Carrot Apple Walnut Cookies

This recipe is inspired by Mark Bittman’s Oatmeal Apple Cookies on p. 839 of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. This cookbook is one of my staples when I need some inspiration; the recipes are simple enough to understand, but unique enough that there is always something I’ve never tried before.

This cooked quinoa in this recipe makes the cookie a bit cakey (which I like, but others may not).  If you prefer a crunchier oatmeal cookie, substitute the quinoa with additional rolled oats.  This turned out to be a great breakfast cookie when paired with some greek yogurt, apple slices, and fresh coffee!

INGREDIENTS:

8 T butter (1 stick)
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 C rolled oats
1 C cooked quinoa
3/4 C grated carrots
3/4 C grated apple
1/2 C crushed walnuts
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 C milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Wet ingredients: Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs and continue mixing until thoroughly distributed.

Dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, quinoa, carrots, apples, spices, salt, and baking powder.  Mix to evenly distribute.

Add about half of the dry ingredients to the wet mix.  Stir.  Add milk and remaining dry ingredients, and mix thoroughly.  Stir in vanilla.  Scoop tablespoon-sized mounds onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Leave about 2 inches between each.

Bake 12-15 minutes until very lightly browned.   Remove from oven and cool.

Great with coffee and fruit at breakfast–or any time of day, really!

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