Introduction: Christmas Cookies - Whole Wheat

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'tis the season for enriched bleached flour, refined white sugars, and other desserts!

Why not try making sugar cookies with whole wheat?

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Admittedly, you'll literally be replacing all-purpose flour with whole wheat four on a 1:1 ratio, but it is something worth trying and seeing if you like. Once baked, there's only a slight difference, and chances are lower that you'll have a sugar high from simply in-taking gluten, since your body actually treats white flour just like sugar - it goes straight to the bloodstream.

Whole wheat flour doesn't act like that, which is the advantage to using whole wheat in any recipe. I don't recommend this substitution in every recipe, but it certainly works for cookies.

Step 1: Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Step 2: Cream It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cream the softened butter and powdered sugar in a stand mixer.

Step 3: Egg It

Add the egg and vanilla to the sugar mixture, and whip it until combined

Step 4: Dry Ingredients

Combine whole wheat flour and baking soda in a separate bowl, then add to the sugar mixture, stirring until just combined.

Step 5: Roll & Cut It

If the dough is wet still, and sticks to your fingers, add more flour.

Sprinkle a clean surface with flour, and roll the dough out.

Cut out and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Step 6: Bake It

Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until golden around the edges.

Step 7: Frost and Enjoy!

Frost the cookies using your favorite cookie frosting recipe, and enjoy!

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