Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies {My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and I are about to start a fight. Right along with politics and the superior method to load a dishwasher, defining the perfect chocolate chip cookie is a topic guaranteed to spark a colorful debate. Reference: my marriage.

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had.

Chocolate chip cookies are a source of marital discord in our household and elsewhere. Which is the greatest chocolate chip cookie? Is it the chewy or the crispy? The fluffy or the flat? Nuts or no nuts? Dark chocolate or milk? Though I know you are narrating a declarative answer to each of these questions in your head, today I’m excited to tell you about my favorite version of the incendiary dessert: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Until today, I never posted a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe on this site. (Crispy Chewy Pretzel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are as close as I’ve come.) After all, why bother with another chocolate chip cookie recipe when everyone already has a favorite? I was on my umpteeth batch of intentionally burned chocolate chip cookies for Ben (more on that in a second) when I decided that I’d had enough of this purposefully overdone cookie nonsense. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies were born.

Perfect soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies made with whole wheat and walnuts.

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Softest, chewiest cookie I've ever had!

Every week, I bake a batch of simple chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies for Ben to bring to school for lunch and long study sessions in the library. I never eat any of these cookies, partly because I have so many leftover desserts from other baking experiments that Ben doesn’t eat (his sweet tooth is restricted to these two cookie flavors and cookies and cream ice cream), but mostly because Ben likes his cookies burned. Ben would prefer me to use the word “crispy” or “perfect” to describe his ideal cookie doneness, but I find it to be nothing short of cookie sacrilege. I bake Ben’s cookies four extra minutes, which in the cookie lifespan where even 30 seconds can make a difference, is tantamount to lighting the cookies on fire.

A serious baker and perfectionist, it pains me to burn cookies, even though I know Ben loves them this way. I refuse to post pictures of the overdone cookies on Instagram, and Ben is under strict orders to tell no one who sees him eating the cookies that I baked them. If someone asks, he is to deny it. He can create rumors all he wants that another woman is baking for him—better than the law student’s classmates suspecting that his food blogging wife can’t even make a batch of cookies without charring them. I have credibility to maintain!

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies with espresso and cinnamon

Though I’m constantly dreaming up new ideas for sweet recipes to share here (Hazelnut Latte Chocolate Meringue Cookies or Avocado Ice Cream anyone?), I adore classic chocolate chip cookies with all of my heart. They satisfy me in a deep, homey way that few desserts can, but since Ben insists his that his chocolate chip cookies be inedible (I told you cookies are an incendiary topic), I rarely eat them.

Deciding I’d had enough of this burned cookie business, I elected to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies just for me, the way I would have my perfect chocolate chip cookie taste. Whole Wheat Chocolate Walnut Chip Cookies are the result. Ladies and gentlemen, aside from that one time I made fresh margaritas during a snowstorm because I could, these Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies might just be the best thing I ever did for myself.

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. My PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe.

My recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies were inspired by the thick, chewy Double Tree Hotel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (if you’d stayed at a Double Tree, you know the ones), but revamped to suit my ideal cookie preferences.

Why Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are my perfect chocolate chip cookie. I know this is long but I put A LOT of thought into these cookies, and I wanted to share!

