Cookies are our weakness, and these chia crunch cookies are irresistible.
They are basically a simple sugar cookie, with a hint of orange flavor, and with a pleasing little crunch.
Recently, when we brought these to a holiday cookie swap, someone asked, “So, are they healthy?” Well…
Chia seeds are a good source of calcium and phosphorus, as well as dietary fiber and manganese. Plus they’re richer in Omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds. But when you combine it with all of the butter and sugar it’s essentially a wash.
It’s a cookie, OK? Enjoy!
Chia Crunch Cookies
These delicious cookies have a delicious chia crunch.
- 1 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- grated rind of one orange
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp milk
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and the butter; add the sugar and blend until light and fluffy. Add the orange rind, vanilla, and eggs; beat until thoroughly mixed. Stir in milk.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; then add the dry ingredients gradually to the creamed mixture and mix. Stir in chia seeds.
Shape the dough into long rolls about 2 inches in diameter; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and cut into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
Chia Crunch Cookies
This is one of those kinds of cookies that require you to have a little extra patience. The cookie dough needs to chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator. That might seem like a long time to wait when you’re craving cookies. But the good thing is, it’s passive time where you can do other things while you wait for the dough to be ready.
Here’s what the dough looks like all rolled up when it’s ready to chill in the refrigerator:
Now here’s what it looks like once the rolls have been sliced into cookies and baked:
Of course, these cookies are fun for the holidays, but you can enjoy them any time of the year. Who says you need a reason?
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P.S. If you love chia seeds, try these Everything Bagel Seeded Crackers!