A Better Chocolate Chip Cookie? Try Susanne Jensen’s Naturally Sweet and Delicious Recipe and See

A typical chocolate chip cookie--no match for the updated chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies made by Susanne Jensen (recipe is after the jump)

While some facts about the history of that American classic, the chocolate chip cookie, are in dispute, there seems to be agreement that it originated at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, back the the 1930’s. Legend has it that the cookie became known around the U.S. when World War II G.I.’s from Massachusetts shared cookies sent from home with their fellow soldiers. The typical recipe includes both brown and white sugar, white flour, eggs and butter or shortening. No wonder that new, nutrition-dense versions are becoming ever more popular. Susanne Jensen, natural foods chef and cooking teacher, made these cookies last Monday for our weekly vegetarian dinners in Palo Alto, and received many requests for her well-loved recipe. She shares her recipe after the jump. Can a cookie this good be healthy as well?  Try baking some, and see…


(Makes 20-22 cookies)


1 ½ cups rolled oats, ground to a coarse meal in a food processor or blender

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup hazelnuts, chopped coarsely

1 cup malt sweetened chocolate chips

1/2 cup walnut or canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup rice syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Oil cookie sheet.

3. Place ground oats, flour, salt, baking soda, hazel nuts and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Mix well.

4. In a smaller bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, rice syrup and vanilla. Whisk together.

5. Stir wet ingredients into dry.

6. Shape dough into golf ball-size balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten dough to a thickness of 1/3 inch.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack for cooling.


2 responses

  1. Are they really Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies? If it looks like a duck and quacks like duck then it’s (yes) a Duck. I’m calling them Special Oatmeal cookies, thanks. Now how about Susanne Jensen’s Famous Rhubarb Strawberry pie. Now that’s worth writing and talking about. You heard it one of Susanne Experts…

    Michael Stokes

  2. Best alternative chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! Crunchy, nutty, delicate with just the right amount of sweetness. My all time favorite. Anyone who’s lucky enough to try these always agrees. The real question is : How can a cookie made without butter, eggs, white flour and sugar taste this good and be made from such great ingredients? This cookie is almost good for you!!!

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