Millet cookies which are available at our local supermarkets in Chennai never fail to attract us and my son likes the taste of these cookies too.As I didn't have an oven before I never even had an idea to give it a try but after buying an oven and having tried few other cookies I wanted to try millet cookies at home and few months back, my blogger friend Jayanthi Sindhiya posted a recipe on millet cookies which kindled my curiosity to bake these cookies.Finally I got millet flour from the shop and baked these goodies.The outcome was soft (cake like)quinoa or foxtail millet cookies which we all relished a lot.As I added dates purée the cookies were soft but very tasty and definitely worth a try.Kids who detest dates too will love these cookies and these cookies are gluten free and could be made as vegan too by adding oil instead of butter .
Organic quinoa flour/Thinai flour/foxtail millet flour-1 and 1/2 cups
Dates-10 to 12 no
Baking soda-1/2 tsp
Coarsely powdered almonds/almond meal-1/4 cup
Vanilla extract-1 tsp
1.Soak the dates in hot water and grind it to a coarse paste adding as little water as possible. .
2.In a bowl sieve together the Foxtail millet flour(Thinai Mavu ) and baking soda .
3. In another bowl add butter,powdered sugar and dates paste.
4,To this date mixture add vanilla extract also and mix well .
5.To this wet mixture add the millet flour and powdered almonds or almond meal.
6.Bring them together to form a cookie dough and make small balls.Flatten them a little on the greased baking cookie tray ,decorate it with an almond in middle and bake them at 200 C for 20-25 mins .
7.After baking ,cool them for few minutes and transfer them to an airtight container.It can be stored for up to a week.Yummy and delicous Quinoa Dates Cookies are ready.Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee.
*For more firm or crisp cookies add more butter.
*Increase the quantity of sugar if you have a sweet tooth.But keep in mind that even dates are sweeter.