Biscoff Cookie Crumble, White Chocolate, Pomegranate Craisin Quinoa Cookies – Part One

“Like Fine Wine, A Recipe Will Also Age With Time!”

There is a sequel to this post, but you don’t have to wait for a year, not even months….I will share the ending in just a matter of days, BONUS!  When I went to the kitchen to make some changes to a favorite recipe,  I really didn’t realize I would walk out of the kitchen with two completely new recipes.

The inspiration goes all the way back to the beginning, when CafeTerraBlog was just wee tyke.  I shared a recipe I adapted and made my own, Butterscotch Craisin Quinoa Cookies.  What I didn’t realize until a few days ago, that quinoa cookie recipe was my very first recipe I ever created, and started my blog adventure!

Thank you to a special someone for helping me to feel inspired, and add some flare to a truly loved cookie in my family. contacted me last week, and asked if she could share my Butterscotch Craisin Quinoa Cookie recipe on her site.  I was truly honored, but immediately realized I needed to make more, and take new pictures.  Thank you so much Alison for sharing my recipe, I was so honored!

When I started blogging, I was all about the food.  My obsession with food photography has evolved over time, and become my second love…..along side recipe developing of course!

Look how far I have come.  Here is my original picture I took back in the beginning of 2010, almost three years ago…..WOW time does fly!

AND now my new fun pictures….gosh I love my precious camera!!!  Honestly, original picture, or today’s picture….those cookies ALL look pretty fantastic to me!

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Biscoff Cookie Crumble, White Chocolate, Pomegranate Craisin Quinoa Cookies - Part One

A healthier cookie with no guilt involved....even after the fourth cookie!

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup biscoff cookie crumble, about 10 cookies
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk + 2 Tbsp
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup pomegranate flavored craisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease sheet pan with cooking spray.

Quinoa should be rinsed before cooked/eaten. In strainer, rinse quinoa well. Place quinoa on a towel or cheese cloth, and squeeze out excess water from rinsed quinoa.

In blender - Add biscoff cookies and blend until they are crumbles, add rinsed and drained quinoa, and blend cookies and quinoa together. Sit aside.

In medium bowl, add canola oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and almond milk, mix ingredients together well.

In small bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, mix ingredients together well.

Mix together wet and dry ingredients, and add quinoa, white chocolate chips, and craisins, and mix well.

Use a tablespoon for each cookie, or you can make them smaller if you choose. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes depending on oven.


Recipe Type: Dessert

These cookies are fun all year long, but since everyone is making cookies for the holidays… about including a healthier cookie on your platter this year?

Now that I have made these cookies in four different variations, I believe this cookie could continue to evolve overtime!  Have fun and try out your favorite flavor combination!

What is your favorite cookie to make during the holidays?

Do you remember your first recipe you created for your blog?

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  • I love all the scrumptious mix-ins you added to these cookies!
  • I have never head quinoa in my cookies! Looks great!
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    I never thought to add quinoa to a cookie; it sounds delicious. I bet the cookie has a lovely texture.
  • [email protected]
    I have fallen in love with quinoa, but haven't tried it in a cookie. Yours look amazing! Love your photography. I cringe when I look back to the early pictures on my blog.
    • Sorry for my delay responding to you. These cookies really are fun, versatile, and delicious! Thank you for the kind comment on my photography! Thank you so much, Take care, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    Great recipe - you've packed all sorts of goodies in there! And great pictures too. I've also found learning how to photograph food to be tons of fun. It takes some work, though. Good post - thanks.
  • OMG these look amaaaaazing!
  • Never baked quinoa cookies and now I can't wait to give it a try! :)
  • Sanjeeta kk
    This is amazing..using Quinoa to bake cookies! The cookies look so filling and lovely.
  • Terra, I started my blog in March of 2010, you are so right - time does fly! I am so glad I started my blog. I think I'm even more passionate about it today then I was when I started it. How about you? Like you, I was sorting through my old photos the other day. I can't believe how far they've come - amazing... Your cookies look so delicious. I'm sitting here drinking a cup of coffee wishing for one (or two)!
  • Must you keep amazing me with your ingenuity? :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  • Wow..I have so much catching up to do with my fav blogs, yours being no exception! I love your version of turkey a la king, and these cookies are blowing my mind! What an amazing idea to make a quinoa cookie with Biscoff cookie crumbles. It's like an inside out cookie and it looks phenomenal, Terra!! xo
  • I like the quote at the beginning so true! I observed the same phenomenon over the years. =) That's so sweet of your friend of sharing your recipe on her page, for sure a huge honor! I never thought of using quinoa to bake cookies, just brilliant Terra and they look so handsome. Send me some over please! =D