Saturday, March 10, 2007

Orange and Goji Berry Cookies

goji berry cookie

recipe #203

The new big thing at Whole Foods seems to be the goji berry. It is $18 a pound in the bulk section. Not cheap, but supposed to be healthy as all get out. You can also find them at Costco for around $9 for 2.5 pounds, but they are covered in sugar and dipped in pomegranate juice. Not so tasty, but I guess it will cure whatever is wrong with you. My son will shove handfuls in his mouth as fast as you can pour them in front of him.

Modifed from a Post Punk Kitchen recipe:
Fluffy Goji-Orange Cookies
1/2 C. pure maple syrup
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. spelt flour
1 1/2 C. white flour
1 C. dried unsweetened goji berries soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
2 tsp. orange zest
natural sugar (optional)

Mix syrup, shortening, egg replacer, orange juice, and orange zest thoroughly. Add everything else except cranberries and mix well. Stir in cranberries. The dough should be sticky and a bit elastic. Not really typical cookie dough texture. If it's too messy to shape by hand then add a little flour until it's more pliable.

Shape dough into small balls and place on non-stick or greased cookie sheet. These cookies aren't terribly sweet as-is so you can optionally do the following to give them a light sugary coating. Flatten dough balls with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. These tend to come out puffy so it's best to flatten the dough balls a bit even if you don't put sugar on top. They can get a little gooey inside otherwise.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-11 minutes

These are more like breakfast treats. They are more muffin than cookie. Still a good solid vegan treat. I'm pretty sure they would be nice wheat-free if you were to replace the white flour with white rice flour, or a mixture of soy and tapioca flour.

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Noel said...

The recipe does not say how much egg replacer to use.

Noel said...

The recipe does not say how much egg replacer to use.

Goji said...

Correctly known as Wolfberry, this is a plant with many identities, as it is also known as Chinese wolfberry, mede berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, Murali (in India), red medlar, or matrimony vine.

Rachell Ann said...

Great recipe! But you didn't mention how much egg replacer but I will do this as soon as I got home.

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