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Giada's Chocolate Chip-Quinoa Cookies

Courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Cook Time:
15 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins
makes 12 cookies

Chef notes

These have become such a staple in my house that I make them weekly. The toasted quinoa is irresistibly crunchy and, well, chocolate! Need I say more?

Technique tip: They are not at all hard to make, but it is essential that you refrigerate the dough for a good long time — even overnight — or the batter won't be firm enough to scoop and the cookies won't hold their shape as they bake.

Swap option: You can swap bittersweet chocolate chips for semi-sweet if preferred.


  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, preferably European-style, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, such as Guittard extra-dark



Place the quinoa in a small, dry pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is evenly toasted and beginning to pop, 3-4 minutes. Spread on a plate to cool completely.


Combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the egg and egg yolk and whisk until smooth. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda and stir to form a soft dough. Add the toasted quinoa and chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.


Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.


Scoop 1/4-cup balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, placing them 2 inches apart. Flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass or the heel of your hand.


Bake for 13-15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the edges are just set, and the centers are still slightly underdone.


Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.