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

Rated 5.0 by 11 readers
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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83 comments on “Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (100% whole grain, dairy-free)” — Add one!

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  • A says
    April 29, 2018 @ 3:11 am

    Could you post an actual recipe with proportions? I don’t find things useful when I have to do the math. No I DONT care that you have a loving husband who “tolerates” your messes instead of helping you clean the kitchen. Upgrade your expectations.

    • Erin replies to A
      April 29, 2018 @ 9:36 am

      Thank you for your incredibly valuable input! Now I’m going to suggest that you find a recipe site like Allrecipes or Food Network and not a blog. You could check out the original New York Times cookie recipe here, but then again, it doesn’t have “proportions” either and they make you create an account to view the recipe. By the way, my husband does almost all the dishes and chores around the house. But thanks again for your judgement and comment! These kind of comments make my day. :)

  • Rena says
    December 5, 2016 @ 5:16 am

    Hi Erin,
    Can we use coconut sugar instead of the unrefined sugar? That is can we use 12 ounces of coconut sugar instead of 6 ounces of coconut sugar and 6 ounces of unrefined sugar?

    Also can you please clarify – when you say 6 ounces of coconut sugar do you mean 3/4 cup or do I have to weigh the sugar? Same question for the flour and chocolate chips.

    Btw. I made your oatmeal raisin cookies and they were unbelievably delicious!

    • Erin replies to Rena
      December 5, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

      Hi there! I think I first tried making the cookies with all coconut sugar and they didn’t come out like I wanted them to. You can definitely use all coconut sugar, but they’ll probably be browner and not as thick. 6 ounces of sugar is 13.6 tbsp. The flour would be 3.4 cups and the chocolate chips would be 3 1/3 cups. But I definitely recommend just using a scale to make sure things are accurate. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them! And I’m so happy you liked the oatmeal cookies. :)

      • rena replies to Erin
        December 6, 2016 @ 3:17 am

        thank you Erin, will give it a try and keep you posted…rena

  • Preethi says
    November 4, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    Hi can we use olive oil instead of coconut oil. Refined sugar instead of coconut sugar. I tried your other cake recipes it was yummy . :)

    • Erin replies to Preethi
      November 4, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

      You can use 6 ounces brown sugar and 6 ounces granulated sugar if you like. I’m not so sure about olive oil, though. Olive oil is liquid and coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Sorry I can’t give you a more definite answer! I’m happy you enjoyed the other recipes. :)

  • Kiki
    March 28, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    These were yummy with white whole wheat flour, but super yummy with whole wheat pastry flour. Thanks for sharing these amazing cookies.

    • Erin replies to Kiki
      March 28, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

      That’s good to know! I’ll have to try that. Thanks so much for your feedback and your tip. :)

  • mariefe says
    October 28, 2014 @ 2:54 am

    hi!can i used all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour?

  • Clo says
    October 5, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    Hi I just made them for my 4 year old, who has a diary and nuts allergy. We made it together and she loves it! There are not many good recipe out there which are diary free. I made it in the late afternoon, and my hushand said it was delicious and worth the wait for a late afternoon snack. Thank You for your rceipe! If u have more of these wonderful receipe, send them my way. Cheers!

    • Erin replies to Clo
      October 5, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

      I’m so happy that they came out well for you and that your little one liked them! A good deal of my recipes are dairy-free and you can find them here. I hope that’ll help. :) Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • Ava
    September 5, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    I love these cookies!! They are completely amazing. The dough is thick, but I just massaged it with my hands and that did the trick to mix everything. Also, I used 5oz organic brown sugar, and 5oz organic unrefined cane sugar with great success! I also didn’t refrigerate them (bc I wanted them NOW). I made rounded cookie scoop balls, put them on the sheet, and baked them on convection for 11 minutes (12 if you want them crunchier, as my mother demanded). Happy baking!

    • Erin replies to Ava
      September 6, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      I might skip the chilling step sometimes, too. ;) So happy that you enjoyed them! Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Sara
    June 20, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    Used whole wheat flour instead of ‘white whole wheat.’ Worked great. Not too heavy or dry. Thanks for the nondairy recipe!

    • Erin replies to Sara
      June 21, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

      I’m happy to hear that regular whole wheat worked out well! Thanks so much for the feedback. :)

  • Courtney Cotter King
    February 3, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    I loved this recipe! How many calories are in one cookie?

    • Erin replies to Courtney Cotter King
      February 5, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

      I’m happy you liked them! But I’m afraid I don’t know about the nutritional info, though. You can copy and paste the ingredients into this recipe analyzer and it’ll tell you all that. :) Thanks so much for the rating!

  • Cecilia says
    January 20, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    I just made these cookies. They are excellent. I used a bit less flour and chocolate than indicated in the recipe since the dough was getting too dry. I will use a tad less sugar next time. Thanks! :)

    • Erin replies to Cecilia
      January 20, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

      I’m so happy that you liked them! Thanks a bunch for the feedback. :) And less sugar sounds great! They are quite sweet.

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    September 19, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    I loooove these cookies in their original form and the healthier version look JUST as tasty. YUM!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says
    September 18, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    My husband NEVER chooses the healthier option either! I wonder if he would make an exception for these cookies?

  • Melissa says
    September 18, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    I stumbled across your blog/site today and looove it! I’ve been going crazy looking through basically every recipe on here and am so excited to try them – these cookies are happening tomorrow! Looking at your different sugars, I wondered what you think of stevia? Do you have any opinions on it or tips for using it as a substitute? Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Melissa
      September 18, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

      Hi Melissa! I’m happy you found the site. :) I have nothing against Stevia but I’m afraid I’m not experienced with it. I use it in my smoothies and love it, but I’ve never actually baked with it. Some readers have asked me to experiment with it (and I’d love to eat less sugar!) so I’m going to try. And I really hope that you enjoy the cookies! I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

  • Sara @Pidge's Pantry says
    September 17, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    LOVE these! Do you think I could go all coconut sugar and cut it down even more? Can’t wait to try these!!

    • Erin replies to Sara @Pidge’s Pantry
      September 17, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

      You could indeed do that! They’re plenty sweet so reducing the sugar wouldn’t be terrible (but as you know, it might affect the texture ;))

  • Chamisa says
    September 16, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Erin, there are brilliant! Can’t wait to try your healthy version! :)

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    September 15, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    These cookies look so thick and soft – I want some now!!

  • Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says
    September 15, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    I will admit that have never tried the NY Times cookie before. And it has everything to do with the nutrition information. I mean I love baking, but if something calls for 3 sticks of butter and I’m getting only 18 cookies, I’m basically eating 1/3 of daily calories from a freaking cookie. (Maybe slight over exaggeration) Bu I do like the sound of these cookies. :) I have never baked with coconut sugar, so this should be interesting.

  • Kate@Diethood
    September 15, 2013 @ 3:44 am

    I loooove his answers!! Can’t believe he broke your favorite prop… how long did you have him in the dog house? ;-)

    The cookies look incredible! That first photo might have made my heart skip a beat.

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} says
    September 14, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Love these cookies! Great post!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
    September 13, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Get out of town! These look incredible, Erin! What a fun snap of your Mr., too, haha. Hope you both have a happy weekend!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    September 13, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Such a sweet tribute to your husband! Love these cookies, your healthier changes (plus doubling the vanilla, yes!) sound amazing!

  • Shashi @ says
    September 13, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Oh my – these look heavenly!
    AND they are healthy!!! I have to try these!

  • Nicole L. says
    September 13, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! I’ve been baking a ton of choc. chip cookies lately and I’m definitely in need of a healthier version. Also, I found a helpful conversion website as I don’t have a scale to weigh out the grams!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    September 13, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Love that you created a healthier version of the New York Times cookies!