  • Ooey-gooey, extra chewy. Sorry thin, crispy cookie lovers. I’m a proud member of camp chewy, so that’s what you’ll find here.
  • All butter, all the way. Key for ultimate ooey-gooiness and the fullest flavor. I kept the quantity reasonable, so the cookies are rich without being greasy.
  • More dark brown sugar than white. I adore the extra softness and depth dark brown sugar gives the cookies, but kept some white for proper structure. The ratio of sugars in the recipe reflects my cookie wishes.
  • Deep, dark, good quality chocolate. I’m a dark chocolate lover to the core, and though I try to be budget conscience on the whole, life is simply too short for bad chocolate. Good quality chocolate chips are very important to creating the best-possible chocolate chip cookie, and treating yourself doesn’t require breaking the bank. I buy Ghirardelli chocolate chips in bulk when they go on sale at Target. They are about $.50 cents more expensive than the store brand this way, and I have never regretted a penny.
  • Espresso. Though you can’t taste the coffee flavor in the cookies, the espresso intensifies the chocolate flavor. Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of espresso powder to your next batch of chocolate chip cookies. It is magical!
  • Cinnamon. A pinch for extra warmth. It’s subtle, but completely delectable and adds another dimension of flavor.
  • Whole grains. Regular readers know I’m a serious advocate for incorporating whole grains wherever possible, but never at the expense of taste. These cookies are 100% whole grain, thanks to a combination of ground oats, which give the cookies extra body and chewiness (think Double Tree Hotel Cookie) and white whole wheat flour.
  • Walnuts. Finely chopped, walnuts add an extra richness and toastiness to the cookies without overpowering them.
  • Real deal vanilla. Vanilla anchors the chocolate and espresso, so no imitators please! We are baking cookies from scratch, so let’s do them justice shall we?
  • Chill out. Allowing the dough to chill overnight in the fridge gives all of the above flavors time to get friendly, allows the wet and dry ingredients to fully incorporate, and results in a cookie of superior taste and texture. It’s worth planning ahead (and hiding the dough), but if you don’t have the time, even an hour makes a difference.

One seemingly odd ingredient you will see in the recipe is apple cider vinegar. I didn’t want to the cookies to be too sweet, but I knew I needed a certain ratio of sugar to give them the texture I wanted. I found a tip online to try adding a bit of apple cider vinegar, and it worked perfectly. I’d call it my best-kept cookie secret, except that the point of this post is to give those secrets away so that we can all enjoy Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies. A worthy cause indeed!

OK, now that I’ve given you the full spectrum of what makes Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies my idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, here is what you actually need to know: these cookies are out-of-control amazing.

Whole Wheat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies with espresso, dark chocolate and cinnamon.

I’m sorry, that wasn’t very food bloggerish of me. I should have written you a beautiful description about how these cookies have a perfectly soft and lightly chewy texture from the ground oats and brown sugar, deep dark chocolate flavor intensified by espresso, plus warmth from the cinnamon, toasted walnuts, and good quality vanilla—all while being not overly sweet and 100% whole grain.

Like I said out-of-control-amazing.

Though I know you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of your own, I sincerely hope that you give my Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies a try. They still have the homey taste and feeling of the classic Toll House recipe, but with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ I think you’re going to love.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

My idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie: Super soft and chewy, 100% whole grain, and packed with rich flavors like walnuts, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this is mine!

Yield: 26 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional but delicious)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. In a blender or food processor, grind oats until fine. Transfer to a small bowl, then stir together with the whole wheat flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Beat in the baking soda, vinegar, and egg.
  3. By hand, stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips and walnuts, just until combined. For the best results, cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Place rack in the center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line to baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, then bake for 9 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookies are barely beginning to brown. The cookies may appear underdone. Remove cookies from oven, let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Leftover cookies will keep in an airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week. They will lose a bit of softness but still be absolutely delicious.

By the way—did you know it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Let’s party!

To start you on your way to Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie bliss, I’m giving away a special ingredient: a 2 ounce bottle of Nielsen-Massey Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. If you aren’t familiar with Nielsen-Massey, they produce ultra high-quality, all natural extracts esteemed by professional bakers around the world. Nielsen-Massey sent me a bottle to check out, and confession—it’s so good, I’ve been hoarding it for recipes I know I’m keeping at home! (I’m a terrible person, but this is really good vanilla). I bet you’ll love it too.

To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment telling me about your favorite chocolate chip cookie, and that’s it!

(No additional entries will be awarded for answering “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies,” but I will send you a giant virtual bear hug, all of the good vibes I can muster, and warm chocolate chip cookie wishes.)

