Crispy Quinoa Shortbread Cookies

The delicious, crunchy quinoa adds flavor and texture to this fun classic shortbread cookie.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 22

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup granulated sugar
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
bag (12 oz) dark chocolate chips
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
2
tablespoons black sesame seed
2
tablespoons grated orange peel

Crispy Quinoa

1/3
cup cooked white quinoa
1
teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat until crumbly. Shape dough into flattened round; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, toss cooked quinoa and 1 teaspoon oil to coat. Spread evenly in 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once, until quinoa is light golden brown and crisp. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 3 Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Unwrap dough. On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut with 2 1/2-inch round cutter, rerolling dough as necessary. Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 4 Bake at 350°F 16 to 20 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 5 Place sheet of waxed paper on cookie sheet. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate baking chips and 1 tablespoon oil uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle chocolate with black sesame seed, crispy quinoa and orange peel.

Expert Tips

Bake cookies up to 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container. On serving day, dip in chocolate, and decorate.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
240
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
12g
12%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.