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

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.

4.5 / 5 (1 Reviews)
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  • 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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  1. Love the classy chocolate chips cookies! tanks so much!

    Rating: 4.5
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  11. I made these yesterday and they turned out tremendous! Thanks for the recipe

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

  14. 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”? :)

  15. 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!

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

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

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

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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!!!

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

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

  26. 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!

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

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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 ;)

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

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

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

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

  35. What a sweet post! I’m loving reading these :)

  36. 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!

  37. 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… :)

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

    These cookies are fabulous!

    • 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.

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  43. 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.

  44. 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?! :)

    • 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. :)

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  46. What a great interview between you two! You have fun together :) Your wedding photo is gorgeous!!

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

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

  49. Some of your hubbies answers sounded like mine… clueless. HAHA :)

  50. 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!

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

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

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

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

    • 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.

  56. 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!

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  59. 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…

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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. ;)

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