Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm posting this recipe not because these are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time. They're good, but...I'm posting the recipe, because they make amazing ice cream sandwich cookies. And it's prime ice cream sandwich season.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm pretty sure the last thing anyone needs is another oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. I mean, the sense I get is that most people have their OMG favorite recipe, and tend to stick with it. Except, perhaps, for those times when you're lured away by an off-beat recipe incorporating something like corn flakes, or, I don't know - toffee. But those are just flings, right?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Anyhow, I wasn't planning on posting this recipe, I was just playing around with a bag of Massa Whole Wheat Flour, and the last of the oats in my refrigerator. This was the result. I'm posting the recipe not because they're the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time. They're really good (promise!), but...I'm mainly posting the recipe, because they make amazing ice cream sandwich cookies. And it's prime ice cream sandwich season.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Cook these cookies long enough, then let them cool, and you'll have thin, snappy, super-oaty cookies. They'll be structured enough to embrace a smear of your favorite vanilla, or coffee, or mint chip ice cream.

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Or explore more favorite cookie recipes - I especially love the classics like these shortbread cookies, these limoncello macaroons, these ginger cookies, or these special snickerdoodles. Have fun baking!

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.16 from 13 votes

As with most cookies, I bake these to order. The dough freezes well. Bake off as many as you want, then portion off any leftover dough into appropriately sized balls. Double-bag, then freeze. You can bake these straight out of the freezer, you'll just need to tack on a few minutes of extra baking time (because the dough will be colder). Your cookies won't be quite as flat or snappy, but they are delicious just the same, and will still work for ice-cream sandwiches.

Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cup / 9 oz / 255 rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup / 4.5 oz / 125 g whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup / 1 1/2 oz / 45 g wheat bran (or germ)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup / 8 oz / 225 g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup / 6.5 oz / 185 g natural cane sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1 cup / 6 oz / 170 g firmly packed Muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 oz / 285 g semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped and shaved into chunks and splinters
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F / 180 C, with racks placed in the middle. Line two baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the oats, flour, wheat bran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Either by hand, or using an electric mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar for 3+ minutes, scraping down sides a few times along the way. Incorporate the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla - scraping the sides of the bowl another time or two. Add the dry mixture, and stir until everything barely comes together. Then stir in the chocolate, mixing until it is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  4. Use a small ice-cream scoop, spoon, or 1/4 cup measuring cup, to make uniform dough balls. I used a metal 1/4-cup measuring cup, filling it about 3/4 full. Arrange each cookie at least 3-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. They'll flatten out quite a bit. For extra crisp cookies, bake until deeply, deeply golden on the bottom, about 15+ minutes. Rotate the pans once about 2/3 the way through baking - back to front, top to bottom. Like your cookies a little chewier? Bake for less time. Cool on a rack.
Serves
24
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
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Hi Heidi! I make these all the time and they have become a household favorite. I double the recipe (add toasted pecans), shape them, flash freeze them and then bake them off when we need a hostess gift, or just a simple treat! Thanks for a truly fabulous recipe!

susan

I made these a few nights ago (and just cooked the second half of the batch that I had frozen). They were great! I made some changes though. I cut the sugar in half (and used half agave syrup instead of sugar). Also, instead of flour and wheat bran, I used 1 and 2/3 cup of spent beer grains. What's that, you ask? Well, I brew beer, which means that I periodically have 10-15lbs of malt (whole grain sprouted barley and wheat) on my hands that has been soaked (to extract most of the sugars). Instead of throwing these in the garbage/compost, I've taken to drying/roasting these in the oven, then grinding them up into flour. They make great pancakes, waffles and... cookies!

martin

These are really good! I baked them all three days ago and they are still holding up. Instead of butter I used 3oz of applesauce and I think they are the best dairy-free cookies I've ever made!

Kim

So I just made a batch, and they're cooling... the whole house smells so good. I thought if I sat down to leave a comment, I'd be able to wait till they cooled, but.... hold on, I'll be right back. Oh my, these are good. The mint ice cream awaits, no more time to write.

Elle

Hi! I just made these for company and sent them to an army friend of mine stationed far away. They are unanimously good! I photographed the outcome and posted your recipe and a link on my blog. Thank you so much for this recipe! Your recipes have never failed me. :) HS: Love your pics Johanna!

Johanna

Great. I put carrots and pumpkin seeds in instead, didn't use wheat bran. And they were just lovely. Very good

Paige

Heidi: These cookies are my husbands favorite cookies as well as mine. This recipe is FABULOUS!!!

Renee

These were a HUGE hit with the kids I nanny for, especially when I told them we chef up some ice cream sandwiches. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

Natalie

I just made these awesome cookies and loved them! They have the right balance so they don't "taste" healthy, yet they are! I threw in a hand full of hemp hearts and it added a lovely nutty flavour!

Stacey

made these for my husband..he loves oatmeal cookies and i am trying to get more fiber in his diet. i used the bran and replaced the choc with chopped dates. they are great! thanks

annieodell

I'm so pleased to have found your site. It is recommended in the The Sunday Times as one of the top 50 blogs. You are a class act. Congratulations. As a mother of 2 little ones and a chocolate blogger who is constantly baking, I always double the recipe and make half of the recipe using organic ingredients and whole grain flours, etcetera, so I don't feel guilty letting my little guys enjoy some of mommy's special baked treats.

CocolateCentral

D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S is the only word to describe this brilliant recipe. I myself didn't make them, but had the pleasure of tasting this oustanding mouth watering cookie concoction. Who knew that healthy could be mixed with delicious. It's yet another baking suprise.

