Whole Wheat Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Typically, I am a regular ol’ chocolate chip cookie girl.  I began making chocolate chip cookies when I was about eight years old, and made them almost daily in the summer when we had hired hands helping us on the farm.  I can make chocolate chip cookies in my sleep.  I don’t have to even think about the ingredients or the measurements while I make chocolate chips cookies.  And shucks, if I do say so myself, my chocolate chips cookies taste pretty good.

Lately though, my boys have been asking for something a little different.  What!? They don’t want the same chocolate chip cookie over and over and over?  C’mon.  Change is hard for me.  And if I really care to admit it – thinking is often hard for me as well.  I’d rather make something that is a no-brainer, thank you very much.  Don’t they understand?

Okay, fine.  A change of pace in the cookie department every now and then is nice.  Which is why I played with a chocolate cookie recipe to make it healthier.  We all loved the way it turned out.  And if you throw some homemade white chocolate chips in these, you’ve got a fantastic “healthy-ish” cookie.

By the way, if you don’t feel like taking the time to make homemade white chocolate chips, I completely understand.  Just know that regular store bought white chips typically have hydrogenated oils and corn syrup in them, which I recommend avoiding if at all possible.  I did find some healthier white chips at Whole Foods a few months ago that were “clean”, and I noticed that VitaCost and Amazon had some too – so hey, all is not lost!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

3 eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/2 cup  melted coconut oil (butter would also work)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground flour from hard white wheat.)
1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Whip together eggs, cocoa, and sucanat.  Stir in melted coconut oil, baking powder, and vanilla.  Mix in flour until a nice dough has formed.  Fold in white chocolate chips.  Spoon teaspoon sized balls of dough on to a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Bake in a 350° for 8-10 minutes.  Allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for about five minutes before removing.  Makes about 24 cookies.

The dough just looked too yummy, so I had to take a picture.  Kind of makes you want to reach into the computer with a spoon, doesn’t it?

These cookies are soft, sweet, and slightly coconutty if you use virgin coconut oil.  (Use expeller pressed coconut oil of you don’t prefer a coconut flavor.)

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?  Do you ever get into a cookie rut?

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  1. Michelle says

    These look yummy! How many does the recipe make? I’m thinking this would be a good treat for our childre’s ministry tomorrow night. Also, do you think you could use agave nectar in place of the sucant or brown sugar?

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    Laura Reply:

    I’d say this recipe makes about 24 cookies – I always forget to add that information to my recipe posts!!! (I’ll edit it and add that in.) :)

    I don’t use agave nectar so I can’t say for sure if it would work or not.

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  2. says

    Mmmmm!! I love chocolate chip cookies!! DH likes them w/o the chocolate chips!?!?? Oh well, that just means mine have more chips and that’s always a good thing! We make all kinds of cookies though – snickerdoodles, sugar cookie cutouts, molasses cookies, drop sugar cookies. I’m sure there’s more. If I spent half as much time making healthy food as I did cookies, we’d loose those extra pounds in no time! :)

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  3. Bek says

    These sound good but I hear you on the need for no brainers (I have not slept in almost 3 years – there is not much going on upstairs these days!) However, if my kids were the age of yours, I would tell them THEY are welcome to make whatever kind of cookie they would like ;) Do you ever have your boys cook with you? My plan is to teach all my kiddos (both genders) everything I can about cooking and slowly transition kitchen duties as they grow. My 2 year old stands on his stool next to the counter and adds ingredients for me. I am teaching him already to be close but respectful of the hot stove and oven and he is doing very well. If you have taught them to cook – do you have tips on raising them cooking? Sorry if you have posted about this before and I missed it.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, my boys definitely have learned to cook with me – I should post about that more often. I’ve even written a couple books about it: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/teaching-your-kids-to-cook-and-learn-to-cook-now-available-in-our-shop.

    However, it’s interesting that as they get older, they have less time to help in the kitchen because of their involvment in other activities. Your comment has reminded me that I need to be more intentional about putting them to work in the kitchen when we can squeeze it in. :)

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  4. Leona says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I absolutely love the fact that your recipes have the option of being truly homemade from scratch.

