips!
love your blogs by the way!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

it's always nice to get a little whole wheat into one's diet, and if that means an extra cookie or two, so be it. good for josh for having a suggestion at the ready--most guys in my life say "i don't know" or "i don't care." punks.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

We love oatmeal cookies at our house too! I'll have to try your healthy version. My husband's favorite right now though is your white chocolate cranberry cookies!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

yay I get to use the print button on this one! These look and sound fantastic - when the mood strikes I will be making these!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

A girl after my own heart, for sure! These look wonderful!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Queen B. said...


9:06 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These look really great. I like using whole wheat flour in cookies.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Nosh and Tell said...

YUM! I too have made oatmeal cookies using wheat flour and I like them better too! I don't know what it is about the wheat flour but it goes so well with the oats. Will have to try your recipe.
- Whitney

10:15 AM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Love using whole wheat flour on my cookies as well! It's surprising how they almost never taste "healthy", as you said!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum my fave! So glad they turned out so well with whole wheat.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Delish..does that mean I can eat 4 more if there is WW flour in them?? LOL

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

These sound great! Nothing like a cookie that you don't have to feel guilty about :O)

10:55 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

gotta love whole wheat flour! It adds the best flavor!

11:11 AM  
Blogger sunita said...

Just my time of cookies;I almost always use whole wheat in cookies and yours looks lovely.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Ruth said...

Those look really yummy. Thanks for sharing.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I have been using ww flour with most of my baking lately and I love it. Your cookies look terrific.

1:08 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

YUM - definitely have to make these! How do you think they would do with quick-cooking steel-cut oats instead of rolled?

1:22 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

squuuuueal! my favorites!!! This looks really close to the recipe I use for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - except I use applesauce in mine (which scared me at first!). I have been using a 50/50 ration of white & wheat flour, but I think I'll try going full wheat flour next time. HOORAY FOR THIS POST! :)

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Wow these sound and look really tasty! I really need to buy some whole wheat flour!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

before this post, i had every hour between now and bedtime accounted for. everything will be shifted to make these cookies, thank you very much.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

i love whole wheat in cookies. it adds such a nice nutty flavor. these sound great!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I have so much WW flour that I need to use up. Seems like my freezer is full of it and my hubs was just complaining about it. Bet he wouldn't complain if I made these cookies! LOL

5:17 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

YUM. i need more cookies in my life :) preferably portion-controlled, though! haha

5:44 PM  
Anonymous angela@spinachtiger said...

I bake with ww flour all the time and no one ever notices. And adding that to oatmeal is so great.

6:09 PM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

Mmmm, that looks like my kind of cookie!

I pretty much always use WW flour myself and I can't ever tell!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Great job you chem lab scientist :) I think WW flour is a great addition, and with the oats, you have a really fibertastic cookie there.

And Josh is a smart dude, your cookies are always a good choice!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon-Girl Reeniā™„ said...

How great that these are made with whole wheat! They look yummy!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Kalyn-Great idea to use cocoa nibs. I will have to try those next time.

Carlson Twins-Thanks:)

Barbara-Glad your hubs loves those cookies, they are one of my favs too!

Leslie-eat as many as you want, I won't tell:)

CookiePie-I haven't tried steel cut oats, good idea though. I might have to make another batch:)

7:14 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

This recipe yields a smallish amount of dough...until you put the oatmeal + chchips in...then all is good with the world. First batch is in the oven!

p.s. promise of these cookies got jamie to do a couple of loads of laundry tonight...SCORE!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Leslie-I hope you like the cookies. I got about 2 dozen cookies when I made them. And props to you for getting Jamie to do the laundry:)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Amy J in SC said...

That's so funny..."not healthy tasting" :-] What a good idea - will be trying it next go around.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

I always feel like I've won the lottery when I bake with whole wheat flour and oats. They give the best flavors and textures to baked goods! I'll be trying this combination for sure.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Lele said...

I'm so stoked that it worked with whole wheat! Basically, I now have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is health food. I will be eating it accordingly :D

8:22 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Yay for using whole wheat flour,, your cookies look super yummy! I always put oatmeal in my ccc too, it elevates them to a whole new level!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum! I always sub whole wheat flour for all purpose. I love it!

10:25 PM  
Blogger The Caked Crusader said...

I love oaty biscuits like this with a passion!

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That's great to know that the whole wheat flour doesnt turn them into one of those health cookies that some people don't like. They look delicious! :)

4:11 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I wish I had someone to give me suggestions.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I love that Josh couldn't guess the secret ingredient... Sounds like my kind of recipe!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I love that you made these with whole wheat flour! I'm starring this recipe to give it a try. I bet my hubby can't tell, either. I love sneaking "healthy" ingredients into his food and seeing if he notices!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Mini Baker said...

yumm!! I love that they are whole wheat! (makes you feel less guilty!) I'm so excited I found your blog! I will be checking back often :)
-Mini Baker

9:05 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh yummy! i love the whole wheat spin!

11:12 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

Very cool idea with the whole wheat! I am a chocolate chip fantastic so I will have to try them with the whole wheat and do a taste test of my own.

11:15 AM  
Blogger jen said...

I am the exact same way, always wanting to do something different but hub always wants the same ol' thing; must be a guy thing.

these look great, i love that they have whole wheat

11:28 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

LOL, I like the pretending and games that go on at your house! They lead to yummy treats!

They look good Maria.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Oh! These cookies look so the idea of the ribbon around them :-)

2:19 PM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

I'll be making these soon. I'm always looking for good whole wheat cookie recipes.

2:43 PM  
Blogger CK said...

We loved these cookies!! My husband was dreaming of them and was thrilled to see them when he got home. It was also the first time that I've used whole wheat flour and it was a winner! Thank you!!!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I love that you used all whole wheat flour and still got good results. I'm always a bit afraid to substitute entirely for fear of dense baked goods. I'll have to try these!

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

Love this recipe! Healthy, yet you can't tell! That is my favorite! Great idea!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Gotta love when you can make a cookie at least a little healthier!!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

My husband never has suggestions for me. I've made ccc's with all whole wheat flour (recipe from the Everyday Food Storage Gals) and they are great. I loved the nuttiness from the wheat, too!
I'll have to try yours with the oats!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

They look terrific! Definitely another cookie recipe to try soon!

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Allison Arevalo said...

I love cookies with whole wheat flour, it gives them such a great texture. Lucky Josh to have you cook these amazing cookies for him!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They sound wonderful!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Jackie Wickens said...

I can't wait to try these, I have made a similar recipe only I changed out the butter for peanut butter and added a table spoon of ground flax. My husband loves them...okay so do I! They are so good with coffee.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Veggie Virginia said...

These are delicious. Just a week ago, the Texan told me that putting whole wheat in chocolate chip cookies was akin to clubbing a baby seal. Graphic huh? So, of course, that made me go looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe with whole wheat. I made these last night, using white whole wheat because that is what I had. He walked in the door said "cookies!!" with a big smile and promptly starting eating them. I can't decide how to break the news to him. (I made some with raisins for me-haven't figured out how to bring him around on those yet- I think they are my new fav cookie!) Thanks

10:45 AM  

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