Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (100% whole grain, dairy-free)

The famous New York Times chocolate chip cookies made healthier! Just as good, soft and chewy, but with less sugar, fat and made whole grain.

Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – so chewy and delicious, nobody will know that these have less sugar, fat and are 100% whole wheat! |

Today is a bit of a special post. A group of food bloggers and I have gotten together to do a husband appreciation post.

Mr. T’s favorite baked good is without a doubt the New York Times chocolate chip cookies. Whenever I make a new recipe (cake, brownies, whatever) and I ask how Mr. T likes it, his typical response is, “Eh, it’s not the New York Times cookies.”

Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – although these are 100% whole grain and have less sugar than the original, they taste just as yummy! |

He’s been asking me for two years to post this recipe and I’ve always refused because it seems like every other blogger out there has already posted it (they’re that good!) and because I didn’t think my readers would like me posting such a nutritional abomination.

So I created a slightly healthier version! He’s happy, you’re happy, we’re all happy. :) They still have that amazingly chewy texture and as long as you use the correct amount of chocolate (I know it’s a lot but just go with it!), you can’t even tell they’re whole grain.

The original New York Times chocolate chip cookies are really the best chocolate chip cookies (and perhaps cookies, in general) I’ve ever had and I can’t control myself around them. I was really shocked that my healthier version was almost as good! And Mr. T’s reaction? He liked this healthy version even better… and he never does that! He’s all about the “naughty” stuff. He said that they were softer and had a little crunch to them (he was talking about some undissolved unrefined sugar).

Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – super soft, chewy and just as delicious as the original! |

These were the healthy changes I made to the original New York Times recipe!

  • Replaced the butter with coconut oil and reduced it a little bit. I didn’t miss the butter at all.
  • Used half coconut sugar and half unrefined sugar instead of granulated and regular brown sugar and reduced it by 6 ounces. They’re still plenty sweet!
  • Used white whole wheat instead of all-purpose flour. I wouldn’t try these with regular whole wheat, though. Unless you really enjoy the taste of whole wheat goodies!
  • More than doubled the vanilla. Not a healthy change but a good one. :)

This recipe makes 16 large cookies so if I were you, I’d bake a few of them, and then freeze the rest of the dough (already rolled into balls). That way, whenever you have the oven on for something else, you can pop a cookie or two in the oven and truly enjoy them instead of feeling like you have neverending cookies.

And unlike the original recipe, you don’t have to chill these for 24 hours. Just pop ’em in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm them up a little and you’re good to go. And you need to get out your kitchen scale for this recipe! They only cost about $15 on Amazon and are really handy.

Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – These healthified cookies are just as delicious as the original! |

So now on to the appreciation part of the post! I asked Mr. T some questions and as you can see, he’s just full of words! ;)

Mr. T likes America(n roads)
Mr. T likes America(n roads) – on our trip to Oregon and Washington (and we could see for miles in both directions – it was safe!)

What is Erin’s favorite blog called? Ppppffff – I don’t know.

What is Erin’s favorite prop? A small and flat white plate which, unfortunately, I accidentally chipped a little. (He killed my favorite plate and I can’t find a replacement! – Erin)

If you could have your own blog, what would you call it? I don’t know but it would either be about technology and programming related stuff or about travelling. Or both, but that might make finding a good name even harder.

What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies? I studied business and computer science and now I’m writing my thesis. My hobbies, besides the usual stuff everyone likes doing, are tinkering with technology stuff, and messing with Erin’s webpage.

And now, dear husband, a message for you:
Thank you for:
  • Putting up with a constantly dirty kitchen. I just get so tired after baking! ;) And there’s nothing I hate more than cleaning.
  • Making me a pretty new webpage! (He actually learned all the necessary stuff just for my redesign)
  • Always being on the lookout for new props! You’re a great prop shopper.

Be sure to check out what the other ladies have made!

Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (100% whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 16 large cookies


  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon (240 grams) refined coconut oil, room temperature (should be like softened butter - do not use melted coconut oil! The dough will be very greasy and the cookies will come out badly. Chill the coconut oil for 10-20 minutes or until firm if your room temperature coconut oil is melted.)
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) coconut sugar
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) unrefined sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 15 ounces (425 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds (566 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (for dairy-free, use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)


  1. In a large bowl with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, cream together the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and unrefined sugar until well combined.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat.
  3. Beat in the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.
  4. When well combined, add in the chocolate chips.
  5. Roll into sixteen 3.5 ounce balls and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper.
  7. Place 6 balls on the cookie sheet and bake for 11 – 14 minutes. The cookies might still appear slightly undone in the middle but they will continue to bake.
  8. Remove the cookies along with the Silpat or parchment paper from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  10. Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to 3 – 5 days. They'll be gone much sooner, though, promise!

Adapted from New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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  • Melissa Rice says
    October 28, 2019 @ 5:53 pm

    I’m really excited to make these, but I’m not sure which unrefined sugar would be best to use. Any tips?

    Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Melissa Rice
      October 31, 2019 @ 1:57 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your question! Sugar in the Raw or something similar works well here. :)

  • Veronica
    August 3, 2019 @ 1:43 pm

    I’m always looking for something healthy to make for my family and this healthier version of chocolate chip cookies is it!

    • Erin replies to Veronica
      August 13, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

      I hope they’ll enjoy it! I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

  • taylor johnson @tayloright says
    April 26, 2019 @ 3:46 am

    Erin thank you for this cookie recipe. I will have to bake them sometime soon!

  • Jessica @FitnessEquipmentsLab
    February 27, 2019 @ 8:28 pm

    Hello Erin, the chocolate cookies look very nice. but a bit more calories

  • Julia Stearns @ Healthirony
    February 27, 2019 @ 3:44 pm

    Mmm these cookies look awesome and so nourishing!

  • Kara Mathys
    January 18, 2019 @ 4:44 pm

    My husband loves these chocolate chip cookies. Even I enjoy it, and I am not a big fan of cookies.

    • Erin replies to Kara Mathys
      January 19, 2019 @ 2:05 pm

      Woohoo! I’m really glad to hear that. :) Thanks for your feedback!

  • Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires says
    September 26, 2018 @ 10:27 am

    Oh my! These chocolate chip cookies were delicious – and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much!

  • Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy
    June 27, 2018 @ 11:02 am

    Definitely your chocolate chip cookies are awesomeness! This is a great recipe Erin, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy
      June 28, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

      Yay! I’m really happy you liked them enough to make two times. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Denise says
    June 7, 2018 @ 7:52 pm

    These cookies sound amazing, but what about using almond flour or coconut flour instead of wheat? There are lots of people with allergies to wheat, or that are following more of a paleo diet and do not eat breads. Have you ever tried making the cookies that way? I’m thinking they may be even more healthy that way. I am diabetic, so I always try to make the healthiest foods I can. I would also use chopped up dark chocolate for the antioxidant properties and flavinoids that are healthy for your heart.

    • Erin replies to Denise
      June 7, 2018 @ 8:25 pm

      For paleo readers, I have these amazing chocolate chip paleo cookies (it’s my most popular recipe and has hundreds of reviews) that use almond flour and coconut flour and for people who can’t have nuts, I have these paleo chocolate chip coconut flour cookies. They’re two of my very favorite recipes. :)

  • Nicole says
    May 18, 2018 @ 7:14 pm

    These were DELICIOUS!!! I can’t believe how good they were!! Especially with all of the substitutions. I used grass fed butter instead of coconut oil and all I had was whole wheat flour and they still turned out amazing!! The texture that the unrefined/turninado sugar adds to the cookies i just love-makes them slightly crunchy:) thank you for this recipe!! One of the best cookie recipes I’ve made and I love that they’re slightly healthy;)

    • Erin replies to Nicole
      May 21, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

      Yay! You’re welcome. :) I’m so happy to hear that you liked them! Thanks a bunch for your comment.


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