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Whole Wheat Critters

Whole Wheat CrittersRecipe courtesy of the Wheat Foods Council and Chef Gale Gand.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer or wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Add honey and vanilla extract; beat until well blended.
  2. In small bowl, combine flours and baking powder; add to butter-sugar mixture, alternately with milk, until well blended.
  3. Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  5. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and cinnamon together.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out with 3-inch or larger animal-shaped cookie cutters.
  7. Place on ungreased baking sheets; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are just beginning to brown. Place cookies on a wire rack to cool.

Makes 36 cookies.

Recipe courtesy of "Food for Thought: From Parents to Children" - a cookbook created from the collaboration of the Wheat Foods Council, Chef Gale Gand and parents around the country. By purchasing the book for $3.50, you can support Spoons Across America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers and families about the benefits of healthy eating. The 35 nutritious and flavorful wheat-based recipes found within the book are fun to make and will help teach children about nutritious food choices.

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Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/36 of recipe): Calories: 88; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Total Carbs: 15g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 1g; Sodium: 72mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Wheat Foods Council.