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How to Make Lentil Cookies

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.

You Will Need

  • 2/3 c. lentils
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 c. dried fruit
  • 1 c. coconut
  • Food processor
  • Stand mixer or whisk
  • Nuts (optional)
  • White chocolate chips (optional)

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