Sunday, December 23, 2007

Super easy Quinoa cookies

So I headed out to my parents' house for a day of holiday baking...and I made one cookie. Mom kind of took over the kitchen, making gluten-y baked good. Ah well. These are pretty darn good, and really, how many cookies can one Diva eat?

I have been wanting to try baking with quinoa. I love cooking with quinoa, and what a great way to inject some healthiness into your dessert? This recipe is actually off the back of the box of Quinoa Flakes. I figured I would try it as written since this was my first foray into quinoa baking. The verdict: Yum-o (to quote the cooking lady on my TV right now.) So here you go...

Crispy Quinoa Cookies

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 cup rice flour
3/4 cup Quinoa Flakes
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt (optional)
1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat honey, brown sugar, margarine, peanut butter, and vanilla in medium bowl until creamy. Combine rice flour, quinoa flakes, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl (or just dump it all on top of the wet mixture like I did!) Add to mixture and beat until well blended. If desired add nuts and/or chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about two inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool one minute before removing from cookie sheet.

I found that they seemed to bake much faster that the time given. Then again, that could have been due to my parents' old, wacky oven. While these are not a real holiday cookie, it is still a fantastic addition to our gluten free baking repertoire. If you miss oatmeal cookies and don't want to risk a reaction to oats, this is the way to go. They are not exactly the same, but are pretty darn close. Enjoy!


Sheltie Girl said...

Your quinoa cookies look wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Holidays!

Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

Rose said...

These cookies look delicious! I have had great success with quinoa flour and I love the quinoa pasta.

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Girl Twentiesh said...

Perfect- I'm excited to try and add a few twists.

Anonymous said...

Please tell everyone you know to go vote on the Martha Stewart website on Martha's blog for the big idea bakeoff. One of the ideas is to launch a new mag with Martha for people with food allergies and intolerances. Please vote as many times as you can each day for the next week so this dream becomes a reality!
Go to www. and then look for Martha's blog on the upper right hand side.
Check it out...we need more press and more resources for Celiacs!

ByTheBay said...

Hey there - I just responded to you over at the thread on the Multigrain Miracle Bread, just thought I'd give ya a heads up.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Where'd ya go, Digestive Diva?

Anonymous said...

I think these cookies are fantastic - I modified the recipe slighty and my friends went NUTS for them and didnt know they were GF - not bad eh?