Monday, February 7, 2011

Baked Spinach Savouries/Salted Spinach Cookies Recipe

Spinach cookies with adzuki bean shoots

These baked spinach savouries are really simple to make, delicious and healthy. You can have it as a snack or as part a meal, in the form of a pancake. The recipe is quite versatile, you can add other ingredients to the dough. I have added adzuki bean sprouts and they turned out delicious. It is like the chocolate chip version.

Calling the baked spinach savouries cookies is perhaps stretching the definition of cookies a little bit. What is a cookie? The trusted wiki alludes to the sweet version but there is no common definition. There is actually a lot of confusion when it comes to defining cookies. A cookie in US is biscuit in most other countries, a cookie is a bun in Scotland, a biscuit is a scone in the US, a cookie is generally chocolate chip cookie in UK and therefore my baked spinach savouries is a cookie. And even better, you can have them for dinner without feeling guilty!

I’ve had eaten deep fried versions in Asia. They are shaped into balls and usually served with a spicy sauce made with tamarind and few other ingredients. While the baked version may be less tasty compared with the deep fried version, it is much easier to make, and of course better for you. 

Few notes:
  • I use a mixture of plain flour and rice flour. Rice flour makes it crunchier. You can substitute rice flour with chickpea flour or you can use 100% flour but the texture will be a bit more ‘doughy’
  • The spinach can be chopped roughly or finely, depends on your preference. I use frozen finely diced spinach and it works perfect.
  • The amount of spinach and onions depends on your preference. Use as much as you want, if you are unsure, use more not less
  • The consistency of the dough should be somewhere between thick cream and bread dough
  • You don’t need to preheat the oven, start with a cold oven. I have tried with and without a preheated oven, the main difference I found was that it took longer when preheating the oven, obviously. There was negligible difference in the final outcome

¾ cup plain flour
¼ cup rice flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons oil
Spinach, fresh or frozen
½ onion
3 cloves garlic

1.       Combine shifted flour and baking powder
2.      Add spinach, finely diced onion, minced garlic, salt and oil
3.      Add enough water to make a soft runny dough
4.      Drop tablespoons of batter onto a well greased baking tray
5.      Flatten slightly and bake at 220 degrees until it starts to brown, about 15 minutes 



  1. So you bake them on baking pan? I think this will find itself very soon on my kitchen table :-)! Great idea!

  2. I would love to try this out. It's a healthy snack to bite on. :P

  3. Sandra: yes you can use a baking tray or baking sheet. Since there is little oil in the dough, it will stick so either grease the tray well or use non-stock
    Little Inbox: thanks for visiting, yes certainly a healthy snack to bite on

  4. This is so different. I've never seen anything like these savoury cookies. I think you're onto something!

  5. This is so creative and interesting to me and yes they do look like cookies :D

  6. Samantha and Jen: thanks for the kind compliments

  7. I didn't know these can be baked! that's a good tip!

  8. daphne: I didn't know either until recently. Glad I found out.

  9. Wow! you have a great range of easy+healthy recipes! I suppose your blog name says it all :-)

  10. Love to bake and try. Could you please tell me how much grams 3/4 or 1/4 a cup is? Greetings from Holland

  11. Anonymous: 1 cup of flour is about 125 grams. See for example Good luck, hope it turns out well

  12. Apparently I missed something… Thanks for the quick reply!

  13. Hi 3-Cookies, Nothing went wrong really. I missed the information on the web, googled with the wrong words. Luckily you helped me with that!


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