Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

"Prep time includes 30 minutes for chilling the dough."
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Ready In:
12 cookies




  • Mix sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy.
  • Add milk, lemon rind, vanilla and egg; mix well.
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; mix well.
  • Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 375°.
  • Mix the 2 Tbsp sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Roll in the cinnamon mixture.
  • Place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until light brown.
  • Cool for 1 minute before removing from pan.

Questions & Replies

  1. I was a bit sad about not being able to roll them out too... might be worth changing the picture to the actual cookie... Having said that, How long do these last once cooked please?
  2. I picked this recipe because the covers showed cut-out cookies is there a way to use this for cutouts? I was really disappointed when I got to the bottom and saw that it suggested doing balls I did try adding some flour in rolling out but it did not work


  1. I used orange zest because I didn't have lemon. They were still wonderful. I also use ground flax as an egg substitute (due to food allergies) and they turned out great!
  2. You can completely skip the zest and it's still like crack. Awesome recipie.
  3. One great cookie! I followed the recipe...except I used a little less sugar and added the cinnamon to the dough. ;) I'm going to play with this one and try to get the calorie count down so I can make them more often. The spices and lemon zest make this a stand above the crowd, cookie. <br/>Made for MizzNezz's cook-a-thon. Stay strong girl.
  4. These were really good cookies! I am so happy to find a 100% whole wheat cookie recipe that my family will eat without question. I used white whole wheat flour, because of its milder flavor, and my hubby was so disappointed when the cookies were gone. A few comments I have is that I'm not sure I'd call them "sugar cookies", because of the spices involved, and the fact that cinnamon is included in the sugar coating (kinda like a snickerdoodle w/lemon flavor). Whatever you decide to call them, they are good. I know that these will be requested very soon, because whenever I can find one recipe that all 8 (yes, eight!) of us agree on, I know I've found a winner! Thanks so much!
  5. Best sugar cookies ever. Very simple recipe. Followed ingredient list except the cinnamon. The nutmeg gives it a really nice flavor so it should not be left out. I did sub turbinado sugar for the regular sugar and I didnt use the full cup; I think it was more like close to 3/4 but not quite as I didnt want my daughter having too much sugar. She used cutters and rolled them out and cut them pretty much by herself. The texture is great; not cakey but not rock hard either; more like an inbetween chewey/soft texture. I liked that they were not too sweet but it didnt taste like I cut back on the sugar at all. We left some plain and covered some with sprinkles. Cannot imagine making a different recipe with this being much healthier. Thanks for sharing!


  1. Used rapadura sugar. Also, my daughter hates lemon so I used orange rind, and I don’t like nutmeg so I used a pinch each of nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, anise, and cloves. Very nice!
  2. I use orange extract instead of the lemon! Delish
  3. Great cookie
  4. Rice crispies.
  5. Good cookies! I used cardamom instead of nutmeg, and added a half tsp. of almond extract. I agree about not leaving out the lemon rind. It really does contribute a nice layer of flavor with the spices. I will be making these often. Thanks!


After DH and I moved away from the farm, and to the city...I haven't done as much cooking and very little canning. But I do come to Zaar and look for new recipes once in a while. I'm still cooking Zaar!! I like to play at Facebook, with my family and friends. A lot of my Zaar friends are there!! Yay! It's a good way to keep in touch. We travel more. We're looking at the European trips now. Hope to go in the springtime. I really want to see London, I think I lived there in a past life, I've been obsessed with it since I was 10 years old!!
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