Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies & How to Fix School Lunchbox Fatigue

Servings: 36 cookies serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

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whole wheat chocolate chunk cookies

How to relieve school lunch fatigue during the school-year home stretch

April showers bring school lunch fatigue. Every year. My kids get so tired of school lunches that they were skipping lunch altogether. They’re big on breakfast so they’d head off to school with full bellies but after eating just an apple for lunch they’d come home from school grumpy and ravenous.

I figured if they were really hungry they’d eat what we have in the house. And there is lots of food in our house. It didn’t matter. They were hungry and they still wouldn’t pack a lunch from home. It made no sense to me.

Notice to mom: “Homemade food is boring.”

whole wheat chocolate chunk cookies


All this lunchtime not eating was driving my husband crazy until he came up with a simple idea. He sat down with the kids, asked for their lunch ideas, stuff that we don’t usually have in the house.

They wanted store bought white bread, store bought granola bars, store bought animal crackers.

They wanted Kraft Dinner (we found a compromise) and sushi on Fridays.

We bought the groceries (compromised on a couple of things.). My daughter drew up a Monday-to-Friday menu plan and stuck it on the fridge.

Full lunches = full bellies.

whole wheat chocolate chunk cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies made the cut

The only homemade stuff that isn’t boring is this recipe for chocolate chunk cookies. Made with whole grain flour they have a bit of nutritional value along with those delicious chunks of good dark chocolate.

The recipe is from the excellent new cookbook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.  I have been cooking from it non stop since I got it this winter and I bought extra copies to give away.

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The original recipe called for ½ cup of honey. I substituted molasses for half of the honey to add flavour and make them a little less sweet (molasses is about 25% less sweet than honey). Feel free to reduce the sugar to 2/3 of a cup if you want to lower the sweet factor a bit more. 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange Zest Recipe

Adapted slightly from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups whole white or all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange
  • About 250 g good dark chocolate or a heaping cup of dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and honey.
  4. Beat in eggy one at a time, then vanilla and orange zest.
  5. Stir in flour mixture then chocolate chunks.
  6. Drop by tablespoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 11 minutes (check early).

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