Whole Wheat Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

salted whole wheat chocolate chip cookies
salted whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Inspired by the Levain on the Upper West Side, but with whole wheat pastry flour, these are a copycat Levain chocolate chip cookie recipe but with whole wheat flour. These Levain chocolate chip cookies are the best a tad undercooked — that’s how you get the gooey, molten middle.

Whole Wheat Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Making cookies is really more of an art than a science. But the science part I do believe in here is a MUST. You have to let the dough chill in the fridge for at least 12 hours or more. My pro tip for this crucial step is – I like to scoop out the dough while the butter is still malleable. Then “age” them in the fridge rather than try to scoop out rock hard dough. It truly is a game changer when making cookies from scratch. Try it both ways and just see for yourself how much of a difference it makes in your Levain chocolate chip cookies!

Levain chocolate chip cookies made with whole wheat flour.

This recipe makes gigantic cookies – 12 cookies that are about the size of your hand!! Their size is what makes them even more fun!

salted whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Whole Wheat Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mimi Newman
A copycat of the famous Levain chocolate chip cookies – these are humongous and fully an inch tall! – but with whole wheat flour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 12 hrs
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 14 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 273 kcal


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder if you can’t find your baking powder, you can use 1/2 teaspoon more of baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup teaspoons
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs straight from the fridge
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups dark chocolate chips


  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine the dry ingredients
  • Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate chips into batter. using an ice cream scoop, scoop out cookie dough into 12 even dough balls and store on in whatever fits all the dough (jelly roll pan?) in the fridge for min 12 hrs.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
  • sprinkle the cookie dough with sea salt and bake until light brown, 14 minutes was perfect for me. cool. eat


cook time doesn’t take into account the recommended 24-36 hours of chilling for the dough


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 239mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chocolate chip cookies, Levain chocolate chip cookies, whole wheat chocolate chunk cookies
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