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  5. Kristin says

    Some of my favorites include chocolate chip (of course) as well as white chocolate macadamia, oatmeal butterscotch and sugar cookies. Though, I often cheat and use real sugar here, since I make cookies so infrequently. A cookie for me HAS to be chewy and honey just didn’t achieve that. I also recently found a recipe for homemade oreos that turned out well. (I love fake outs!) The cookie part was also great for making pie crusts called for in dessert recipes.

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    Marie Reply:

    Oooh! Can you share the oreo cookie recipe please? It is one thing I haven’t figured out yet and so I compromise for birthdays.
    my kids love and they ask for the ice cream dessert recipe for their birthday cakes which requires the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies for the crust.

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    Jaclyn Reply:

    Ooo, yes! Please share the oreo cookie recipe. Looks like several of us have been on the hunt. thank you!!!

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  6. Charlotte Moore says

    YUM!!! Those look good. My hubby would love then=m I am sure. It will be a while before I can grind any wheat. My grinder had to go to the doctor. )-: Just sent it off Monday.

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  7. Kathy says

    For the whole family, I might as well resign myself to living on chocolate chip cookies – I’ve never hit that request for “something new”! But I love shortbread cookies and anything with white chocolate, so maybe they will try these! They sound yummy!

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  8. Kristin says

    Here is the link to the homemade Oreo recipe.

    http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/05/my-kingdom-for-a-glass-of-milk/

    a few notes…yes, they do have sugar, but in comparison to a real oreo, they are far better for you. As michael Pollan says: everything in moderation :) For the shortening in the frosting, I used spectrum palm shortening: it is expellar pressed, trans fat free and made from sustainable palm. Also, I found it easiest to make the dough in my food processor.

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    Marie Reply:

    Thank you for the tips and the recipe! I have Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening so I will give it a try!

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    Trudi Reply:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!!!

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  9. Sara G says

    Just made these…they smell divine! I can’t eat gluten so my husband will have these treats all to himself!

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  10. says

    These look wonderful! Our issue with cookies is that they must be low sugar and egg-free. We really like your breakfast cookie recipe and they succeed well egg-free; we just add in applesauce. They are a bit more crumbly than normal so best eaten in the first two days after baking. Quite the hardship for my family:)

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  11. Lisa says

    I made your cookies and they taste very good, but… they didn’t get crinkly. Is that because I used the butter instead of coconut oil?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It is possible…I’m not sure what else would do it.

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    Marie B. Reply:

    H! I made these with coconut oil and they didn’t crinkle but they taste fabulous!!!! I’ll try taking them out of the oven a bit eaarlier, maybe then they look almost done but a bit wet in the very center, and let you know how this works. Thank for the yummy recipe! I so appreciate the many recipes you’ve developed. You’ve made feeding our family whole foods much simpler for me. Thank you Laura!! My kids were pleased to eat new a homemade treat.

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  12. Carmen says

    I just made these cookies and put peanut butter chips in them. Oh they are so good. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. Tiffany Lewis says

    So I used butter, and about 1 1/3 cup honey. Then I used unsweetened coconut instead of chips- worked well. It helped to soak up the extra liquid from the honey. However it did make them more cake like and I think next time I will make cupcakes. Would be perfect for German chocolate cake! Have to say that these are amazing!!!!!!

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  14. Miranda says

    These are so delicious! I did use some store bought white chocolate chips that were leftover from Christmas baking (I had no idea I could make my own!), but will definitely try your reipce for them when my supply is gone. Thanks so much for the yummy recipes I can share with my boys!

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  15. says

    I made these for my 12 year old son’s birthday and he LOVED them! He is not a birthday cake fan. His favorite cookie is the chocolate chocolate chip cake mix cookies. Since we are trying to eat healthier I was so thankful to find this recipe!! Thank you so much Laura! We are having company tonight so I am making them again. When I told the kids what I was making for dessert they were so excited…me too!! :)

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