Cornmeal Pine Nut Cookies

My husband was craving cookies and on a chilly afternoon, I decided to whip up a batch of these rather healthy little bites. Adapted from Mollie Katzen's excellent Sunlight Café, she suggests nibbling on them on your morning break with a hot drink. They are also nice to go along with your breakfast for that matter. Not too sweet at all, and flavored with pure maple syrup, complimented by pine nuts, a hint of lemon, vanilla and ginger, I will certainly make these again.

cornmeal pine nut cookies

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Cornmeal Pine Nut CookiesCornmeal Pine Nut Cookies
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Adapted from Mollie Katzens Sunlight Café
Published on May 18, 2012

Easy, dense and chewy, and just slightly sweetened cornmeal and pine nut cookies flavored with pure maple syrup, a hint of lemon, vanilla and ginger

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Wet ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2/3 teaspoons vanilla
Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/3 cups spelt or unbleached white flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • Xylitol or sugar for sprinkling
Instructions:
  • Preheat an oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. Stir in the salt, maple syrup, sesame oil and vanilla. Stir well to combine.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, lemon zest, pine nuts and ginger. Transfer the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until well combined.

  • With damp hands, roll a roughly 2 - 3 teaspoon piece of dough into a small ball. Flatten it into a round, about 1-inch in diameter. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Sprinkle each of the cookies with Xylitol or sugar.

  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies turn a nice golden color.

  • Cool on a wire rack for another 15 minutes and serve.

Makes about 15 cookies or more depending on how thin the dough is rolled.
cornmeal pine nut cookies

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2 comments:

Jacqueline said...

I haven't made any cookies apart from chocolate cookies for a wee while, really must get onto that. These look great!

Rachelle said...

I like this recipe.. I will definitely try and make these, great pictures. I like your blog, I just made a recipe blog myself. I would love some advice!