Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Almond-Cranberry Quinoa Cookies (Breakfast Cookies)

The other day I saw this recipe in the latest Bon Appetit magazine and I was intrigued. Breakfast cookies you say? I'm all about having dessert for breakfast, I believe it's the breakfast of champions. But a dessert that's intended for breakfast? I had to at least give it a shot. Since there were several things I wanted to make with quinoa anyway, I figured I would make them all in the same week and hit three birds with one stone.

I have to same, I had some pretty low expectations and I was so pleasantly surprised. These are so delicious and really have a great breakfasty flavor. I know that doesn't make much sense. I think it's the almond extract- it makes them seem almost like biscotti. They are also fabulous with tea as an afternoon snack. The recipe does make a fair number, so I froze some and occasionally pop them out of the fridge and into the microwave for a snack. So yummy.

Almond-Cranberry Quinoa Cookies
recipe from Bon Appetit

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey (I used Agave nectar because I was out of honey, worked great)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered unsalted almonds

In a small bowl, I whisked together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
 In a large bowl, I mixed together the butter, agave nectar, and both sugars.
I added the eggs and the extracts and mixed again.
 Next, I added the flour in small batches and mixed in between each addition.
Once all of the flour mixture was incorporated, I added the oats, quinoa, cranberries and almonds and stirred until all mixed together.
Using a spoon, I scooped balls of dough onto a parchment paper-covered baking tray (about 2 tablespoons of dough per ball). I baked each tray for 12-15 minutes until the cookies were just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges. I let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the tray, then transferred them to a rack to completely cool.
I have to say, I'm usually not a fruit and cookie girl. I like my fruit and I like my cookies, but not together. But these babies are seriously making me a convert, I can't stop eating them!


  1. Okay, so with all that butter, sugar, honey, flour, etc., calling these cookies "part of a healthy breakfast" would be a big stretch. But they're tasty, people. Not as tasty as any of the real desserts on YSL. But tasty all the same.

  2. Update: the brilliant and beautiful author of this blog requested a recount. Based on the thirty desserts currently posted on this site, Almond-Cranberry Quinoa Cookies rank 27th in my book. So there you go. It's better than two other "real" desserts.

    But rankings be damned. Just make these, they're good.


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