Naturally when I started playing around with quinoa, I immediately went the dessert route. “Hey I bet I could make cookies. How awesome would that be? Protein powered cookies!”
This was actually my first baking experiment with quinoa. I wanted something that sort of reminded me of fall, cozy times, and early sunsets.
These cookies totally deliver and are actually one of the few cookies that get better with time!
Andrea’s Quinoa Spice Cookies
- 1.5C Cooked Quinoa
- 1C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour + 4 TBSP
- 2tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2tsp Allspice
- 1/2tsp Ground Clove
- 1/2tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4tsp Baking Soda
- 2TBSP Sugar
- 2TBSP Ground Flax
- 1/2C Dried Cranberries
- 1/2C Crushed/chopped Walnuts
- 1C Soymilk
- 2TBSP Molasses
- 2tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. In medium sized mixing bowl, combine soymilk, vanilla, and molasses. Whisk until combined, set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine all remaining ingredients. Mix until everything is combined. The flour will start to coat the quinoa. Add in the liquid mixture to the quinoa mixture slowly. Stir until everything is combined. If the mixture seems thick and like you might need more liquid, add a splash more of soymilk.
On a lined or greased cookie sheet, drop the cookie mixture by the spoonful. These take a little bit longer to cook than regular cookies. About 12 minutes or a few minutes longer. Just until the cookies firm up and a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for a few minutes and then serve.
I know that looks like a lot of ingredients but don’t let it scare you away! It’s mostly spices and these cookies are really easy to put together.
These cookies turned out exactly like I was hoping they would! They remind me of a nice spice or gingerbread cookie that are common around the holidays. Every time Scott and I eat these cookies, the phrase, “Dang this are some good cookies!” is frequently heard. :p
What I’m finding with quinoa is that it does make batters heavy and increases the cooking time. This is the case the with the cookies, they cook longer than regular cookies. Just keep an eye on them to make sure you don’t over cook them.
Just an FYI, all the cookies (and most everything actually) I make freeze wonderfully. This cookies will last in the freezer and just zap them quick in the microwave when you want a nibble.
These cookies are chewy, crunchy, and spicy. They are perfect little bites of a healthy dessert.
Have fun guys and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!
9 thoughts on “Quinoa Spice Cookies”
You know, I have not yet tried quinoa but these sound very good. I always love your recipes!
Did you come up with these all on your own? Using Cooked Quinoa, and not the flour. I am so impressed! Look great, I might try these.. someday.. soon.
Diana, Yes! All recipes I post here are mine that I created unless I specify otherwise.
Lynn, It works out so well! You can’t really tell it’s in there and yet you can feel good knowing that you’re getting a lot of healthy nutrients for the body.
i love the idea of adding quinoa to baked goods!
You know, I have never experimented with quinoa at all. I see it all over the blogs and even SELF and Fitness Magazine, though, so apparently I’m missing out. These cookies look like the perfect first quinoa experience …
Ashley, I don’t like quinoa straight up so I started fiddling around with it and came up with a few recipes. I’m doing Quinoa Month here for April. I saw it all over the place too which prompted me to try it and icky! Not to my taste, so now I “hide” it. Ha!
Mama Pea, they totally look like eyeballs! If you blend it, let me know how it goes because I’m now curious to see how well it blends.
Yum, those sound really good. I love spiced cookies like this!
These sound great. I’m finding I like a spicy, whole grain cooking more and more. Mostly because I can also substitute it for breakfast.
I just made these but replaced the cranberries and walnuts with Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips and they are sooo good! I am completely addicted and seriously can’t stop eating them! Thanks for the great recipe!!!