I make these cookies for Thanksgiving and Christmas as presents. Decorating them in the colors of the season makes for a nice present. If I just would stop nibbling on them, my presents would be larger :) Cookies are not real sweet, but are soft and moist and perfect for tea.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In large bowl, combine first 10 ingredients and blend well. Stir in whole wheat flour.

  • Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with a fork.

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over each cookie. Decorate with M and M's.

  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

210.7 calories; 2.8 g protein; 30.6 g carbohydrates; 12.2 mg cholesterol; 139.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (41)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Consistently soft and absolutely WONDERFUL. I have made them a few times and have successfully replaced 1/2 the butter with applesauce. So I use 1/4 butter 1/4 c. applesauce. They are still soft and irresistible. I also made the apple pie spice mix with 1/4 c. cinnamon 1 Tbsp. allspice 2 tsp. each nutmeg & ginger 1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
So I had to make many many changes to this to make the cookies palatable! Firstly had to lower the oven temp as the outsides were burning to 350 (though my oven isn't known for its consistancy). Also added another tblsp of butter (which I used instead of shortening) and a quarter cup MORE milk as it was looking very dry. The dough wasn't at all sweet (I am not trying to make a cracker!) so I added another 1/4c of sugar as well. Not a fan of chocolates etc in cookies so I mixed cinnamon and sugar and rolled the cookie balls in it before putting them in oven. Now almost as good as white flour cookies! Read More
(5)
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Consistently soft and absolutely WONDERFUL. I have made them a few times and have successfully replaced 1/2 the butter with applesauce. So I use 1/4 butter 1/4 c. applesauce. They are still soft and irresistible. I also made the apple pie spice mix with 1/4 c. cinnamon 1 Tbsp. allspice 2 tsp. each nutmeg & ginger 1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional). Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Consistently soft and absolutely WONDERFUL. I have made them a few times and have successfully replaced 1/2 the butter with applesauce. So I use 1/4 butter 1/4 c. applesauce. They are still soft and irresistible. I also made the apple pie spice mix with 1/4 c. cinnamon 1 Tbsp. allspice 2 tsp. each nutmeg & ginger 1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2004
Very good. I didn't have apple pie spice so I just added a dash each of nutmeg mace and allspice and a big splash of cinnamon. These were a big hit with my 4 year old. Thank you for a great recipe! Oh I used real butter instead of shortening (we don't use trans fats). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2003
This is an average sugar cookie recipe spiced up a little bit. I refrigerated the dough and rolled it out for cut out cookies and it worked fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
just made these wuth my kids and I have to say we will NEVER go back to white flour sugar cookies. I used to do 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour but this was awsome! I did not uses m&m's and I used butter instead of shortning. they are awsome! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2005
My kids love these cookies. I really like how they stayed soft. I refrigerated the dough and used a car cookie cutter to make shaped cookies. It's great to find a healthier alternative! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2005
These are really good cookies! You wouldn't know that they were made with whole wheat flour. My first pan spread a bit too much so with the rest I shook balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar in a zip lock bag & didn't flatten them at all. I will make them again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2008
I used demerara sugar instead of white and used cinnamon and nutmeg more cinnamon than nutmeg though and the cookies turned out great! I think brown sugars should definitely be used over white; they give a different flavour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2003
These are really good - plain but the spice gives them just the right amount of zip. Received good response both at home and work! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2008
Wow! These were amazing & very easy. I'm always looking for healthier cookies for me & my family. Next time I'm going to try using xylitol instead of sugar. I'll make these often!! Enjoy!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2010
So I had to make many many changes to this to make the cookies palatable! Firstly had to lower the oven temp as the outsides were burning to 350 (though my oven isn't known for its consistancy). Also added another tblsp of butter (which I used instead of shortening) and a quarter cup MORE milk as it was looking very dry. The dough wasn't at all sweet (I am not trying to make a cracker!) so I added another 1/4c of sugar as well. Not a fan of chocolates etc in cookies so I mixed cinnamon and sugar and rolled the cookie balls in it before putting them in oven. Now almost as good as white flour cookies! Read More
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