These healthy and nutritious whole grain cookies with walnuts and amaranth are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy with a cup of tea. The trick with these cookies is to allow the dough to chill thoroughly and firm up, ideally overnight. If the dough balls become soft while you finish them with the walnut halves, chill the baking sheet with the cookies for 20 minutes before baking. Rolling them in amaranth seeds adds a wonderful crunch, but they are also delicious without.
Amaranth Walnut Einkorn Cookiesadapted from Epicurious
- Whisk together the ground toasted walnuts, ground einkorn, amaranth flour, and sea salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and pure stevia powder with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula as needed.
- Add the egg yolk, brandy, and vanilla extract and beat until well blended, about 30 seconds. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the walnut-flour mixture until it is just incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill until the dough is firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper. Place the amaranth seeds in a small bowl. Pinch off walnut-size pieces of the firm dough and roll them between your palms into smooth 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in amaranth seeds, gently pressing to adhere if needed, and place on the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between pieces. Make an indentation with your thumb in the center of each ball, gently pressing it down about a third of its height, and then lightly press a walnut half into the center. Chill again for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Bake, one tray at a time, until the cookies just turn golden brown around the edges and firm up but still yield to gentle pressure, 17 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully slide the parchment paper with the cookies onto a wire rack to cool. The cookies will crisp as they cool.