Whole Wheat Cookies Kids Will Love

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on January 16, 2013 · 1 comment

Everyone loves cookies. They are found in 90% of all homes. As parents you struggle with letting your children enjoy a favorite food and offering snacks that are good for them. This recipe for Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies is both. They are easy to make (we baked them with a 3-year old) and they freeze well, providing a quick pick for brown-bag lunches.

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

(makes about 30, 3-inch cookies)

Preheat oven to 375oF.

2 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup (4 tablespoons) butter or margarine
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon orange peel (optional)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons nonfat or lowfat milk

Topping (optional), mix together:

½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

In medium-sized bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed gradually adding granulated sugar. Beat mixture until creamy and combined. Add egg, orange peel, vanilla and milk; beat mixture until well combined.

Stir in the flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.

Shape into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped into topping mixture.

Bake cookies in a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

One cookie = 74 calories, 3 grams fat, 13 milligrams cholesterol, 12 grams carb, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram protein, and 59 milligrams sodium.

Developed by: Wheat Food Council and Kansas Wheat Commission.

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