Healthier Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chewy, buttery whole wheat chocolate chip cookies with all the flavour and one third less sugar

There’s nothing like a classic chocolate chip cookie. Chewy and a little buttery they are a treat like no other.

I hardly ever make them because they disappear in a flash.

My daughter sneaks them before breakfast.  I have found them stashed on my son’s windowsill, behind the roman blind. (He can eat half a dozen in a sitting if I don’t tuck them away and dole them out one at a time.)

My kids are not starved for homemade treats but when classic chocolate chip cookies are in the house they behave like they haven’t seen a sweet in months.


Chewy, buttery whole wheat chocolate chip cookieswith a hint of molasses and one third less sugar

This is a healthier version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. I reduced the sugar by 1/3 which improved the flavour balance and I added a little molasses to make the texture chewy. I use whole wheat or spelt flour, add ground flax or wheat germ and I cut back on the chocolate chips. (Don’t worry, there are still loads).

The result is a chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie with substance and lots of flavour.

Chewy, buttery whole wheat chocolate chip cookies with all the flavour and one third less sugar

Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Adapted from Saveur)

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

  • 2 ¼ cups whole wheat or spelt flour (all purpose is fine too)
  • 3 Tbsp ground flax or wheat germ
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips
  1. In a medium bowl combine the flour, flax, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another, good sized bowl cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add molasses then eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by tablespoonful on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes at 375 F.

Don’t cook them too long if you want them to be chewy.

Do you prefer rolled oats in your chocolate chip cookies? Take a look at my recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with dried cranberries.


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Chewy whole wheat chocolate chip cookies with a hint of molasses.

6 thoughts on “Healthier Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Joan E. Dooley says:

    I have been looking for a chewey chocolate chip recipe for a long, long time. I think this could be the one. It sounds like a good one.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Jane, I hope that you enjoyed them!

  2. Jane Whelan says:

    I will definitely be making these cookies. They sound soooo yummy. Am going to write this recipe down right now.

    Thanks so mucy

    1. Jane Whelan says:

      I just wrote a comment and it disappeared.

      Your recipe is sounding so delicious. I am going to write out this one. And possibly bake them today.

      Thanks so much.>

      1. Bridget says:

        Hi Jane, I hope that you enjoy the cookies. My latest batch disappeared completely on the weekend. (P.S. Your first comment arrived safe and sound)

  3. limda hannah says:

    Great ty ty

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