quinoa cookies



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it's been far too long since i baked anything. with all of our travel and family visiting i just haven't wanted to create any extra kitchen messes. add to that my recent desire to cut back a bit on the dessert portion of my diet and to eat a bit healthier and there you have it...no cakes, no pies, no cookies. until yesterday. 

i have been curious about baking with whole grains and wanted to give quinoa cookies a try. upon first hearing about quinoa cookies i assumed they had cooked quinoa in them which had absolutely no appeal to me at all. i prefer my quinoa in a bowl with veggies. silly me, quinoa cookies are made with quinoa flour. intrigued i bought some quinoa flour and quinoa flakes at the health food store. i made a basic chocolate chip cookie substituting quinoa flour for a portion of the all purpose, added quinoa flakes in place of oats and the result was incredible. i dare say they are the best chocolate chip cookies i've ever made. the quinoa lended a nutty flavor that almost resembled a peanut butter cookie. the cookie was fluffy and crisp and oh so chewy. i'm not sure i will ever make chocolate chip cookies another way again. 

chocolate chip quinoa cookies 
recipe adapted from good to the grain

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quinoa flour
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup quinoa flakes
2 sticks unsalted butter (cold and cut into pieces)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat if you have one and set aside.

in a large bowl combine the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and quinoa flakes. whisk to combine. 

in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the butter and sugars. mix on low speed just until blended. add the eggs one at a time, mixing on medium high speed after each addition. add the vanilla and mix just until combined. add the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until combined. mix in the chocolate chips. 

scoop balls of dough and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. 

bake for 15-18 minutes, until they reach your desired shade of golden brown. transfer to a wire rack to cool. store in an airtight container.