Amaranth Walnut Einkorn Cookies | © 2014 | | © 2014 |

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 Cookies

adapted from Epicurious
  • 120 g Walnuts, toasted and ground
  • 100 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 30 g Amaranth flour
  • 1/4 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 100 g Butter, softened
  • 0,4 g Pure stevia extract powder (or 120 g sugar)
  • 1 Large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp Brandy
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp Amaranth seeds for rolling
  • 32 Toasted walnut halves
  1. Whisk together the ground toasted walnuts, ground einkorn, amaranth flour, and sea salt in a medium bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Beena 13/2/15 13:33

looks very good and delicious

Nammi 13/2/15 14:01

I used to think Amaranath is kind of leaf. always learning something new from you :) have a good weekend. Enjoy your valentines day ;)

Bel | Ooh, Look... 13/2/15 14:20

I've been reading about how healthy amaranth is. Great idea to roll these cookies in it!

Jean | 13/2/15 14:38

Angie, that's exactly the sort of cookie I enjoy. Must pick up some amaranth seeds, I'm sure they "make" the cookie!

Choclette 13/2/15 14:46

Angie, your ideas are always so creative and your photo so enticing. These sound delicious, but I'm keen to try the rolling in amaranth trick - fabulous.

Kelly 13/2/15 14:50

These cookies look fantastic, Angie! I love that you made them like thumbprints but with walnuts instead! So cute and they sound delicious!

grace 13/2/15 14:51

these are super unique, which should come as no surprise when i'm looking at your blog! love the look of them too--that walnut half and those seeds make each cookie irresistible!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 13/2/15 15:24

Marvellous cookies! They must be very fragrant.



Tricia Buice 13/2/15 15:27

Very nice Angie. We like amaranth but never tried it on a cookie. The walnuts look wonderful. Love the addition of brandy too - have a very nice weekend!

Nisa Homey 13/2/15 15:32

Love these cookies, yum!

kitchen flavours 13/2/15 16:27

Hi Angie,
Lovely cookies! I have never heard of amaranth seeds for baking before! Interesting!

Sue 13/2/15 16:57

These look so crunchy and yummy!

Ana Regalado 13/2/15 17:14

It reminds me of thumbprint cookies but more interesting and certainly more delicious ;D

Emma | Fork and Good 13/2/15 17:14

These are very cute looking, I can imagine that they wouldn't last very long in my house. Yet more amazing photography too!

Unknown 13/2/15 17:27

Walnut cookies look super yummy. Irresistible. Beautiful flavours and lovely combination. Toooo good. :)

Vicki Bensinger 13/2/15 17:55

These are so unique - leave it to you to always come up with the healthiest version of a cookie and everything else. You'll live a long and fruitful life. Thanks for sharing these and Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow.

Pam 13/2/15 20:25

Angie, they're great little cookies that are healthy too! Love the toasted walnut halves on top. They have to be delicious and a great treat. Thanks for the recipe!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 13/2/15 20:58

I love all of the texture in these cookies, Angie! I love nuts and seeds in bakery. A delicious treat!

Alida 13/2/15 22:21

These are so tempting! I love the look of the amaranth on the biscuits. It makes them really inviting. They must be very crunchy indeed. I used to buy amaranth when I was weaning my children but I have never ventured much with it afterwards.
Your posts are always very inspiring Angie. I wish you a great weekend! x

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 13/2/15 23:06

Oh absolutely, your walnut cookies would be perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up along with a cup of tea. Happy Valentine's Day Angie.

Monica 14/2/15 00:39

Great texture in these cookies! I love baked goods with nuts and I see you snuck a little brandy in there. : ) What a nice change from typical cookies.

Medeja- CranberryJam 14/2/15 02:46

Not your gandma's cookies! :) They look lovely, sound healthy and really interesting! :)

TasteHongKong 14/2/15 04:48

How about to nickname this a 'Healthy Fortune Cookies'? They shall make a hearty treat for the coming Chinese New Year : ).

The Yum List 14/2/15 11:20

What an interesting appearance. Would love to try one of these.

Christine Ho 14/2/15 13:01

Beautiful cookies, Angie. Am thinking of having them for CNY.

Honey Bee Sweets 14/2/15 14:22

Looks amazing as usual😋 you always have the most unique, healthy and lovely recipes! Inspirations to all!

Gloria Baker 14/2/15 14:48

Love these cookies Angie!! Look delicious!!!

Sprigs of Rosemary 14/2/15 16:36

Your photography always draws me in, Angie -- and your unique recipes, especially the whole grain ones, are so enticing and inspiring.

Debra Eliotseats 14/2/15 19:02

I love the texture that it looks like the amaranth gave these.

