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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies {appreciation post}

A healthier spin on the original, these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are everything you want in a cookie: a little chewy, a little crispy and a lot decadent.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies - a no-fail recipe | RachelCooks.com

There’s this guy, Ben. I’m kinda crazy about him.

Kind. Brave. Strong. Faithful. God-fearing. Handsome. Funny.

That list could go on, and on and on.

When my friend Amanda of i am baker suggested that a bunch of us food bloggers all post on the same day about our better half that sits across the table, it was a no-brainer for me.

So today, I made Ben his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

And the real treat is for you, because I did a little interview with my man so that you can get to know him better.


Rachel:  What is your significant other’s favorite blog called?

Ben: What is your favorite blog?

Rachel: Yes, mine.

Ben: Rachel Cooks? I don’t know what the heck you read.

Rachel: What is my favorite prop?

Ben: Your favorite prop? The wood deck? That new white stuff you got?

Rachel: New white stuff?

Ben: Bowls or something? White marble?

Rachel: That marble board?

Ben: Yeah, that.

Rachel: I do like that.


Rachel: What is the weirdest thing you have seen me do for a blog post?

Ben: Buy ice cream for a recipe and then eat it all before you made the recipe.

Rachel: If you could have your own blog what would you call it?

Ben: LifeAndLiberty.org

Rachel: What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

Ben: I’m an assistant principal. Hobbies? Reading, working out, spending time with my wife and kids.

Rachel: Who does the dishes?

Ben: You and the dishwasher except when you’re at work. I pull my weight though.

Rachel: I know! Just because you don’t do dishes doesn’t mean you don’t pull your weight.


So that’s my hubs! Barely scratches the surface, but as you can see, we have fun. I kinda like him.


He loves original chocolate chip cookies and he’s always open to trying something that is a little better for him. Don’t get me wrong, these are still a treat, they are chocolate chip cookies after all, but I like to focus on small changes that can add up and make a difference in our health. Deprivation is not the answer — at least not for me. I like to keep a big batch of this dough in the freezer and Ben cuts off a couple chunks and bakes them when he’s craving a chocolate chip cookie. Sometimes I even bake them for him. Or for myself.


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

A healthier spin on the original, these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are everything you want in a cookie: a little chewy, a little crispy and a lot decadent.


  • 2 and ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a mixer (or you can do by hand), cream together butter, shortening, sugars, vanilla and water. Once creamy, beat in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto cookie sheet (about 1-2 tablespoons each), and bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden brown but still slightly soft in the middle.



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112 Responses to “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies {appreciation post}”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 12, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Ha, the eating the ice cream made me laugh out loud because I would do the same thing:-) Love these cookies!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      Haha — I’ve had one recipe in mind and I have bought the ice cream for it four times now I think. I should just forget about making the recipe, lol. Ben helps eat the ice cream too, though…for the record. 😉

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

    LOL I love the ice cream comment!!! Your wedding photo is gorgeous!!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:34 am

      Thanks friend! He knows me well, lol!

  3. Amy @Very Culinary — September 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Wait. Doesn’t every food blogger eat the ice cream before they use it in a recipe? 😉 These are so fun. Love!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      haha I’m sure it has happened to us all once or twice. Right? Right?!!?!

  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hahaha. My husband had a similar response to the “favorite blog” question.

    And hey – I made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, too! Woohoo. 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:43 am

      Guys love the classics, don’t they? 🙂

  5. megan @ whatmegansmaking — September 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

    So fun!! I ran out of time to do this post, but now I’m wishing I had! And the one question i asked my husband was my favorite blog and he answered mine as well haha. They truly have no idea how many blogs we read…

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      You should still do it! 🙂 On his birthday or something. It would be fun 🙂

  6. Amanda — September 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    LOL Your hubbies answers remind me of mine… he was so baffled at what my favorite blog was… and here I thought I was always going on and on about the blogs I love!! Ben seems like an amazing hubby and dad… you two are adorable! Cant wait to try these cookies too!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      Thanks Amanda! I am pretty blessed. 🙂 Thanks again for organizing this fun post!

