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Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies -- soft and chewy, easy to make, and absolutely heavenly! |

TGIF, friends!

As this post goes live, I’m happy to say that I will be in CHICAGO, having just road-tripped it there with Barclay to spend a long weekend with my sister and her husband. Yay!

The first year that she lived there and I went to visit her on the most bitter, frigid, freeze-your-ears-off-in-two-seconds-flat Thanksgiving weekend in the Windy City, we struck a deal that I would be back to visit her in the future…but only when it was warmer out. So now that spring has arrived, it’s high time for a Chicago visit. And all the more fun this year getting to road trip it out there with this handsome guy by my side!

I can’t wait to introduce him to all of my favorite places (hello, XOCO!), and go for long walks and bike rides along the lake, and have my sister give us her AP-art-history-teacher’s tour of the art institute, and just generally hang out and soak up the city. When it’s warm, it’s one of my favorites. And I can’t wait to be back!

I’ll be posting some of our adventures on Snapchat (@gimmesomeoven) if you’d like to follow along. But otherwise, I wish you a wonderful, sunny, relaxing weekend wherever you may be. And I leave you with a sweet treat for the weekend — a slightly-healthier and ultra-delicious take on my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies.

These salted whole wheat chocolate chip cookies!

Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies -- soft and chewy, easy to make, and absolutely heavenly! |

Wow. One look at the pic of that dough already makes me want to make another batch stat.

Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies -- soft and chewy, easy to make, and absolutely heavenly! |

So like I said, this one is a riff on my favorite CCC recipe that I’ve been slowly experimenting with for awhile.

As the title says, I subbed in white whole wheat flour (be sure to get the white), which has been one of my favorite healthier baking swaps for years and doesn’t taste overly-wheat-y. Then I also used cane sugar, instead of the standard granulated and brown sugar. And I also used some of my favorite jagged chocolate chunks, in lieu of regular chocolate chips.

But I’ve gotta admit, the best part is all of those magical little “sprinkles” on top — flaked sea salt.

Dreamy. :)
Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies -- soft and chewy, easy to make, and absolutely heavenly! |

And when baked up into warm, soft, and ooey-gooey cookies, I guarantee that none of your friends will even guess that these are a wee bit healthier. SO delicious, super easy to make, and I’m pretty certain they may be a new favorite in your home just like they have become in mine.

So here’s to wishing you an extra-sweet weekend!

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Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 12 cookies 1x


These Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy, made a little healthier with whole wheat flour, and they’re absolutely delicious!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • sea salt flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the softened butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Fold in (stir in) the chocolate chips by hand until just combined.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop (about 2 to 2.5 tablespoons) or a spoon to shape the dough into balls, and place them on a parchment-covered baking sheet.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 10-20 minutes, or until the dough is completely chilled through.  (This will help prevent the cookies from spreading out too flat when they bake.)
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just set. The centers may look slightly undercooked. Remove from the oven, and immediately sprinkle the cookies with a few pinches of sea salt.  Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3-4 months.


*Recipe time does not include the extra time needed for the dough to chill in the refrigerator.  If you want to speed up the chilling time, you can also go ahead and roll up the dough into balls and place it on the baking sheet, and then refrigerate the entire sheet in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, or however long it takes for the dough to be thoroughly chilled.

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38 comments on “Salted Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. These look delicious! My husband and I LOVE your regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I was actually going to make a batch of those today before I saw this healthier version. One question though – would it be possible to substitute a ratio of white granulated sugar and brown sugar in place of the cane sugar? Cane sugar isn’t something I already have in my pantry. Thank you! Love your cooking blog; it’s my favorite!

    • Thank you Katie — we’re happy to hear you and your husband love those! :) And yes, we think you would be fine to sub white sugar and brown sugar for the cane sugar. Thanks for your sweet words about the blog too, and we hope you guys like these! :D

  2. Those look so yummy!!!!!! I love chocolate chip cookies

  3. These look SO amazing! Sea salt and chocolate is my fav combo!

  4. I’ve never worked with whole wheat flower in baking before. I will have to try this!

  5. omg you KNOW i will be trying these..these look absolutely like my PERFECT cookie. where do you get your flaked sea salt from?

    • Yay, we hope you enjoy them Marti! You can get the flaked sea salt from Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table (or any specialty cooking store). We usually get Maldon! It’s not cheap, but since we use so little of it, so infrequently, it’s totally worth it! :)

  6. These look absolutely gorgeous!! I need to try them out!

    Olivia xo 

  7. Oh, those big flakes of salt on those cookies are making me drool! They look amazing.

  8. Love that I can have a healthier version of my favourite treat! 

    Thanks for sharing! 


  9. these look amazing!! i bet they taste just as good :) i need to try making these soon! thank you for sharing :)

  10. I always use white whole wheat flour in baking, and it’s magical! I also love the sea salt “sprinkles” on top. I’ve recently embraced the concept of chocolate + sea salt = heaven…I don’t know how I survived before.

    Beautiful recipe! :)

  11. Thanks Ali!  Timing is perfect- I was just craving something salty sweet and I’m all about doing things a bit more healthy.  Hope you’re having a super fun time in that beautiful city.  One of my best friends grew up there and I always enjoy get aways there – so lively and fun and so much to do indoors and out.  Looking forward to your next post sharing your adventures.  cheers

  12. It’s like the universe is out to get me. Cookies are my weakness and I’m having a superbad craving for them right now. I want these like I want more cowbell!

  13. What is the purpose of cornstarch in this recipe.

    • You don’t taste it, it’s a texture thing — it just makes them a little chewier! :)

  14. Ooh, Chicago! I’ve never been. It’s definitely on my list, though. 

    As are these cookies. I’ve found some good recipes but no go-tos, so I’m eager to try every interesting version I can get my hands on. 

  15. I feel like we must have a special connection – my favorite no negotiation place I have to go when back to Chicago is Xoco too! Amazing food and churros that blow all other churros away!

  16. ooh, this looks so yumm and your photography is simply brilliant. 

  17. Hi! Seriously LOVE all of your stuff! Quick question, is the cornstarch needed in the recipe?


    • Thanks for your sweet words Casey! The cornstarch is not essential, we just like it because it gives the cookies a nice chewy texture. You can totally skip it though — either way, we hope you enjoy! :)

  18. They looks awesome

  19. thanks for shraing it.  i really like it..
    best regards


  20. Very good and easy

  21. I’ve been looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is slightly healthier than most and still tastes great. These have been the best by far! They spread perfectly and were nice and chewy. Definitely making these again!

  22. This were amazing! I made them vegan by using substitutes for the butter and egg and they were a hit!

  23. Can I replace butter with melted coconut oil? These look AMAZING btw!!