Kathy 14/2/15 19:56

Lovely cookies, Angie! Such a unique and healthy mix of ingredients! Very nice!

fimere 14/2/15 20:38

ils sont fantastiques et délicieux
bonne soirée

Evelyne CulturEatz 15/2/15 00:21

The cookies look absolutely amazing Angie and looks like you had a blast with the photoshoot. I have Amaranth puffs, still not sure what to make with it.

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 15/2/15 02:02

Love the texture of this one, Angie. Biting into all those seeds and crunch looks mighty fun!

Betty 15/2/15 05:09

I love all of the different grains you use in your baking. These look crunchy and delicious! :)

jasna varcakovic 15/2/15 05:42

Beautiful cookies; amaranth is becoming common ingredient in your kitchen, good-on-you!

Kiran @ 15/2/15 07:29

Looks so delicious! I love the use of different flour and nutty goodness here :)

Unknown 15/2/15 08:37

looks very delicious and healthy! great recipe Angie!

Asmita 15/2/15 11:25

Gorgeous clicks and cookies! Loving it!

Marcela 15/2/15 11:46

oh... the flavor must be so nutty... I love it!

Beth 15/2/15 13:18

Love these cookies, and I love how healthy they are!

Unknown 15/2/15 20:40

I got myself a large bag of amaranth the other day to make granola. You completely made me change my mind...I might make these instead. Really like the idea of rolling it in the seeds, so beautiful.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 15/2/15 20:40

What great looking cookies, I love walnuts and what a great way to use them.

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 16/2/15 00:34

Walnuts are one of my absolute favorites! Especially in baking! These sound so so good! Love that touch of brandy too!

Unknown 16/2/15 01:48

How cool! I am going to be planting an amaranth garden this spring! Planting two different varieties, Angela's Verde and Hopi Red Dye Amaranth! I'll have to give this recipe a try! -

Geri Saucier 16/2/15 04:53

What great cookies. They look quite tasty:)

Tania@ MyKitchen Stories 16/2/15 07:46

Oh wow they do look beautiful. Looks like one has just popped from a walnut shell.

faithy 16/2/15 09:22

Looks sooo good and crunchy! I can't find Einkorn flour here. Maybe I have to look harder. Probably also going to be expensive too.

Barbara 16/2/15 12:56

Love the nuts and seeds in your cookies, Angie. Your recipes are always so healthy and tasty!

Joanne 16/2/15 14:05

These are like thumbprints but so much better for you! Love the nutty filling in the centers.

Anonymous 16/2/15 14:12

Always learning something new from your post, today it is Einkorn, thanks.

Cheri Savory Spoon 16/2/15 14:54

Hi Angie, I bet these cookies are delicious, love that you used walnuts here to make them look like a thumbprint. Beautiful photos!

Unknown 16/2/15 15:45

Wow, these are beautiful Angie!

Noob Cook 16/2/15 16:39

I love walnuts. They look delish!

Amy (Savory Moments) 16/2/15 17:47

Angie you always make this most creative baked goods! These cookies look wonderful and super tasty!

Shashi 16/2/15 20:18

I love the hint of brandy in these- what a fantastic idea Angie! I don't think I've ever had cookies that sound as amazing as these do!

Erica 16/2/15 21:24

Those cookies are so beautiful, Angie! I love the texture!

Kitchen Belleicious 17/2/15 01:02

look at how cute they are and I love the addition of the brandy for added flavor!

Claudia 17/2/15 01:50

Oh! Not too sweet! Liking this very, very much. Now to try and chill the dough overnight....

[Reply] 17/2/15 03:40

These cookies look superb, but what doesn't that you make? I am always so impressed with the varieties of unique ingredients you use. Maybe one day I can venture to try a few :-)

Abbe@This is How I Cook 17/2/15 04:21

These are such pretty cookies, Angie. I think the amaranth would give them the perfect crunch!

Unknown 17/2/15 16:47

beautiful cookies. They look super yummy :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 17/2/15 20:38

Wow, I have never seen cookies like these before! I love the walnuts.

Nippon Nin 18/2/15 01:16

Adorable cookies in cute bucket...way too charming! Perfect texture with amaranth seeds. You're very creative!

Terra 18/2/15 01:19

One of my favorite nut is a walnut, my mom always cooked with them. Your cookies look fun and delicious! Yum, Hugs, Terra

mjskit 18/2/15 04:41

These do look like a GREAT cookie for tea time!! I've never seen an amaranth cookie. Thanks for sharing!

Catherine 18/2/15 07:34

Dear Angie, What a wonderful cookie. They are perfect for tea in this cold weather and they are the perfect sweetness. Blessings and xo Catherine

Koko 18/2/15 17:22

Such a unique looking cookie!! Very cool ingredients, too.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 22/2/15 19:17

Yet another creative and delicious recipe Angie! I need to enjoy a cup of tea with a cookie now!

Pam 26/2/15 19:51

They look so pretty AND tasty!

My Little Space 24/4/15 12:03

Angie, do you mind sending me a dozen ??? They look simply gorgeous. <3


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