Monday, September 27, 2010

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

These Whole What Sugar Cookies have stolen my heart!
In MaMa's on-going quest to make delicious cookies that are halfway healthy, we've had another victory!  I can't tell you how many different sugar cookie recipes she's tried to convert to whole wheat flour, so MaMa had mixed feelings when she saw that this month's Daring Bakers' Challenge was to make decorated sugar cookies.  As the official Joseph's Grainery taste-tester, I'd say these are delicious (and pretty cute too)!

Part of the challenge was to decorate the cookies in a "September Theme" - whatever September means to you, well, apparently at our house September means "love".  MaMa says that the heart cookie cutter was the only one that hadn't migrated to the play-dough pin, so that should explain why you're only seeing heart shaped cookies here.


Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
by Joseph's Grainery



Your favorite decorated cookie goes halfway healthy.
Ingredients
For the Royal Icing:
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape the bowl and add the sifted flours. Mix well. Divide into three pieces. Roll out each of the 3 portions between two sheets of parchment paper. Refridgerate for 30 minutes. Place on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to form the cookies. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and allow to rest in the fridge for 30 additional minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until a light golden brown.
For the Royal Icing
  • Beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined. Sift the powdered sugar to remove lumps and add it to the egg whites. Beat on low until combined and smooth. Use immediately.




This little device came in quite handy while decorating the cookies.  It was one of the items MaMa received while attending the International Food Bloggers Conference.

Sugar Cookie on Foodista

11 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a whole-wheat biscuit. Was the icing tube easy to use? I've seen them before but always been put off invade they were a gimick and maybe a little hard to wash up too!

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  2. I have never had whole wheat sugar cookies...those look so good though!

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  3. They look beautiful! Wonderful job!

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  4. I have wondered about converting sugar cookies. They are so delicate and whole wheat is so, well, not. What I really want to know is what did bakers do before the twentieth century and the invention of AP flour?! Your cookies look delicious. I had to smile at the cookie cutters in the play dough box. I have a play dough tyrant myself.

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  5. What a great idea to make the cookies whole wheat. And the design is very elegant, great job!

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  6. What a wonderful idea to convert these to whole wheat cookies! These are positively beautiful!

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  7. I would have never thought to even attempt making sugar cookies with whole wheat flour, but these look spectacular!
    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  8. What a "sweet" idea. I love the idea of whole wheat sugar cookies. :-) And, I LOVE your photo's....great job!!!!

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  9. These cookies look wonderful! Love the heart shapes!

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  10. will definitely try whole wheat cookies

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  11. Whole wheat sugar cookies. Now there's an idea! They look great, I'll have to try it out some time.

    I also really love that squeezy thing for the icing :D

    Thanks for taking part of the September challenge :)

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