Butter – 1/2 cup salted, whipped butter, room temperature
Organic cane sugar – 1/4 cup
Light brown sugar – 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
Honey – 1/4 cup
Eggs – 3 medium farm-fresh eggs
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Quinoa – 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
Oats – 1 cup rolled oats
Pistachios – 1/2 cup, coarsely chopped and toasted
Chocolate chips – 1/2 cup
As defined by the Culinary Institute of America, mise en place is a French phrase that means “‘everything in place’, as in set up. It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients that a cook will require for the menu items that he or she expects to prepare during his/her shift.” Begin by setting out your ingredients by the quantities specified. This will make the baking process easier. As you use your ingredients put them away, cleaning up as you go!
Preheat the oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them with butter.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer or a fork to beat together the butter, both sugars and honey until the texture becomes light and fluffy.
Add one egg at a time and beat it into the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating for about 2 minutes until the mixture is paler in color and fluffy.
Using a large spoon or spatula, fold in about 1/2 cup of the flour mixture at a time until it is fully incorporated with the butter, sugar, honey and eggs.
Stir in the quinoa, oats, pistachios and chocolate chips. (At this point you can store the batter in a ziplock or airtight container in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, allow the batter to thaw and follow the remaining steps in this recipe).
Spoon 2-tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 1 inch apart. (Or, spoon 2 tablespoons into your muffin tin.)
Bake for 15 minutes until browned at the edges, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom at 7 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack or on a separate plate. Store in an airtight container until they’ve been gobbled up by your family or roommates. Store in the freezer in ziplock for up to 1 month; thaw and toast to enjoy.