Whole Wheat Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are a variation on Judy’s but made with extra light olive oil. The olive oil does add a tiny bit of flavor, but it’s rather pleasant. Plus, it makes the cookies seem more wholesome (with “seem” being the key word here). They’re still cookies after all, but satisfying. The cookies don’t spread much, so it’s a good idea to press the dough mounds down a bit. These are thick, dense and hearty. Don’t over-bake and let cool completely before eating. They taste best cooled.
Ingredient Rundown & Some Recipe notes
- Brown Sugar — I’ve been testing with light brown sugar.
- Oil — In the past I used flavorless oil, but I’m not finding I prefer a really fruity, flavorful extra virgin olive oil.
- Vanilla — You can use up to 1 teaspoon or even more if you’d like.
- Baking Powder
- Flour — The white whole wheat flour works well, but the texture is even better with whole wheat pastry flour.
- Oats — I’ve been grinding the oats, but I think using unground quick oats would be fine.
- Chocolate — Use as much as possible
- Nuts — Any nuts, but walnuts and pecans are especially good.
- New Additions — I’ve been throwing in sesame seeds and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon for even more flavor
Whole Wheat Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 cup (160 grams) packed brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil or extra light olive oil
3/4 to 1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon plus an extra pinch (1 ml) salt
1 cup (4.5 oz) (125 gram) white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (80 grams) oats (old fashioned or quick) – I ground mine up a bit in the processor
2-3 oz (56-85 grams) dark chocolate, cut into chunks
1/3 cup(30 grams) toasted pecan pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Have ready a non-stick or parchment lined cookie sheet.
Mix together the brown sugar, oil, vanilla and egg. When well mixed, add the baking powder and stir well. Watch out for stray lumps! Stir in the salt, then add the flour and stir until absorbed. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips and nuts.
Scoop small tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Alternatively, you can shape the dough into balls and mash them down slightly. These don’t spread much. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Cookies are done when edges are slightly browned. The tops don’t brown much, but that’s okay because they are already dark from the brown sugar. Look for brown edges
Makes about 13 or 14 cookies
It is 11pm and I am in a comatose state but needing something to pack in my kids lunches…so came across this recipe, thought might as well try it…I need SOMETHING for their lunches. Used spelt flour, even a grainy type, and these cookies turned out WONDERFUL. Better than any cookie I’ve made using spelt flour. I have just downed 4 in a matter of minutes. Thank you SO much for this recipe. Can’t wait to check out other recipes on this site.
Thank you for this recipe. I am trying to bake without butter so I was very pleased to find it. I am also experimenting with coconut butter, so I adapted your recipe to use coconut butter. I also used baking soda and stoneground spelt flour (my preference). It worked very well and they are delicious. Thanks!
P.S. just seen your post on coconut oil – I agree, its great!
i LOVE these cookies.. thank you xx
Thanks for trying the cookies! Also, I read your comment to Fuzz and she laughed. I think she’s finally getting used to the tongue guard…though she does sometimes cheat and stick her tongue under it. But she’s adjusted to it. She’s a big talker already, so I’ll brace myself for when it comes out ;).
I tried this recipe and they came out perfectly. I loved them!! And so did everyone who tried. Plus, you can play the “healthy” card as a bonus!
PS: When I was little I also had to use a tongue guard. Don’t worry, she’ll get used to it and talking normally in no time. However, be ready for the moment the guard is no longer there, ’cause (if she’s anything like me) she’ll be able to talk much faster and won’t stop easily.
how interesting! i love baked goods that call for olive oil. i’ll be trying this one out!
Oh boy we must be on the same page here. We have been through 3 orthodontists in the last month, the final one today – and all three have given me different treatments for both kids. Headgear, bands, the works. It’s driving me crazy – I need something simple to bake and these just might be the ticket!
She’s doing okay. She broke down a couple of times this evening crying “I want my old voice back. I want my old voice back.” and worrying that kids at school will make fun of her.
Glad to know that Fuzz is doing well. She must be a good egg! 🙂
I’ve always wanted to try olive oil in baking but I always chicken out. I bought some coconut oil to try and haven’t gotten around to that either.
Tongue guard is in! So far, so good. She has a cute new way of talking, but doesn’t seem to bothered by the appliance. What a good kid.
I love no-brainer cookies. Plus, I’ve never made a chocolate chip cookie with olive oil before. How great! Hope Fuzz’s trip to the orthodontist went well!
what an interesting recipe! I wish to try these . 🙂 look delicious.
Good luck to Fuzz today. My daughter’s been through a lot of orthodontia, starting at age 6, and continuing still now at age 15. It’s not really fun. Advil helps a lot.
These look great – thanks. Could you use just whole wheat flour??
Gotta get that daily good-for-you olive oil in somehow. Why not a ccc!