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl — September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Very cute- I wish I had seen this project, I’d have love to have participated! Love your cookies, and that first photo…. WOW!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks Lori! Sorry you missed this one and weren’t able to participate 🙁 It would be fun on your husband’s birthday or something though! Thanks! I keep looking at that first photo and thinking I should have left the other ones off, lol.

  8. Christina — September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Cute post! I love the interview between you two. My husband would probably answer similarly! Beautiful photos of these cookies, especially the first one.

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      Thanks Christina! xo

  9. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — September 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Your wedding photo is super beautiful! Great interview great COOKIES!!!!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      Thanks so much Heather!

  10. dixya| food, pleasure, and health — September 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    you guys look so beautiful in that wedding picture. I agree- smaller changes are better than deprivation.

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

      Thanks Dixya! xo

  11. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    YES I am not the only one who has done that with the ice cream, lol. You guys are adorable. Seriously. Thanks for sharing this lady!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      Hehehe– yeah….I’ve done it multiple times. Which is why typically I don’t keep ice cream in the house! 🙂 Thanks Erin! xo

  12. Betsy @JavaCupcake — September 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Some of your hubbies answers sounded like mine… clueless. HAHA 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      haha yeah — so funny!

  13. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — September 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I am loving all these posts so fun!! And your kiddos look just like your hubs!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      I know, right?! No denying they are his! 😉

  14. Stef — September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    So fun! And, yes, funny that both our men said our own blogs were our favs. Love the healthier cookie idea! 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      Thanks Stef!

  15. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — September 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

    What a great interview between you two! You have fun together 🙂 Your wedding photo is gorgeous!!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      Thanks so much Zainab!

  16. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats — September 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    That dishwasher questions keeps cracking me up on everyone’s posts. It’s like the guys all of a sudden go oh no I prolly should be doing this…how do I justify it?! 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      haha I know! Too funny! I clean up after dinner and get to watch him play with the kids and he says “thanks for dinner and for cleaning up,” every. single. time. That’s more than enough to keep this girl happy. 🙂

  17. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Can’t wait to keep reading these – so many husbands had the same answers! Love that you eat ice cream before you make the recipe, sounds like something I would do.

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      haha I can’t keep ice cream in the freezer for that very reason!

  18. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — September 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I love that photo at your wedding! How cool is it you wore flip flops?????

    These cookies are fabulous!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

      hahaha I’ll let you in on a secret…I got married BAREFOOT. I’m such a hippie (no, I’m not…not at all…farthest thing from it, actually). My dress was barely long enough and my husband is only a few inches taller than me so those things together led to no shoes. My mom was not happy about it! lol. No one could see. At least that’s what I told myself. Then I threw the flipflops on for leaving the church and during the reception. Crazy, right? 2 dollar flip-flops from Old Navy no less.

  19. Nikki @seeded at the table — September 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    LOL! Am I the only one who thought I was supposed to ask what HIS favorite blog and prop is? oops!

    So, is it weird that I went to lifeandliberty.org? Nothing came up, unfortunately. haha

    And, how the heck did you take that first cookie photo? VERY cool!

    Tell your Ben that he and my Ben need to meet someday. Sounds like they’d get along well… 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      HOW is there not a lifeandliberty.org already? That’s nuts!

      Photo: Luck. 😉 White back drop, white surface and then I added a little brightness. Or something. Luck.

  20. Kate@Diethood — September 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I can’t stop laughing about eating the ice cream! I have done that on a couple of occasions…the recipe has yet to make it to the blog.
    That photo is so awesome!! And your shoes ROCK!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      Thank you! I left a comment further up regarding my whole wedding shoe situation. 🙂
      I still haven’t made the recipe with the ice cream either, lol!

  21. Sues — September 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What a sweet post! I’m loving reading these 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      Thanks Sues!

  22. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

    BAHAHAHA! The ice cream comment is priceless! And the wedding photo of you too, gorgeous!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

      Thanks Lauren!

  23. Meaghan — September 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    “White stuff you got.” That is awesome!!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      lol! At first I’m like…huh?