Giveaway will be open until 10 p.m. CST Wednesday, May 21st. Winner will be contacted via the email addressed used to leave the winning comment and will have 48-hours to respond, at which point a new winner will be chosen. Only 1 entry per person. Must be 18 and a U.S. resident to enter. Good luck and Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

109 Responses to “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies {My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies}”

  1. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — May 15, 2014 @ 6:34 am (#)

    I love how rustic and gooey these cookies look! I’ll take two!

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:57 am

      How about three? Thanks Layla!

  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — May 15, 2014 @ 7:17 am (#)

    You nailed the chocolate chip cookie! You even included walnuts, my favorite addition!

    Brown sugar and vanilla tips, you got it! You pics are just right, the only cookie worth the calories, slightly saggy in the middle with over-the-top chewy goodness. Hmm, I’ll take 10! (not kidding, being serious)

    And anyone who clearly understands butter the way you do…it’s time to Like your Facebook page!!!! =)

  3. Liz — May 15, 2014 @ 8:10 am (#)

    It has been the recipe with Quaker Oats that use to be on the Quaker Oats box. Yours sounds really good though.

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:57 am

      I love a good oatmeal chocolate chip Liz. I’ll check that recipe out!

  4. Elizabeth Jenkins — May 15, 2014 @ 8:17 am (#)

    My favorite chocolate chip cookies is my dark chocolate caramel “turtle” cookies. The caramel bits give them an extra chewy component. I think I’ll try using the white whole wheat flour next time to also give them some whole wheat goodness! Thanks.

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:58 am

      Elizabeth, the caramel sounds sooooo decadent. Yum!

  5. Deb — May 15, 2014 @ 8:19 am (#)

    No matter what chocolate chip cookie recipe I bake, I always use one-quarter cup extra flour to make them turn out a bit softer and more plump.

  6. DessertForTwo — May 15, 2014 @ 8:20 am (#)

    Yay! My favorite is a recipe with slightly healthy ingredients, so I don’t feel so guilty.

  7. katherine — May 15, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#)

    I love big, soft, and puffy choco chip cookies – very cakey

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  8. Danielle — May 15, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I love chocolate chip cookie dough, minus the chocolate chips! :) I know I’m crazy but when I was little my mom noticed that I was eating around and picking out all of the chocolate chips. Being the thoughtful person that she is, she began baking me some off before she added the chocolate chips. To this day, I still love them!

  9. leahgreenbergdavis — May 15, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    These look super delicious! Will have to try them – I’ve never used espresso but want to see how that impacts the taste! My favorite chocolate chip cookies are based on the Jacques Torres recipe. You use a mixture of bread flour and cake flour and also light brown sugar. Letting them chill does make a difference I think. My husband loves them, so I like to keep them in the freezer so he can have one at a time. He sounds similar to your husband ~ he doesn’t really care for much other than the chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream!!

  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 15, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    Now I have to restrain myself from eating the whole batch! They look divine.

  11. cheri — May 15, 2014 @ 8:43 am (#)

    Hi Erin, the cider vinegar is a interesting twist, these are my favorite kinds of cookies. Delicious!

  12. Davida @The Healthy Maven — May 15, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

    Erin! These look to-die-for! My fav chocolate chip cookies are from the city bakery in NYC! They are both crispy and chewy and buttery and salty…yeah you get the picture ;) But these look like close competition!

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:59 am

      Davida, I’m adding that bakery to my list for when I’m next in NYC. They sound amazing!

  13. Emily — May 15, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    I don’t like to choose favorites!!!! But it certainly wouldn’t be one containing walnuts! Maybe if you could turn that Irish Whiskey Brownie Pie into a chocolate chip cookie I could choose that one! :)

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 5:00 am

      lol Emily. People DO tend to feel strongly about nuts in cookies, and you can certainly omit them. I’ll let you know how the pie-to-cookie conversion goes ;-)

  14. Peggy — May 15, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#)

    My mom’s chocolate chip cookies. She just makes them from the recipe in her head, with no measuring involved- and they are wonderful.

