quinoa oat cookies with drunken cherries

Quinoa Oat Cookies with Drunken Cherries
Makes about 2 dozen

Inspired by Bon Appetit

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1 cup oats
1 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup bourbon, brandy or rum

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine the cherries and booze in your smallest saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is drunk. You know they are ready when there is no liquid left in the pan and the cherries are plump and happy. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. In a larger bowl beat the butter, honey and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the extracts until well blended. Add the quinoa, oats, and cherries and stir to combine, then add the flour until it is fully incorporated. Scoop into heaping tablespoons and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown.