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Prep Time:
15 mins
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Flax Cookies

Kids will not even think about chocolate chips after biting into these tasty yet nutritious cookies.



  1. In bowl, beat together butter and brown and granulated sugars until light; beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, oats, flaxseeds and baking soda; stir into butter mixture until soft dough forms.
  3. Drop by level tablespoonfuls (15 ml), 2" (5 cm) apart, on ungreased rimless baking sheets.
  4. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350 °F (175 °C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until golden, 12 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer cookies to rack; let cool. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper and freeze in airtight container for up to 1 month.)
  6. Note: based on recipe from The Canadian Living Test Kitchen.
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can I use oil insted of butter
17 Oct 12 by member: shahad khan
Not appropriate for low carb
25 Sep 12 by member: antm621
Put a slice or two fo bread slices with the cookies to stay soft.
31 Jul 12 by member: TinyT618
This recipe as written would need modification to make it Atkins friendly. Crushing the flax seeds, substituting the sugar and flour with low carb alternatives such as splenda and a nut flour instead may work.
16 May 12 by member: Wispo
Recipe definitely needs modification as many of u have stated but seems to be a good base to work off of. Anyone try to use soy flour for these yet, maybe a half and half mix?
21 May 11 by member: lowcarbguy
I used splenda & splenda brown sugar blend and I used almond flour/meal-they were very good this way.
06 Mar 11 by member: Pope Joan
Delicious! I kept the flaxseeds whole as roasting them opens them up during the cooking process and adds to the crunchiness. I used 1 egg WHITE in place of a full egg and 1/4 cup DARK brown sugar but no granulated sugar and added chopped walnuts. I will surely make these again. Thanks for sharing!
17 Jan 11 by member: MiaRose
Yummy ^^. Seems like a really good substitute for the chocolate chip cookies i make.No chocolate in them but i prefer these for an indulgence. (much better for you) I used everything the same just used milled flax seed 1/3 cup. Thanks for the recipe.
14 Dec 10 by member: Newoutlook
This recipe is not Atkins friendly for Induction as it contains oats, flour and 2 kinds of sugar!
02 Oct 10 by member: SueCris56
These cookies were good, although I did crush the flax seeds, and added a LITTLE bit of dark choc chips, and diced walnuts. They do get a bit hard, but fresh from the oven they are wonderful!
07 Apr 10 by member: mriddle
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Nutrition summary:

There are 77 calories in 1 serving of Flax Cookies.
Calorie break-down: 44% fat, 48% carbs, 8% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 35
Calories 77
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 3.84g 6%
  Saturated Fat 1.64g 8%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.999g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.922g  
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Potassium 51mg  
Total Carbohydrate 9.49g 3%
  Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
  Sugars 4.37g  
Protein 1.51g  
Vitamin A 62% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 52% Iron 92%
of RDI*
(77 calories)
4% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (48%)
Fat (44%)
Protein (8%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories