It's quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake cookies whenever you need something sweet. The recipe makes enough dough so you can bake half and put the other half in the freezer--ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012


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Recipe Summary

3 hrs
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Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk white whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Beat sugar, oil and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high until smooth, scraping down the sides. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.

  • Place half the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a 10-inch log (it's OK if it's not perfectly round). Repeat with the remaining dough. Wrap and freeze until just firm, about 45 minutes. Reroll the logs to make them rounder and return to the freezer until very firm, at least 1 hour more.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  • Remove one roll of dough at a time from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Unwrap the dough and slice crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, turning the dough a quarter turn after each slice to help keep the cookies round. Place 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. If your cookies aren't as round as you want them to be, shape the dough with your fingers. Sprinkle each cookie with a little coarse sugar and gently press it into the cookie to help it adhere.

  • Bake 8 minutes for soft cookies or 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining roll of dough, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Store wrapped rolls of dough in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Tip: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at or Store it in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

45 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 6.7g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 2.8g; fat 1.8g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 6.9mg; vitamin a iu 27.3IU; folate 8.3mcg; calcium 3.1mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 0.8mg; potassium 8.5mg; sodium 24.1mg; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (6)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
Too dry Very crumbly cookies. I'm an avid baker and wanted to try a healthier cookie recipe. From the start I could tell the ratio of wet to dry ingredients was off. I followed the recipe but I added a few additional tablespoons of canola oil to combat the dry texture. Despite the addition of extra canola oil the cookies ended up baking into a crumbly mess. Cons: Dry crumbly texture Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super Easy Super Yummy I made the cinnamon version of these cookies and they were a huge hit. They're super easy and really yummy. They're not overly sweet which I like. Pros: Quick and easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
O My G. We came up with so many flavors... Orange juice and orange zest. Applesauce instead of oil. Dried Lavender Flowers. (my personal fav.) Lemon we added chopped up cranraisins to a batch. The possibilities are endless really. Thanks for the Terrific Recipe. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Lemon and other flavors My son wanted lemon cookies so we added the zest of one organic lemon to the dough. Success! Any other flavor ideas? Please share! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Perhaps I did something wrong? I may very well have done something wrong after reading other folks reviews. Mine were horrible. They were crumbly before going in the freezer and weren't forgiving after coming out of the freezer. I still baked them. They were clearly wrong in texture and the flavor was just bland. btw I made no substitutions. Pros: none Cons: barely edible Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I wasn't sure I would like them but I LOVE them! I made the almond and coconut & the chocolate chip ones. The kids and my husband LOVED them. I feel good about making these for my family and not worrying about harmful ingredients preservatives and sugar filled cookies. These are great! They are sweet but not too sweet. Give these a chance you will NOT regret it!!!! They are also very easy to put together. Pros: Very healthy for cookies can be frozen and sliced and baked quickly. Cons: none. Read More