Wheaties Cookie Recipe: Easy to Make Homemade Cookies with Step by Step Photos
Family Favorite Cookie Recipes
For many years as I was growing up I watched my mother make homemade cookies. When I was old enough she would let me help stir the batter and best of all lick the spoons! Finally she let me do more of the preparation work with her as I continued to age. Under her watchful eyes this became a fun family project.
In those days kids took lunch boxes to school and my two younger brothers and I could always count on a couple of homemade cookies along with our sandwich and piece of fruit or little box of raisins. My dad also took a lunch pail to work in those days.
My mother was an excellent cook and baker. Not only did we have the homemade cookies but she also baked bread for those sandwiches. She baked many loaves during the week to help feed our family of five. On her baking days the house smelled so wonderful from those yeast breads. Sometimes we would come home from school and get to eat some bread that was still warm from just being baked.
This post relates to some of her cookie baking and I'll share one of our favorite recipes with you readers.
Ingredients for These Wheaties Cookies:
- 1 cup shortening ( I use butter flavored Crisco )
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups Wheaties
- 2 cups shredded coconut
#1. Begin by creaming the shortening. I still have a hand held electric mixer that is an old one but it still does the job!
#2. After the shortening is creamed, add both sugars, the eggs and vanilla and blend together well. Make sure the cookie batter is well blended before going on to the next step.
#3. Next add the shredded coconut and blend together.
#4. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder through a sieve into a separate bowl.
#5. After the dry ingredients are sifted add them gradually to the cookie mixture and keep blending.
#6. Finally blend the wheaties into the cookie mixture.
#7. After thoroughly blending, chill the dough in the refrigerator. This can be done for several hours or cover it and even leave it overnight to be baked the next day.
After the cookie batter is well chilled, roll into balls about the size of walnuts and place onto greased cookie sheets. (I use the product Pam and spray the cookie sheets).
#8. Bake at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 8 to 12 minutes or until browned. If using a convection oven this timing can be reduced up to a couple of minutes.
#9. Cool on racks until completely cooled before putting away in containers.
Baked cookiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ready to taste some Wheatie cookies? Here is the final product pictured above. Enjoy!
This makes about 5 dozen crisp cookies and they freeze well if so desired.
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Here is some interesting information about the Wheaties boxes. Some people actually collect them and sell them on sites like EBay! Known as the "Breakfast of Champions" numerous athletes, Olympians and sports figures have been featured on these breakfast cereal boxes since 1934.
Examples of some of the sports figures who have been featured come from these fields of expertise.
- Auto racing
- Track and field
- Figure and speed skating
- Snowboarding and skateboarding
- Basketball and more have been featured.
Our Wheaties box will go into our recycle bin. If you have the room and wish to make some money years from now, you might wish to start collecting these eye catching boxes and hope that this interest continues. Certainly there will be no lack of subject matter nor star athletes who will continue to grace these cereal boxes.
It must be such a thrill for each of the athletes to make it onto a Wheaties box!
For many years my dear mother and I baked Christmas cookies to give as gifts. While some are more plain looking like these Wheaties cookies, others had more decorations and colors. The coconut flavor as well as the spices makes this a delicious cookie and makes a great addition to a cookie assortment.
I am once again embarking upon this long tradition for Christmas cookie gifts this year but will have to do so without my mother's help this year as she is now in a heavenly realm. She passed this recipe on down to me and now I will share it with you the reader.
Perhaps you have cookie baking traditions with your own family?
Do you have favorite family recipes that you routinely bake year after year?
© 2011 Peggy Woods