  15. Trisha (Stew or a Story) — May 15, 2014 @ 9:12 am (#)

    Stunning photos of delectable cookies. These are the perfect balance of healthy and dessert! Glad you and Ben came make it work despite your differences. ;)

  16. kbedeshko — May 15, 2014 @ 9:33 am (#)

    My favorite choc chip cookies are homemade ones! Fresh out of the oven. These looks so delicious, my mouth is drooling

  17. LEFTSIDEOFTHETABLE — May 15, 2014 @ 9:35 am (#)

    I’m part of camp chewy as well!! Chewy and gooey all the way! I would cringe burning the cookies too! I have a weird habit of undercooking everything; I hate cooking breads, cookies and cakes too long! Hate when they’re dry I guess! The cinnamon and espresso powder sounds super interesting and love the added walnuts! My grandma always mixes in some butterscotch chips, which makes them UNBELIEVABLE!!

  18. Sandy h — May 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am (#)

    My favorite is my sister’s Oatmeal Choclate Chip cookies witjh walnuts. I can never get mine as good as hers and we can’t figure out why.

  19. Lauren — May 15, 2014 @ 10:02 am (#)

    So….I don’t like chocolate. Feel free to shun me. BUT I do love a good cranberry oatmeal cookie with white chocolate/vanilla chips.

  20. Alexis Flores-Beshures — May 15, 2014 @ 10:15 am (#)

    I LOVE ooey gooey, extra chocolate chip cookies. I love it when the chocolate just melts on my hands before I even get to take a bite. Even my boyfriend begs me to bake them! And then, when they are warmed back up, they make the perfect cookie for a sundae! Yummy!

  21. Nikki — May 15, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I love a big fat chewy cookies with lots of big chunks of chocolate throughout. I always add some spice to make it a little extra special

  22. Deb — May 15, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    My families favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie is from The Williams & Sonoma Cookie Cookbook. But in reality they will devour any and all new Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes I try!

  23. Patricia Harris — May 15, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    I found a recipe for Mary’s Chocolate Chip Cookies on a Gold Medal Flour package years ago and really like them. They’re similar to Blue Chip Cookies’ chocolate chip recipe (that was a store in some malls, similar to Mrs Field’s).

  24. Pauline Gudas — May 15, 2014 @ 11:44 am (#)

    I love to add chopped toasted walnuts in my chocolate chip cookies.

  25. Katie — May 15, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    I love chocolate chip cookies that have dark chocolate (the good kind!) and any type of nut, but without the nuts, they’re just not the same!

  26. Kristen — May 15, 2014 @ 11:58 am (#)

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are the best!

  27. Sue Roit — May 15, 2014 @ 11:58 am (#)

    Love the traditional toll house with exta vanilla and oatmeal added—don’t really follow the recipe preciseley but they always taste great right out of the oven—chewy of course

  28. lisa — May 15, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#)

    Fav choc chip cookie is oatmeal choc chip cookie!Oatmeal, chocolatechunks (notjust chips) and that’s a wrap

  29. Linda — May 15, 2014 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    These look amazing…. My favorite nut too!! I also love oatmeal cookies…

  30. Isadora @ she likes food — May 15, 2014 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    That had me laughing! I am the exact opposite of your husband, I like to them to be super soft and chewy and underdone if anything. No crispy burnt cookies for this girl! My husband is a Midwestern boy with some strange food cravings that have been passed down form his grandma and his favorite cookie includes the addition of gummy orange candy. It sounds kinda strange, but he has made me a convert. Your cookies look so ooey and gooey, like they would melt in my mouth :)

  31. Elizabeth Devaney — May 15, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    wow! sounds like a science experiment to get it JUST right. looks ah-mazing!

  32. Owen Brenner — May 15, 2014 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    I love a oatmeal choc chunk w/ walnuts. more crispy than gooey, but not hard.

  33. Jessica Zehel — May 15, 2014 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I love chocolate chip cookies that are crunchier on the outside and moist on the inside. I also like to have some cinnamon added!

