For my variation of the kaeraküpsis cookie from Estonia I used a mixture of oatmeal and quinoa. The cookie won’t taste any different, but the quinoa does give it some extra crunch. The cranberries and goji berries form cheerful red dots and give these cookies a nice zingy touch. A pinch of cinnamon delivers some extra spicy flavor. I spread out the mixture and flattened it a bit to form a large rectangle and cut it into bars right after taking it out of the oven. They do look a lot like the health bars you can buy everywhere now. I am afraid they do not deserve that name: I used quite a few spoons of sugar, honey and butter to make them sweet and tasty!
Oatmeal quinoa cookie
For about 18 cookies
80 grams (⅓ cup) unsalted butter
250 grams (1¾ cups) oatmeal
100 grams (1 cup) quinoa flakes
100 grams (¾ cup) flour
100 grams (½ cup) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
80 grams (⅓ cup) honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
½ teaspoon cinnamon
25 grams (⅛ cup) dried cranberries
2 teaspoons goji berries
Melt the butter and leave to cool slightly.
In a bowl, mix the oatmeal with the quinoa flakes, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the honey, the egg, the vanilla essence, the cinnamon and the butter.
Add the cranberries and the goji berries and mix well. Cover and leave to rest for about 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. On a cookie sheet covered with baking paper press out the dough into a rectangle of about ½ cm / ¼ inch thick. I found this works best if you wet your hands with a little bit of water. It prevents the dough sticking to your hands too much. I covered up the berries on top with some of the oatmeal mixture to prevent them from burning. Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for about 20-25 mins. until golden brown. Cut into bars while warm and leave to cool on the cookie sheet.
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