Update: I had soooo much fun reading about all of your simple pleasures! Thanks for all the inspiration, and here is our lucky winner:
Katy: simple pleasure- sun shining through the windows, hot tea in hand, snuggled on the couch reading
There are lots of exciting announcements today. First of all, I made some awesome chewy, gingery, they’re-so-good-i-want-to-eat-the-whole-plate cookies, and they have quinoa in them! Quinoa is an uber-healthy seed that packs protein into anything you make it with. Even more excuse to eat the whole plate.
I also have a fabulous giveaway for you today – a Fair Trade baking kit! Adrianna and I were each sent one of these from the Fair Trade organization, and let me just say, I haven’t stopped drooling yet. Here’s what’s included:
If you wanna know what Christmas in May feels like, have a box of this stuff sent to your house. Or, leave me a comment and maybe I’ll send you one ☺
Buutttt, my big announcement is I have recently started a new blog! Now, don’t get all worried, I’m still gonna be here on A Cozy Kitchen for quite a while, cooking up lots of tasty recipes. But if you wanna check out some more stuff I have going on, let me introduce you to Pink Basil, my blog about finding and cherishing simple joys in life. I am super, super excited about this new project, and I hope you enjoy it!
So here’s the deal – leave me a comment about your favorite simple pleasure in life, and you’ll be entered to win this DELICIOUS baking kit from Fair Trade. Contest is closed after 12:00pm Pacific time on Sunday.
Ginger-Molasses Quinoa Cookies
Makes 16 cookies
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup quinoa
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar +1/3 cup for dusting
¼ cup molasses
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grind the quinoa in a food processor until it becomes a fine powder. If there are still some larger pieces of quinoa that’s okay – it’ll add some crunch!
In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa powder, flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugar, molasses and egg until combined. Beat in the as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in the rest of the flour. Scoop up heaping tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the extra sugar and place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.