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After three days of rich chocolate bakes, today I have slightly healthier version of cookies. These cookies do have butter but the whole wheat flour and quinoa make it a bit healthier. I have some quinoa flour leftover from this bake and I have to use it up very soon. This flour is expensive and do not want it end up in the trash can in few weeks. While I was thinking how I could use up the flour, I remembered the quinoa cookies Mir had given us last Fall. I liked the nutty flavor of quinoa and tried it. Quinoa is an acquired taste and everyone might not like it. I made these last weekend when my nephew was here and he liked them. I made half the recipe and followed it to the T. Colorful appetizer plates in the below image are one of the gifts Kamalika gave during BM meet in Chennai. It is a set of 4 plates and I used 3 of them. Thanks Kamalika for these colorful plates!

Source: Chef Mireille

**Total Time:** 25 minutes

*Preparation:* 10 minutes

*Bake Time:* 15 minutes

**Yields:** 16 depending on the size

**Ingredients:**

- ¼ cup or ½ stick Butter, softened (I melted it in the microwave for 20 seconds)
- 97.5 grams or ¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour (I used atta/chappati flour)
- 94.5 grams or ¾ cup Quinoa Flour
- ½ tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
- 75 grams or 3/8 (half of ¾ cup) cups firmly packed Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup Nutella
- 1/3 (to be precise 3/8) cup Apple Sauce
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

**Preparation:**

- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and keep aside.
- In a bowl mix together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In another large bowl beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy.
- Add Nutella, apple sauce and vanilla extract and beat well.
- Add flour and beat until the flour is just incorporated.
- Using a table spoon or an ice cream scoop, scoop out dough and place it on the cookie sheet. I used an ice-cream scoop, about ½ a scoop per cookie. The cookies in the picture are slightly bigger that the actually cookies. For the first 4 cookies I used ¾ of a scoop and for the rest I used ½ a scoop. Smaller cookies were looked more appetizing than the bigger cookies. I would say ½ a scoop would yield 16 cookies and using ¾ of scoop per cookie would yield about 10 cookies.
- Dampen fingers and lightly shape and flatten the cookies.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until cookies are set. I baked for 15 minutes.
- Cool the cookies completely on the cookie sheet and store in an airtight container.

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wow those are truly healthy, like the idea of nutella, must be giving such a nice flavor, super!!

i forgot about these plates completely…i now know what to use, this idea of using quinoa is great for cookies….lovely pick

Quinoa experiments did not go down well in my house. These cookies are indeed very healthy. I like the chunky shape a lot.

I loved Mir’s quinoa cookies a lot and thank you for reminding me of those 🙂 Those colorful plates are perfect in this pic 🙂

Those cookies were wonderful! I am also planing to bake these as soon as I buy some quinoa.

I am the one who loves quinoa at home and would try it sometime. BTW are they dense?

Suma, yes these cookies are dense.

I am sure I can sneak in quinoa in these cookies and no one at home will realize it..shh…

This is one such nice idea to include Quinoa,cookies look delicious and colorful plates..

surely a healthy cookie.. have never tried quinoa in bakes.. this is a must try

This looks healthy.Must have tasted delicious!!

Love baking with quinoa,, been a while i baked with quinoa, love that nutella touch here..

thats a super precise recipe, Usha :-)) guess I need to sharpen my math and measuring skills :-)))

But those cookies look delish !

Yum that you added Nutella to the cookies.Healthy and tasty!

Great cookies. One quick question. I tried pumpkin cookies using quinoa flour. But there was slight bitter taste in the cookie and I had to add more sweet. Did you had similar problem or is it just my flour.

Srividhya, I did not find the cookies bitter. Quinoa flour does have a unique, nutty taste but I did not find it bitter.

I still have to try my hand on quinoa. Healthy recipe but like that addition of nutella

These Looks INCREDIBLE! I would surely try them out

Though I don’t have quinoa, will bookmark it..looks fantastic Usha..

Cookies look scrumptious usha!! Nutella must be adding a nice taste to the cookies!!!

That is a lovely cookie! I remember bookmarking this from Mir’s blog as well, but never got around to try it.

Glad u liked them and those colorful plates r so cute

Good to the see the exact measurements in grams too, the cookies are awesome. Yet to get my hand on quinoa.

We don’t get quinoa or quinoa flour here. So I could never try this. Between the cookies look so rustic and such a nutritious way to make cookies…

Like Pradnya even I had forgotten about the plates. Thse cookies look awesome. Do I grind quinoa to get the flour?

Archana, I used quinoa flour but you can try grinding it.

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