  34. Chelsea — May 15, 2014 @ 4:23 pm (#)

    Love chocolate chip cookies with nuts in them! crispy on the outside, ooey-gooey on the inside.

  35. blessnel — May 15, 2014 @ 5:37 pm (#)

    I love choco chip cookies with rich macadamia nuts and cashew nuts in them.

  36. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — May 15, 2014 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    Haha, that is too funny! Stephen has the opposite problem – he considers the slightest grill mark to be utter charcoal. I mean, the boy likes his food raw, and not the healthy kind of raw, the undercooked to the max raw. *sigh* These look amazing! I agree, chocolate chip cookies have that homey, comforting taste. Pinning these!

  37. Tracy — May 15, 2014 @ 6:38 pm (#)

    I have a similar recipe to yours… It calls for old fashioned whole wheat flour. I like the idea of using the white wheat flour. My cookies use dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  38. Marina Berryman — May 15, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    I have an awesome recipe that calls for chopped up high-quality bars of chocolate. They are more in the flat category but they somehow are chewy not crispy. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe — I’ve got some serious cookie lovers in my family!

  39. Ellen — May 15, 2014 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    I love chocolate chip cookies with oats in them!

  40. FireRunner2379 — May 15, 2014 @ 7:20 pm (#)

    Today also happens to be my birthday and I do love Chocolate Chip Cookies but did not indulge this year as I am running a marathon this coming Sunday and have stayed away from sweets for the past couple of months. Come Sunday evening, look out because I will be tearing some cookies up! My favorite is the New York Times recipe or the Brown Butter Variety from America’s Test Kitchen. I do like to add different things and lately have been making up plain cookie dough, placing it in the refrigerator and mixing in “stuff” at night. One night I made a dark chocolate chip potato chip cookie, another we had s’mores, the pecan maple bacon was a favorite of my wife’s.
    Sometime ago I made up dough and divided it into individual balls. When family came over I laid out about 2 dozen different ingredients and everybody got to make their own concoction. I then baked them while we ate dinner and enjoyed them afterward. It was a cookie making party.

  41. Kara Hoerr @ RD in the Midwest — May 15, 2014 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    Burnt cookies?! That’s just absurd. I’m right there with you–chocolate chip cookies have to be soft, chewy, and gooey. Yours look amazing and if they taste like the Double Tree cookies, then I’m sold. Just out of curiosity, would it work to take out the ground oats, and replace it with the same amount of white whole wheat flour?

  42. laurasmess — May 15, 2014 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    You write so well Erin. Oh, I love this entire post! I can’t believe that Ben deprives himself of chewy chocolate chip cookie goodness in favour of burnt, charred ones. Each to their own, I guess! I definitely vote on your preference though. And THESE COOKIES. Oh my gosh, they look absolutely perfect!

  43. barbara n — May 15, 2014 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    I love warm chocolate chip cookies with pecans!

  44. Amy C. — May 15, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie is a recipe that I just stumbled upon recently. It has an oreo cookie baked in the middle. Sounds weird, but they really are the best cookies! I’ve received rave reviews about them! Thanks for the chance to win some vanilla extract. It would be put to good use!

  45. denisebustard — May 15, 2014 @ 11:54 pm (#)

    Wow, your Ben and my Ben sound very similar! My Ben doesn’t like anything sweet, including burnt cookies :( So we have a lot of left-overs at my house! Your cookies look amazing! I will have to try your apple cider vinegar and espresso powder tricks, still looking for my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  46. shenANNAgans — May 16, 2014 @ 1:39 am (#)

    Its afternoon tea time in my office right now, the work gang asked for a plate of these beauties to be delivered stat. :) They look super delicious.

  47. jennakitchen86 — May 16, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie is super soft with lots of chocolate chunks!

  48. Sarah — May 16, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    I like oatmeal choc chip cookies with semi-sweet chips and no nuts. I increase the amount of flour that is called for, adding some whole-wheat flour, to make a softer cookie.
    Yours sound great! I will try them sometime.