Anonymous

I have to agree with you Suhada. My youngest even told me that how come it is only now that a tried this kind of recipe. I used to make cookies but not from oatmeal. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I must say I am picking a lot from your blog posts.

Tina

My family love this recipe so much. It's now an official family snack! I am grateful that I don't have to buy cookies outside anymore.

Suhada

Love this recipe! My new favorite chocolate chip cookie! I have tried many whole wheat flour cookie recipes but none this good! Thanks

Carie

not vegan recipe calls for eggs

liz McGowan

Oh, these oatmeal chocolate chip cooks look wonderful, and I like the whole wheat twist and that the dough is freezer friendly. I am going to have to make this recipe!

Wall Mirrors Gal

Would have never thought to use the whole wheat flour and wheat bran. I can totally see these "snappy" cookies with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream between them. Great summer dessert alternative - the kids love anything even resembling an ice cream sandwich.

JillS.

These are so, so yummy. I made them for a small dinner party and we slathered luna & larry's vanilla coconut milk ice cream in the middle. It was outrageously good. Everyone said it was the best ice cream sandwich they had ever had! Thanks Heidi!

Kee

Great cookies. I made them with natural applesauce for half the butter; Splenda brown sugar mix for the dark brown sugar and 10 oz. each white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts. My wife raved about their flavor. They will be my go to cookie for sure.

Tom

I made these this afternoon and they were super easy. I thought I could cut down on the sugar (I only used 1 cup dark sugar and a 1/4 cup cane) but it wasn't really enough. It did bring out the salt a little which was a nice contrast to the choc. I guess if you are going to bake cookies like this you have go the whole hog :) They are still delicious though. I might try Nikki's banana cookie recipe for a lower sugar fix next time.

Lisa

I like to replace about 1/2 the butter in chocolate chip cookie recipes (oatmeal or otherwise) with peanut butter. For the dairy-free, perhaps 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 coconut oil

gicasa

My grandma used to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and bring them to me warm when she picked me up from soccer practice. Today she moved into an assisted living home, and it seemed only fitting to make these to honor her as she moves into this next phase...I didn't have wheat bran, but used flax meal instead. They are great. Thanks for the late night baking therapy inspiration! :)

kg

So good...i almost ate half the batter before getting the cookies in the oven. Yum!

Aga

The words "whole wheat" and "chocolate chip" just don't belong in teh same sentence. Neither do the words "whole wheat" and "cookie".

M

These cookies are inspiring. I just made my first carob chip cookies withwhole wheat flour. Now I' going to add the oatmeal too! Thankf for the recipe!

Glenda Thomas

I'll definitely be giving the spelt flour and oat bran a go (could I just grind some oats, or do I need germ?). These look fab! I like to replace about 1/2 the butter in chocolate chip cookie recipes (oatmeal or otherwise) with peanut butter. For the dairy-free, perhaps 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 coconut oil?

Stephanie

These are really great with pecans and chocolate chips in them. I know that it is rich but, it is worth it.

Kaylynn

I'm always on the lookout for another great oatmeal cookie recipe. I am a firm believer in reinventing the wheel. Do we update our phones? Yes. Do we update our computers? Yes. Cars? Of course. Did I update from my rollersaktes to rollerblades? Well, no (I will forever be rollerdisco girl), but I've updated about everything else. Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies? I'm in!!

Nicole

Heidi~ I'll be making these delicious looking cookies this weekend, and I can't wait!!! Lisa @ bakedinmaine.com

Lisa

I made these last night but I did not have any chocolate so I put in dutch-processed coca powder. They came out so chocolate and amazing! Especially with the ice cream :)

Elizabeth

Heidi~ I'll be making these delicious looking cookies this weekend, and I can't wait!!! Lisa @ bakedinmaine.com

Lisa

i made these tonight for friends and smashed some vanilla ice cream in between them. a-mazing! thank you so much for the brilliant idea! if i were to do it again, i'd cut the sugar or up the flour a tiny bit. i like my cookies on the less sweet side, but that's just me. i didn't hear any complaints from my friends who scarfed them. thanks!

kate www.foodie-call.com

i made these tonight for friends and smashed some vanilla ice cream in between them. a-mazing! thank you so much for the brilliant idea! if i were to do it again, i'd cut the sugar or up the flour a tiny bit. i like my cookies on the less sweet side, but that's just me. i didn't hear any complaints from my friends who scarfed them. thanks!

kate www.foodie-call.com

I'd like to do more cooking with whole wheat but most times I can taste a difference. This recipe looks really good though, and I can imagine coffee Häagen-Dazs smushed between two cookies. Yum!

Home with Mandy

I love how almost everything out here is so healthy! It makes me feel good about baking from your website because then I can boast to momma that I took that extra step to be a little health conscious.

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}

Just want to say, you're right on about that maple grilled tempeh - I've used that, pre-grilled and cooled, as my go-to sandwich item our last three camping trips. With pickled red onions, mayo, sliced cucumber and yard lettuce? Uh huh.

Devon

I love ice cream sandwiches, I love oatmeal cookies and now I love this!

bianca

These are as good as they look...Thank you!

Lissa Lee

oh you sold me at oatmeal. but the ice cream sandwich combo is very enticing :). plus, i've never tried massa whole wheat flour, which sounds interesting, even if it isn't!

heather @ chiknpastry

Once again you have turned my mouth into a faucet. You are my idol. Thanks again!!!

L

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