  • cassie says
    September 13, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    I love his honesty in not knowing your favorite. These are so fun to read, thanks for sharing, Erin!

  • Kathryn says
    September 13, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Love this healthier update that you did on these but you kept the cookies still looking totally amazing.

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says
    September 13, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    I’m looking forward to trying these OH SO FABULOUS cookies they look to die for! It’s fun to see all the answers your husband had, must be fun to be able to work on your blog together! *jealous!!!

  • Tanya Schroeder says
    September 13, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I love when an ordinary cookie gets healthy face lift! And boy does this deliver! Fantastic! I love the husbands! They are a fun, patient bunch with an endless amount of support! How lucky we are!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
    September 13, 2013 @ 3:05 am

    He’s a prop shopper??? LUCKY!

    LOVE these cookies, pinned!

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
    September 13, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    That photo from your trip is killer!!! And full of personality! My other half’s answers were pretty similar– Pffft! I don’t know– sounds about right!
    Love this cookie recipe! Since I have never actually made the NY Times cookies (abomination I know) I’ll just make yours and will totally never know the difference because I am sure they are awesome.

  • Rachael @ Set the Table says
    September 12, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    I love the note you wrote for your husband, thanking him for certain things. That is adorable :)

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says
    September 12, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Sweet post, sweet hubby, sweet cookies. Love everything about this Erin (and I”m always too tired from my baking to do dishes too ;-) )

  • Stef says
    September 12, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    So sweet that one of his hobbies is tinkering with your webpage. Lucky! I can’t believe he liked the healthier cookies better. They must be amazing!

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    I’m telling you, make hundreds of these and hide them. Feed to husband when appropriate. You know like as a thank you for buying you new props… ha ha

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Aww, what a nice thing to do a husband appreciation post! You’re a lucky girl to have such a good helper around the blog (and hopefully the kitchen). :D P.S. These cookies look just like I remember them. Can’t wait to try them!

  • meaghan says
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    These look a-MAZ-ing! I have to agree with “all of our husbands are cracking” us up. Aw, your poor plate! And good for him for, um, admitting it.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Now these I gotta try, Erin. Coconut oil is a life saver! And my freezer is currently full of cookie dough balls lol. I roll them, freeze, and bake when I want.

    Love that photo of your hubs! My fiance (not hubby just yet!) would adore them. He loves all cookies, healthy or not. ;)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Ha! Your hubby is so cute! Love this interview and I’ll take 57 of these cookies!!

  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
    September 12, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    A great prop shopper? That is a keeper for you!!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    September 12, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I can’t wait to try these!!

  • Amanda says
    September 12, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    Adorable, funny AND good with technology?!? Consider me jealous! Will have to try this recipe, I love your adaptations!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    September 12, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Why do you live so far away, I want these cookies now!!! Great interview with Alex, I think our husbands would get along well – you need to move here :)

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
    September 12, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    what a fun concept for a post! I too have been playing around with making my favorite choc chip cookie healthier. I made a pretty good one a year or so ago, but I am always looking for more ideas. I haven’t used coconut sugar yet.

  • Betsy @JavaCupcake says
    September 12, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    They look AMAZEBALLS. Seriously DELISH. HI HUBBY!

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says
    September 12, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    these look way better then the original. I’ve never actually made them (for fear I’d love them too much… plus I never know a day in advance when a cookie craving will strike!), but these I HAVE to make. Have you tried swapping out the egg at all? Not opposed to eggs, just too lazy to go to the store.

  • Rachel Cooks says
    September 12, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    These look amazing, better not let my husband see them, lol!

  • steph@stephsbitebybite says
    September 12, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Ooooh now these sound incredible! I love that you changed the flour out…that’s always a great place to start in making cookies a little better!

  • Amy @Very Culinary says
    September 12, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Love that last picture of him! And the cookies…of course!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
    September 12, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Love these!!! Pinned to save for later!!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says
    September 12, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    This healthier version looks pretty darn amazing! All of our husbands are cracking me up:-)


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