  49. Luv What You Do — May 16, 2014 @ 8:57 am (#)

    I love gooey chocolate chip cookie bars!
    I had no idea I missed such an exciting holiday. With boyfriends law school graduation this weekend and finals this week, life has been CRAZY! Bring on summer and some summer weather!

  50. Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness — May 16, 2014 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Oh, I’ll have to try out that apple cider vinegar trick! My law student doesn’t like nuts or chewy/borderline doughy chocolate chip cookies, so I feel your pain. Must try this recipe soon…you have me drooling over that one melty cookie shot ;)

  51. AnnaZed — May 16, 2014 @ 9:44 am (#)

    My favorite Chocolate Chip cookie to make is definitely a chips and walnuts variety. I like to use super dark chips. I will try your whole wheat variation though because, why not! There is no reason that the cookie itself needs to be a a plain flour cookie.
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  52. smhuts — May 16, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

    My favorite chocolate chip cookies are firm on the outside, gooey in the middle, and full of dark chocolate and hazelnuts. I just cannot wait to make some now.

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:55 am

      Hazelnuts sound fabulous! I might have to try swapping them for the walnuts sometime. Thanks for the idea!

  53. Maggie Wallace — May 16, 2014 @ 11:00 am (#)

    I love big cakey chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil to make it a bit more healthy to indulge :)

  54. Alyssa — May 16, 2014 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    Oh delish!! These look like perfection to me. I’m with you on the differing ideas of what makes a ‘perfect’ cookie. In my life I have all kinds of people – some love them underdone, and some are in Ben’s camp (seriously, I burned a batch horribly once and the person in question thought I had made them specifically for him!). At least they didn’t hit the trash. :)

  55. Courtney @ Neighborfood — May 16, 2014 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Oh man, what is it with food bloggers having such limited sweet tooths? I will never understand this. Also, I’m totally with you on this one. Burnt cookies are a sacrilege. But these? These look perfect. I’m so intrigued by the apple cider vinegar! Can’t wait to try that!

  56. Kate W — May 16, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    I would have to say that my fav is oatmeal chocolate chip… they always just seem to have the right chewy and soft sweetness that I love! I’m almost completely against nuts in baked goods, however I might need to make these to test that theory!

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:54 am

      Kate, I love the crunch and extra toastiness of the walnuts, but the cookies will still bake perfectly if you leave them out. If you are a fan of chocolate chip oatmeal, I think you’d really enjoy them. Thanks!

  57. Meryl — May 16, 2014 @ 5:13 pm (#)

    My favorite is Thomas Keller’s Chocolate chip cookies from Ad Hoc At Home. (with a few tweaks).

  58. Debbie Z. — May 17, 2014 @ 2:02 am (#)

    My favorite are oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made with canola oil instead of butter or shortening. They are chewy and wonderful.

  59. Sara C — May 17, 2014 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    The best cookie I have had lately is the chocolate chip cookie cake I baked for my daughter’s birthday – it was chewy and delicious! I am going to try this recipe this week! :)

    • Erin Clarke — May 18th, 2014 @ 4:52 am

      Sara, chocolate chip cookie cake was always my bday request growing up. I bet yours was wonderful!

  60. Monet — May 17, 2014 @ 10:55 pm (#)

    Well, yep, I’m pretty much sold. I can see why these are the winners! I’ll be trying them soon, Erin!

  61. Joanne — May 18, 2014 @ 6:00 am (#)

    Oh no he doesn’t!!! I am appalled at Ben’s tastebuds. A.Palled. Thank goodness the.boy and I are on the same CCC wavelength. Chewy and gooey to the max! Can’t wait to try these!

  62. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — May 18, 2014 @ 6:12 am (#)

    Well, actually, being British I don’t have a favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe at all yet, so the floor is wide open! I appreciate how much experimenting you’ve done to get these pretty spot-on, though, so this is definitely getting pinned. That’s so funny that your hubby likes his totally burned! That’s like my hubby wanting barely cooked eggs …. yuck!

