Whole-wheat Flax, Fruit, and Spice Cookies

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by winkki

I'm not especially into sweets but I have gotten really addicted to these little cookies off the side of a box of Uncle Sam cereal. (I'm assuming it's only available in the US, but it's a low-glycemic index cereal made of little whole-grain wheat crisps..bigger than a rice krispy, small than a flake..and flax seeds. You might be able to substitute a combo of wheat/bran flakes and flax seeds if it isn't in stores near you.) This is NOT an especially sweet cookie, with only 1/5 c. sugar per dozen cookies. It's more like a chewy little health food treat - a cake like cookie with crunchy bits of flax and wheat grains in it. But my kids love them and don't seem to notice they aren't sugar-laden. If you want, you could add 1/2 c brown sugar to sweeten them up a bit, or some honey or maple syrup. You can also add a bit of nutmeg or ginger to perk up the spices. I vary the kinds of dried fruit I add (dates and dried cranberries are great; my kids also like a combo of regular raisins and golden raisins), and sometimes throw in a little wheat germ, sunflower seeds, etc. I have also subbed half of the oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. I sometimes grab a few for breakfast on the run. If you're looking for a chewy, non-sugary snack that personalizes well to your own taste, this may be the one!

Top Review by mandabears

I really thought these cookies were excellent. I used dried cranberries mixed with dried pieces of pineapple and we all loved them. healthy and delicious. thank you for this terrific recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cream together oil and sugar until well-blended.
  2. Add eggs; beat 2 minutes.
  3. Beat in vanilla, orange juice,& orange rind.
  4. Sift together flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Beat flour mixture into orange-egg mixture.
  6. Fold in Uncle Sam cereal and fruit; mix well.
  7. Dough will be sticky.
  8. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  9. (A heaping spoonful of dough will spread to approx a 3" cookie).
  10. Flatten slightly with moistened fork if desired.
  11. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes (in my oven it works better to do 7-8 min at 375; adjust depending upon how your oven cooks).
  12. Cool briefly on cookie sheet then remove to cooling rack.
  13. Store in airtight container.

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