Whole-wheat Flax, Fruit, and Spice Cookies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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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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.

mandabears June 28, 2004

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