Sunday, May 11, 2008

Super cookies

I made cookies from scratch this afternoon. Sorry Kami, it wasn't one of the recipe you gave me :( Da boy emailed the Super Cookie recipe out of the blue one day, and it calls for very "intriguing" ingredients. On top of that, it's suppose to be healthy. I'm in.

The recipe is from BYU's website. There is a story behind the super cookie and I encourage you to read that:

Quinoa Cookies

  1. 1 cup quinoa flour
  2. 1 cup wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 3 tablespoons calcium carbonate (optional; available in most health-food stores)
In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Combine dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix by hand or with a mixer. Drop rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for eight minutes at 350 degrees.

One thing that I learned from this since I've NEVER baked cookies from scratch before, is that I need a cookie scoop. The shapes of the cookies were all over the place because I tried using a regular old measuring spoon and that just doesn't work well - the batter was too sticky.

Another thing I found out is that the quinoa flour has an exceptionally distinct smell. I could not get used to that. Luckily that smell went away after the cookies were done.

The Shnucks on Arsenal sells both wheat and quinoa flour, and they are quite pricey. Da boy wasn't able to find calcium carbonate in the grocery store though, so I skipped that.

The two things I did different compared to the recipe are:
  1. Adding an extra 1/10th cup of sugar
  2. And in my 2nd and 3rd batch, I added semi sweet chocolate chips to the mix before scooping it out on to the cookie sheet.
Here is the result, told ya it is all different shapes and sizes. The cookies are not super sweet, which I was glad I added the chocolate chips. Overall they taste pretty darn good. Da boy approved of it, thank goodness. Haha.


Mutha Mae said...

May I suggest substituting applesauce for the oil? It will cut down the fat and calories and leave in lots of moisture and no added apple taste. I only bake with applesauce now and it really works so well. Use same amount as what is called for with oil and you will be fine.

asoon said...

Hey Mae, that's a good tip. I have to try that. I have an apple bread recipe to bake this weekend, and will substitute whatever fat with apple sauce. Thanks!

What about apple butter? does it have baking purpose(s)? or strictly for eating with bread only?

Don said...

I can haz cookies?