Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; add butter and next 4 ingredients, stirring until blended.
Shape dough into 36 (2 1/2-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets; flatten each to 1/4-inch thickness. Brush tops with 1 to 2 tablespoons water, and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
these cookies taste very wholesome. they are easy to make and pack/travel well. these are the kind of cookies one keeps in the cookie jar.