Ginger-Molasses Quinoa Cookies + Fair Trade Giveaway!

in Cookies, Desserts

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:

prAna Soul-T (doesn’t really help with the baking, but it’s super cute!)
La Yapa Quinoa
SerindipiTea Darjeeling Tea
Green Mountain Coffee
Divine Chocolate Bar
Fair Trade Tote Bag

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.

Happy Friday!

Ginger-Molasses Quinoa Cookies

Print this recipe!

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
1 egg
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.

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Meli May 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for this recipie I have been trying find different ways to use quinoa.


Julie B May 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is reading books to my four year old before she goes to
bed at night. I love spending that time with her, just the two of us.


kristenm May 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Fun, fun, fun… I would love to win. I have never done much with quinoa before but would love to try!


Amy @ A Little Nosh May 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Simple pleasure for me is sipping a perfect cup of coffee while reading a magazine. Alone. I so rarely get to do that.


Jes May 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Such a fun giveaway! My favorite simple pleasure is getting all dressed up and going out with my husband. I love the anticipation of date night. :)


Caroline May 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

My favorite simple pleasure in life may have to be those times when you’re caught outside in a thunderstorm, nowhere nearby to run to (or you just decide not to run), so you get soaked and just have to enjoy the rain.


Breanne May 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Strngely, I’m eating a stir-fry with quinoa right now, as i read this! Up next? These cookies, yum:) My simplest and biggest daily pleasure is waking up in the middle of the night and seeing my boyfriend and our cats beautifully, preciously sleeping- then snuggling back in with them.


Erica May 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm

My joy in life is snuggling with my cat at the end everyday. Usually it’s spent sitting next to my snoring father watching bad tv also. Love this contest and I can’t wait to make these cookies.


Alessa May 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I like breaking in the top of brand new peanut butter jars.


Aimee P May 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Quinoa + Cookies…can’t get much better! So looking forward to trying these:)


melissa May 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

my favorite simple pleasures are clean sheets and getting an evening of free time to knit and watch a good netflix. :)


Ruth A. Rodgers May 14, 2011 at 2:51 am

My favorite simple pleasure is opening a new box of Tetley’s British Blend tea bags and having a good sniff before I make my pot of tea. It takes me back to my childhood when my family would receive parcels from my Gran and my mum’s favorite tea would be packed inside (along with all her granddaughter’s favorite sweets!)


Alicia W. May 14, 2011 at 4:57 am

Oh man!! Yes please! :D These look fantastic! And the giveaway sounds amazing!!


Sherry May 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

Is it bad that I know how the correct pronunciation of quinoa, but I still say it wrong everytime? In any case I love these cookies. Simple pleasure: homade s’mores using a microwave with random crackers and pieces of chocolate where ever I can find them!


DK May 14, 2011 at 7:19 am

I keep wanting to try quinoa, but since I mostly shop at Aldi, it’s not really convenient for me to buy. Still, these cookies might be worth the extra stop!


Katherine May 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’d love to win so I could try quinoa for the first time!

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com


Anna May 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

When i was younger my mom used to try to make up eat quinoa until she finally gave up. Now i have a recipe for all the extra!


Sruti May 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is traveling. It is something that gets me excited no matter the destination.


Rennie May 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is drinking strong coffee in the afternoon with my cat and a good book.


Clare May 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Watching rain drip down the windowpane. Tea optional:]


Katelyn Brady May 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

My favorite simple pleasure has to be anything, anything at all, smothered in chili and cheese. Preferably after a long’s day work, with mis-matched pajamas a must.


Stephaniedem May 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

At this time in my life, my favorite simple pleasure is drinking my latte in the morning while I read all my favorite cooking blogs.
The kids are in schoola and I get lost….I look up “11AM Snap Out of It!” It’s time to clean your house!!


Jennifer May 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I love baking. It is relaxing.


Erica J. May 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is a tie between laying in bed in the morning and enjoying just laying there rather than rushing off to start the day AND pretending to eat lunch with my mom but really we are both watching all the people around us and trying to get one another to see/think the same things with only our eyes. I love my mom! And Quinoa! And simple pleasures!


Becky May 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is sipping my morning coffee while relaxing with my hubby : )


Terry May 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

One of my favorites simple pleasures is the look of adoration my collies give me when they come in from the cold rain and I “fluff” them up with a warm towel!!!


Andrea May 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

My favorite simple pleasure is rolling up the windows to my car, cranking up my stereo and singing along to my iPod playlist while breezing through the highway. I pretend people can’t hear me because my windows are sound proof (obviously). It’s amazing!


Ellie May 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

m=My favorite simple pleasure is making my niece and twin nephews laugh. I love hearing them giggle!


Bethany May 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I love the feeling of being freshly showered after REALLY needing one!


Maricela May 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I dare say this counts as a “healthy” cookie for my kids because of the quinoa! Awesome! My favorite simple pleasure as of late is nibbling on an ice-cream cone with my family as the temp rises…cliche maybe, but when your kids are aged 3, 2, and 1(!) like mine are, anything that gets them to sit still for more than 20 seconds is a good thing ;)


Marilee May 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

So glad I found this blog! I’m a new reader, but I promise I will return daily to find new amazing recipes!


Leah @ The Frugal Twosome May 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I never thought about baking with quinoa, what a great idea! I’m going to try this once I go back on grains.


lisa May 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I have so many simple pleasures! Hard to pick just 1! I love sit in my rose garden when they’re in bloom and it smells fantastic! I love watching my 4 and 6 year old boys play with their 4 month old sister! I love the half hour I have to myself every morning to sip a cup of coffee before I get the kids ready for the day!


Brooke May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I love cookies, quinoa, and your whole site! Can’t wait to try this recipe and read your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to share :) A few of my most favorite simple pleasures: smells (my baby’s breath, skin and stinky feet, almonds roasting, fresh cut grass, lilacs, rain…), sounds (my childrens voices, music, bull frogs, anyone’s joyous laughter, waves crashing, rain…), feeling (snuggles, the breeze, barefeet, sunshine on my skin, loved, my dog’s fur, rain…), sights (my people’s faces, the sunset, kindness of strangers, spring, fall, finding rocks on the ground…), tastes (chocolate, salty air, kisses,homemade food…)

And I could go on and on….as a happy life IS appreciating and noticing the simple pleasures. Thanks for asking this questiion and inspiring me to sit down and think about it… :)


Kathryn May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

My favorite simple pleasure is: Sitting in my backyard, watching the sunset behind the Palisades. Cup of tea, kids running around. I love Spring/Summer!

Looking forward to trying the quinoa cookies.


Anna Marie May 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

mmm, looking forward to trying something else with quinoa; hopefully my family will like it too!


Anna Marie May 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

oh, a simple pleasure: eating frozen yogurt.


EllyMck May 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Looks DELICIOUS, This will be on my Church baking list for the lil tikes. Thank you for sharing!


Emily May 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I just ran across my great grandmother’s recipe for molasses cookies – I never thought about putting quinoa in them. Genius! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe… time to start baking! :)


Sarina May 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

My favourite simple pleasure is a good cup of tea


Mollie May 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My simple pleasure is coffee and a crossword puzzle. That’s all I need to be entertained!


Michelle June 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

What ingenious little cookies!

My favorite simple pleasure is laying on the floor, snuggling with my dog!


linda March 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

My favorite simple pleasure would have to be baking. I bake gluten free but I get a
thrill from finding good recipes and converting them. Linda


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