Big Batch Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Servings: 3.5 - 4 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

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Big Batch Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are baked in an 11″ x 17″ sided baking pan so can feed a crowd. Made with olive oil, a little melted butter, whole wheat flour and flax.

Big Batch Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with molasses, flax and olive oil

If you need a big batch of cookies in a hurry this is your recipe.

Based on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe these whole wheat chocolate chip cookie bars have everything you love about a wholesome cookie, in a quick-to-bake bar.

Sweetened with a little molasses, our whole wheat chocolate chip cookie bars have a deep caramelized flavour. Whole wheat flour and ground flax add flavour and fibre and a combination of olive oil and melted butter for the fat means that you can mix them easily by hand and don’t have to wait for butter to soften.

This recipe makes a big batch. Baked in an 11″ x 17″ sided baking pan (sided cookie sheet) this recipe can easily make four dozen bars. Cut them larger and top them with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Molasses is a great ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, adding flavour and moisture. We have a whole page devoted to chocolate chip cookies. (18 recipes and counting.) Take a look!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 heaping cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Extra chocolate chips for sprinkling (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Line a 11×17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together olive oil, melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, molasses and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
    4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
    5. Stir in flours, flax, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir until almost combined.
    6. Add chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
    7. Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly, right to the edges. (It’s easiest to use wet hands for this job.)
    8. Sprinkle over extra chocolate chips and press into the dough.
    9. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until golden and set.
    10. Cool on a rack. Let cool before cutting.

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8 thoughts on “Big Batch Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  1. helen cecckin says:

    Could I use coconut oil instead?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Helen, I haven’t tried this recipe with coconut oil so am not sure. Definitely worth a try though.

  2. Beverley Vincent says:

    it would be helpful if calorie count was included with recipes

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Beverley, I have added the calorie count to the recipe.

  3. Mary says:

    Could you please provide Nutritional facts specifically carbohydrates and fiber.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mary, I have added nutritional facts to this recipe. Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. Joe says:

    I like these recipes, however, when I want to print them, some want to use five sheets of paper. I really just need the materials list and the method. Is there any chance of paper-saving settings in the future?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Joe, Apologies for the printing pains on the site. I have started to put our recipes into a new format that is easier to print.

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