Two Peas and Their Pod

Quinoa Cookies

Yep, you read the title right. I really put quinoa in my cookies. Before you turn up your nose, hear me out. The other day I made a quinoa salad for dinner. While we were eating, I told Josh I was in the mood to bake cookies. What’s new, right? :) He requested Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I said what about a quinoa cookie? He looked at me with a blank stare and said…sure! ha! I finished my salad and got down to business. I was determined to create a wining Quinoa Cookie…and I did!

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I wanted a thick and hearty cookie so I used whole wheat flour, oats, and quinoa. There is nothing whimpy about these cookies! The cookies are flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. I also threw in raisins and chocolate chips. These cookies are packed with deliciousness!

The quinoa was a genius addition, if I do say so myself:) It adds a nice little crunch to the cookies. Plus, it makes the cookies healthy-so you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner:)

The Quinoa Cookies are irresistible right out of the oven, but they are also pretty tasty frozen too! I have a hidden stash-don’t tell Josh. Yeah, he loved my Quinoa Cookie creation. I knew he would:)

Have a great weekend!

Quinoa Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Quinoa adds a nice little crunch to these thick and hearty cookies!


2 cups Gold Medal whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce (I used chunky Musselman’s applesauce)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the applesauce and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins.

3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and chocolate chips.

4. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough onto a large baking sheet. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are just barely set. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.

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92 Responses to “Quinoa Cookies”

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  1. I recently had couscous pastries and I was blown away by the texture. I can totally see how quinoa would totally rock! These look marvelous!

  2. Megan — June 8, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    These sound super-good. I love the idea of more texture in a cookie! Good thinkin’.

  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 8, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Hey, I NEVER turn my nose up to a cookie! I bet the quinoa does provide a really great texture.

  4. Cassie — June 8, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Love these Maria. I’ve been nearly living on quinoa lately. These are great!

  5. Oh yum! I am totally in the mood for a thick, chewy, hearty cookie. The addition of quinoa sounds like genius to me!

  6. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 8, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Oooh – these look so fun! LOVE quinoa!!! :)

  7. Living The Sweet Life — June 8, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Maria, I LOVE quinoa in my cookies. I actually made something very similar to this a little while ago and added some trail mix – – it was DELICIOUS!! I’ll have to try your version too :)
    If you want to see, I’ve added the link to my post below – – I guess great minds think alike 😉

  8. Anna @ hiddenponies — June 8, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    I love that you used cooked quinoa in these! So many quinoa recipes I see call for quinoa flour or quinoa flakes, which I never have…I’ll definitely be trying these!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple — June 8, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I love putting quinoa in cookies! It adds a great texture AND plenty of nutrition. How can that be bad?

  10. Carolyn — June 8, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    This is FANTASTIC! Last week I was looking for a quinoa cookie recipe but couldn’t settle on one, so I didn’t make them. Now I know I have a great recipe to try! Thank you… great weekend to you, too!

  11. Stephanie — June 8, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    This sounds so healthy. I wouldn’t mind eating all the cookies myself! Happy Friday!

  12. Kari — June 8, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    A meal in a cookie…? I love quinoa for a breakfast cereal, as a salad, side dish, now for cookies!

  13. Tracy SAmpson — June 8, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    We are making these right excited to try it! I am going to substitute craisins for the raisins b/c I love ’em. Thanks for the inspiration to bake.

  14. Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 8, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    Lovely idea with the quinoa! Added protein definitely can’t hurt and I have to say, with or without the quinoa, this cookie looks fabulous!

  15. kitchen essence — June 8, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    yum! those look great, just like all of your recipes!

  16. These are definitely not whimpy cookies. They look so delish and healthy too.

  17. What a genius idea!! Since they have quinoa, can I have them for dinner? 😉 I will be trying these this weekend for sure!

  18. Elizabeth — June 9, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    This is such a great idea!

  19. Katie {Epicurean Mom} — June 9, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Brilliant! I adore quinoa, but never have thought to put it in a cookie!

  20. Cookie and Kate — June 9, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I am so intrigued by these cookies, Maria! I’m sure I would love them.

  21. Colinda — June 9, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    I made these cookies this afternoon. They are absolutely delicious!! Very moist and a nice texture. Everyone loves them!!!

  22. Mi Vida en un Dulce — June 9, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    You know what I’m going to say, each time I saw a recipe made with quinoa I started feeling so proud about my country and my roots.

  23. Cookin' Canuck — June 10, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I have been wanting to try quinoa in baking and am glad to hear that it worked so well. These sound so hearty and packed with flavor.

  24. I love quinoa cookies. I think the cooked quinoa makes the cookies bake up lighter than you would expect. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  25. i love making quinoa cookies! i don’t think it’s weird at all! those look so delicious! thanks for sharing!

  26. Elana — June 10, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I met your hubby one day at Home Depot right before your lil one was born. I work there. Now whenever I find your stuff on Pinterest or whatever, I feel all smug, like I know some celebrities! Am baking your cookies right now :)

  27. Mel Wellnitz — June 10, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Very flavorful recipe. Thank you for posting it! I just took mine out of the oven. The quinoa seems to be lost in the batter. Next time I may add 3/4 or whole cup of cooked quinoa instead of just a half cup.

  28. Whittney — June 10, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    I made these tonight and they were amazing! Everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 12, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    So weird, this post just hit my Reader today….3 posts of yours at once. What a fun twist on cookies! And healthy!

  30. Jill — June 12, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Oooh, these look fun! I would never have thought about putting quinoa in cookies. Great idea!

  31. Lauren Z. — June 12, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I have been looking for a good “healthy cookie” recipe to keep on hand for quick breakfasts or snacks. I will have to give these a try…maybe even adding a scoop of protein powder!

  32. Healthy cookies! Yum!

  33. Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 12, 2012 @ 3:16 pm


  34. Ann P. — June 12, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Awesome idea! These look like the healthiest cookies in the world. Guilt free!!

  35. Sarah — June 12, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    These look awesome! Why not? Oatmeal cookies are old news.

  36. Steph@stephsbitebybite — June 12, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I’ll take the whole plate please! I mean, since they’re made from Quinoa I can eat the whole plate and not feel guilty, right?

  37. Oooh I love a nice, hearty cookie. These look great!

  38. Rhonda — June 13, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I would love to try these, do you think there is a gluten free flour that would work instead of the wholel wheat flour. I have a son with Celiac Disease and these would be great snacks for her lunch box!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 13th, 2012 @ 9:07 am

      I am sure gluten free flour would work. Let me know if you try it!

  39. Marion — June 13, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Awesome looking recipe… must try!!! Quinoa, applesause and chocolate!!!!!!!! Healthy and decadent at the same time…thank you!!!

  40. Mares — June 14, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Made these this morning, omitted raisins. Since the quinoa was hardly noticeable I think I could sneak a bit more in there next time. Ate some for breakfast. Then again at lunch :) Great recipe, thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 14th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

      You are welcome!

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