If traditional cookies are starting to bore you, give them a new spin with this recipe.
Step 1: Make lentil puree Pour the lentils and 2 cups water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and let cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Cool and puree in a food processor.
TIP: Wash the lentils thoroughly and pick out any stones and other debris before cooking.
Step 2: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. At the same time, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a medium-sized bowl.
Step 3: Cream together the sugar butter Cream together the butter and sugar in a separate bowl using either a stand mixer or by hand with a whisk, but be prepared to work at it.
Step 4: Add the egg, vanilla, and lentils Add the egg and stir to incorporate. Then pour in the vanilla extract and lentil puree. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
Step 5: Incorporate flour mixture Incorporate the flour mixture a little at a time until the dough starts coming together.
Step 6: Stir in oats, dried fruit, and coconut Stir in the oats, dried fruit, and coconut until mixed, or skip them altogether for a smoother texture to your cookies.
TIP: Feel free to throw in some nuts of your choice or even white chocolate chips if dried fruit and coconut isn't enough to satisfy.
Step 7: Bake Spoon out the cookie dough into 1-inch balls and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve.
FACT: Lentils are a traditional Italian dish served during New Year's as the coin-shaped legumes symbolize money, prosperity, and good fortune for the coming year.