  63. Allison @ Clean Wellness — May 18, 2014 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Unfortunately, I’m Canadian and can’t enter, but I will still comment about the cookies! First of all, YUM and second of all, I love a recipe inspired by something store-bought. And that vanilla is my absolute fave! My sister has celiacs and is gluten-free and I only use that brand bc it is certified GF. It has the best taste in the world and doesn’t make her sick. This is just wonderful. I love this recipe and also that your husband likes burnt cookies :)

  64. Karen Delaney — May 18, 2014 @ 10:17 am (#)

    I like the ‘standard’ recipe for Toll House cookies from Betty Crocker

  65. theresa krier — May 19, 2014 @ 4:03 am (#)

    hi, my favorite chocolate cookie is one my mom used to make, she put pudding in the mix, they were so soft & yummy, thanks

  66. Marian — May 20, 2014 @ 5:39 am (#)

    I have an oatmeal cookie recipe that includes instructions to add whatever takes your fancy. It has become my favorite to add chocolate chips and have yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

  67. Bake Your Day — May 20, 2014 @ 7:39 am (#)

    Oh yes! Butter all the way, more brown than white sugar and usually just underdone. Love it!

  68. In Katrina's Kitchen (@katrinaskitchen) — May 20, 2014 @ 8:52 am (#)

    I love thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies. And I swoon over the DoubleTree ones so these are calling my name!

  69. Helen B — May 20, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#)

    Doesn’t get any better than Chocolate Walnut from Levain in NYC.


  70. Brittany Townsley — May 20, 2014 @ 9:42 am (#)

    My Poppy makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I don’t know what he does to make them perfection but I’m pretty sure his special ingredient is love! Cheesy, I know but he’s my favorite cook!!

  71. Patti — May 20, 2014 @ 9:50 am (#)

    I like mine fat, soft, and chewy. Oatmeal, dark chocolate, butter, brown sugar. No nuts. Yours looks good – I’ll try it.

    • Patti — May 20th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

      PS. I’ve always refrigerated my chocolate chip cookie dough before baking too.

  72. Wendy Collins — May 20, 2014 @ 12:04 pm (#)

    I like the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipie!!! Loved making them when I was growing up and love making them for my kids!

  73. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — May 20, 2014 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    This post is everything ever. Your hubby might be insane, but, then again, Alex barely touches any desserts, so we might both have certifiable S.O’s. Thank you so much for posting with us!

  74. jenny — May 20, 2014 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    To me, he best chocolate chip cookies are the ones that are not overloaded with chips so the flavor of the vanilla cookie base can also be enjoyed!

  75. Anne [A Squared] — May 20, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    I love anything with dark chocolate chips!

  76. Amy L Barnes — May 20, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    I love most Cho. chip cookies, but my favorite is my own variation on the Betty Crocker Cookie, 5 minutes out of the oven with a big glass of cold milk!

  77. Beth — May 20, 2014 @ 3:17 pm (#)

    I love homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Nummy!

  78. Sarah Jewell — May 20, 2014 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    Ooey-gooey, right out of the oven…..then shamefully dipped in cool whip before each bite.

  79. Kelsey S — May 20, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    My favorite recipe is the one on the Nestle semi sweet chocolate chip bags. It’s the one my mom always makes, the first recipe I ever made on my own and the first recipe I memorized!

  80. Hearts in My Oven — May 21, 2014 @ 12:22 am (#)

    My favorite recipe is crispy on the outside and just a little soft a chewy in the center. Hmmm. :D love them with some sea salt as well!

  81. Lei — May 21, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    Any version my sister in law decides to bake!

  82. Meghan — May 21, 2014 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    I love oatmeal chocolate chips cookies. The texture is just perfect :)

  83. Rachel B. — May 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm (#)

    I’m on Team Chewy, too! Nothing better than a warm ooey-gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookie right of the oven… those crispy people are sorely mistaken ;)

  84. Annette — May 21, 2014 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie is made by doubling the amount of vanilla and adding cinnamon; sometimes I add some fresh pecans from my dad’s pecan trees.

