Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies. Except maybe baking special holiday cookies with your kids while Christmas carols play in the background.
We tried a healthy spin on a traditional sugar cookie this time around. These cookies are made with white whole wheat flour, vegan butter, Greek yogurt, and just a touch of sugar.
What is white wheat flour?
According to The Whole Grains Council, “White wheat is a diﬀerent type of wheat that has no major genes for bran color. An easy way to think of it is as a sort of albino wheat. The bran of white wheat is not only lighter in color but it’s also milder in ﬂavor, making whole white wheat more appealing to many people accustomed to the taste of reﬁned ﬂour. ”
So, the nutritional content of white wheat flour is the same as that of traditional red wheat flour. Because nothing is removed, whole grain flours contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
The dietitian in me is very excited about the health aspect of these cookies. The mom in me is even more excited about the memories I created with my kids. They both participated in every step of cookie making: measuring, sifting, mixing, laying out the dough, and eating!
I think Santa would be happy to have these sugar cookies Christmas Eve!
Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
Yes it is possible… A healthy sugar cookie! Made with white wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and butter substitute, these cookies were a hit with my kids!
- 3/4 Cup White wheat flour
- 1/4 Tsp Baking soda
- 1/4 Tsp Baking powder
- 2 Tb Butter substitute (I used Earth Balance)
- 3 Tb Vanilla low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Each Egg
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all dry ingredients- flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix butter, yogurt, and egg together.
Create the dough by mixing the wet and dry ingredients together.
Roll out the cookies and separate each hy 2 inches on a parchment- or silicone- lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes.
For a softer cookie, try refrigerating the dough until cold. Then pop them in the oven to bake.
If you prefer a less textured cookie, you can substitute half of the flower with regular refined flour.
This recipe makes 2 dozen small cookies. It would yield 1 - 2 dozen cookies, depending on how big you roll them.