  24. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — September 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    These are so fun to read! Great wedding pic of you guys! And these cookies….LOVE!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

      Thanks Kristy!

  25. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — September 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Love, love that first cookie photo! I also love your wedding photo. Ice cream doesn’t last a long time around here either

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      Thanks Jamie!

  26. Taylor @ greens & chocolate — September 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I wish my husband’s favorite cookies were made with whole wheat! These look delicious. His answer about you eating the ice cream before using it for a blog post is hilarious! Ohhh the life of a food blogger 😉

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

      Haha, well he probably prefers them with white flour but he likes to eat healthier foods so he’s happy with these 🙂

  27. tanya — September 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Ha, eat the ice cream and then eat it all ! I love that! You two are adorable and you are both very lucky people to have found one another! I’m lucky to have found these cookies!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

      Thanks Tanya! 🙂

  28. Javi Trulove @T3treats — September 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    My congratulations on you lovely wedding.. and the cookies looks adorable!!! love the classy chocolate chips cookies

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

      Thank you!

  29. ashley - Baker by Nature — September 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    You look so beautiful in your dress! And these cookies?! Wow. Gorgeous photos, too! xo

    • Rachel Gurk — September 12th, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

      Thanks Ashley!

  30. Rachael @ Set the Table — September 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Yes! I love the ice cream answer. Hilarious. These posts are so fun to read. And I was with Nikki- I totally thought I was supposed to ask about his favorite blog/prop. Oh well- still great to read all the different answers and discover some new-to-me blogs!

  31. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — September 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I usually don’t do “healthy” desserts, but these look so perfect!

  32. Cassie | Bake Your Day — September 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I can picture the conversation happening in my mind…the back and forth is pretty much how ours went down too. I love this!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

      Thanks Cassie! 🙂

  33. Diane {Created by Diane} — September 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Oh I NEED to make these cookies, they are better for me…so I can have more, right?
    Loved getting to know your hubby, and I love that you ate the ice cream!!!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

      Absolutely! You can have a whole bunch…on top of ice cream! 🙂

  34. Aggie — September 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

    aww, loving these hubby posts! and the pictures of you guys, so sweet! The cookies look perfect!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

      Thanks friend!

  35. denise — September 13, 2013 at 6:24 am

    those cookies sound really good–and you didn’t make the flour half all-purpose like some whole wheat recipes do

    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

      Thanks Denise! I do that sometimes but then I wouldn’t label them “whole wheat” as that would be very misleading. 🙂 I love the chewiness that the whole wheat flour adds.

      • denise — September 13th, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

        I’ll have to try it–I love my cookies a bit chewy

  36. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — September 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    ahahahaa! Aw! I love all these questions! So cute! And your hubs has good taste (well I mean obv. he chose you :P)-these cookies look AWESOME!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 13th, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

      aww, you’re so sweet Kayle! Thank you!

  37. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Aww, I love this! What a sweet post dedicated to your other half. Love these cookies, too!

  38. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What a sweet post – gotta love our great guys! Awesome cookie recipe, too! Can never pass up a good Chocolate Chip Cookie. 🙂

  39. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    This is such a cute post! My husband is the same way about props and such!

  40. vanillasugarblog — September 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I wish I had all kinds of props.
    HA! I have is parchment paper!
    I haven’t made a whole wheat cc cookie yet.
    In all the years of blogging…crazy!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 16th, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

      That is crazy! Get on it! 😉

  41. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — September 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Those cookies look soooooo good!! It’s 9pm and I’m already battling a sweet craving – your pictures are sheer torture!! So did you ever figure out what your hubby meant by “white stuff”? 🙂

    • Rachel Gurk — September 18th, 2013 @ 8:28 am

      I think he was talking about my white marble board, but I have a lot of white stuff — lol! White dishes are my favorite.

  42. bea — September 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I just made these and they’re SO awesome. thank you!

    • Rachel Gurk — September 23rd, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      So glad you liked them!

  43. Hal — November 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I made these yesterday and they turned out tremendous! Thanks for the recipe


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