I love baking cookies. The smell of freshly baked cookies is one that I’ll never get tired of. And eating freshly baked cookies is an experience I hope everyone gets to have at least once (hopefully many, many times) in their lifetimes.
This fall, I went a little different from my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe. I decided to bake up a batch of sugar cookies using some home-ground whole wheat flour.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup butter – softened
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Sprinkles or mini M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- 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&Ms and/or sprinkles.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
This recipe can be very hands on, whether it’s rolling the cookie dough balls and flattening them, or adding the sprinkles and M&Ms to the top of the cookies, so it’s a great recipe to bake with the kids.
First mix the first 10 ingredients together in the bowl. The extra sugar, cinnamon and toppings will go on later.
Then, make the cookie dough balls. You can use your hands or use a rounded tablespoon to portion the dough, then roll it around in your hand to make it a ball. Flatten the dough with a fork or your fingertips then top with the cinnamon and sugar mix, followed by sprinkles or M&Ms.
Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it has a more complex flavor than the traditional sugar cookie. The apple pie seasoning adds a wonderful hint of spice that makes these totally awesome for the fall season (or any season really.)