Does a healthy cookie shaped like Darth Vader taste better? Probably so but you don’t have to worry about convincing your kid that these somewhat healthy cookies are good because they really are good! The sturdiness of the whole wheat is offset by the wonderful sweetness of the honey. Perfectly appealing to both children (who gobbled them up with a cup of almond milk) and adults (who enjoyed them with a cup of tea) alike.
I adapted these cookies from A Chow Life’s Easy Honey Wheat Cookies recipe. I highly suggest you try her recipe. Absolutely delicious cookies! Using more sugar and white flour makes for more of a sugar cookie that’s healthier than most. I made the original recipe first and seriously had to restrain myself from engorging on them during nap. They only reason I changed the recipe (half the sugar and whole wheat pastry flour) was because I knew there was no way I was going to keep Jacks crafty little fingers away from these!
Just in case you were wondering, we got the Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma last year. I believe they’re still available. Edit: Yup, here they are!
Whole Wheat Honey Cookies
adapted from A Chow Life
– 1 3/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
– 1/3 cup wheat germ
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 large egg
1. Combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
2. Mix sugar and lemon juice in your stand mixer bowl (or any other large bowl).
3. Add butter and mix on medium speed for a couple minutes.
4. Add egg and honey, mix for a couple more minutes until fluffy and creamy.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture.
6. Transfer and wrap mixture in plastic wrap. Let chill in fridge for 2+ hours.
7. Remove from fridge and roll out to about 1/4 inch. (My dough was still pretty sticky so I had to use a good amount of flour to prevent it from sticking to the board and rolling pin.)
8. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon sheet at 350 on the center rack for 10-13 minutes.
Jack is usually so eager to help me in the kitchen but today he was much more interested in the Star Wars cookie cutters. I can’t say I fault him. They are ridiculously fun. Max…not so much. He was more interested in my large bottle of olive oil. Can’t say I fault him either. 😉
I can’t remember what cooking without two crazy little boys feels like. One day, I know, I ‘ll blink and be alone in the kitchen again, remembering my sweet little helpers.