Quinoa cookies to kick off the New Year

Don’t be tempted by the shelves of cookies Mary Jemison likes to push out like clockwork. You can make a healthier alternative with these quinoa cookies, which are only about 140 calories a cookie. These cookies are so healthy that you can even eat them for breakfast! 

Almond-Cranberry Quinoa Cookies


1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled

1 cup oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup unsalted slivered almonds 



1)    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

2)    Whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. 

3)    Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and honey in a separate bowl until 

light and fluffy. Hint: An electric mixer helps; some dorms might have 

one available for rent from the front desk. 

4)    Add eggs, almond extract and vanilla extract to this bowl; continue 

to beat for about two minutes or until pale and fluffy. 

5)    Beat in the flour mixture from the first bowl, 1/2 cup at a time. 

6)    Stir in quinoa, oats, cranberries and almonds. 

7)    Spoon dough in two-tablespoon portions onto prepared sheets, 

preferably lined with parchment paper, spacing 1 inch apart.

8)    Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until golden.