    • Erin Clarke — May 22nd, 2014 @ 12:14 am

      I love that you have homegrown pecans in your cookies Annette. Delicious and so special too!

  85. Kelly — May 21, 2014 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    These cookies look fantastic! I am team soft and chewy CCC with a slight crispy edge. Love the whole wheat flour, oats and walnuts in here – these sound perfect :)

  86. Maya — May 25, 2014 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    These are sooo good! I left the oats whole, added 1/4c more flour for a little extra height, and upped the cinnamon to 1 1/2 tsp, but mannn I will definitely be making these again! Trying to resist wandering in the kitchen and eating every last one of them. D:
    Thanks for sharing <3!

    • Erin Clarke — May 25th, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

      Maya!! I’m so excited that you liked these cookies, and I love that you doubled the cinnamon. I’m a cinnamon lover too :-) Thanks for taking time to share your review— absolutely makes my day to hear from people who enjoy my recipes!!

  87. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — June 1, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    Yay! Love that they’re 100% whole grain. And I’m totally with you on the not sacrificing taste for health thing. I don’t want no healthy tastin’ desserts! Psh.

    • Erin Clarke — June 1st, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

      Erin you are a whole-grain baking goddess, so that is such a compliment. Thank you!

  88. AJ Conley — June 10, 2014 @ 2:53 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! I am seriously drooling after reading this! It’s like you were reading my mind when it comes to the perfect cookie! Now I need to remember to hit the grocery store after work!!

  89. airdnaa — August 20, 2014 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    Just recently tried this recipe and it fully shamed my previous favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! These were PERFECT. Not too sweet. Not too salty. Just right, perfect texture. New favorite version of my favorite cookie. Thanks Erin!

    • Erin Clarke — August 20th, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

      This comment makes my day!!! I’m so so happy to hear you loved these as much as I do. Cheers and chocolate chip cookies for life!

  90. Anna — February 11, 2015 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    Holy. Schnikes. I just made these and they are INSANELY delicious. Truly. Life-changing. They are making me SO happy right now. 

    Thank you, kind kind lady, bringer of wonder and joy, for providing this recipe. 

  91. Amy G — March 8, 2015 @ 11:55 pm (#)

    Erin, I baked your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe this evening. Now it is my favorite too! Thank you for sharing. Absolutely amazing. 

    • Erin@WellPlated — March 9th, 2015 @ 9:54 am

      HOORAY! High five for the best cookies ever :) Thanks so much for letting me know Amy. This makes my day!

  92. Katie — July 23, 2015 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    Totally derailed from your Going Sugar Free post to check out (and pin) this recipe. I pinned and baked many chocolate chip cookies in my day and didn’t expect to see much variance from the norm when checking this out. HOWEVER, I LOVE that you added apple cider vinegar and espresso powder! Even the cinnamon is a good new spin. This will be the next cookie I bake. Thank you!! I’m excited :)

    • Erin@WellPlated — July 23rd, 2015 @ 2:41 pm

      Katie, those cookies are a worthy distraction! If you try them, I’d love to hear what you think. They are a little bit different, but still have that classic cookie comfort you’d expect. Thank you!

  93. Katie — October 19, 2015 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    Hello. I’m a cookie monster and I really want to try  this recipe:) As a novice baker, I’m not sure about the flour. I just bought a whole wheat pastry flour. Is this the same as you called a white whole wheat flour? I wish it is! Don’t wanna waste time to do shopping LOL Cant wait to try your recipe Thanks ❤️

    • Erin@WellPlated — October 19th, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

      HI Katie! Whole wheat pastry flour actually isn’t the same as white whole wheat flour. Both are whole grain, but have different protein contents, so they give baked goods different final textures. (FYI, white whole wheat flour is called just that: white whole wheat flour.) If you don’t want to go shopping again, I’d swap the 1 cup white whole wheat flour called for in the recipe with 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour. Hope you enjoy!!

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