Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cookies Recipe - Cookie Bloghop

Beetroot chocolate fudge cookies

Why aren’t there beetroot cookies when there are beetroot cakes, pumpkin cakes and pumpkin cookies? There is only one way to find out, to try it, and I am glad I did. In addition to the cookies having a visually appealing pinkish hue, they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and delicious all around. And you don't even need to use artificial coloring to get that color.

For those of you who don’t like beetroot, and I guess there is a fair few of you, these cookies don’t taste beety and earthy. There is a very subtle beetroot flavor. If you were not told that the cookies contain beetroot you probably will not even guess it.

To keep the beets company I added chocolate and fudge chunks. Using fudge was a mistake since the fudge melted away, leaving gaps in some cookies. If you want to use fudge its best to melt it and pour over the cookies. Or don’t use fudge at all.

I used a mixture of plain flour and semolina to avoid the cookies having a cake like texture. Semolina gives a crispier texture. You can skip the semolina and use only regular flour if you want.

You can use either pureed or diced/shredded beetroot, depending on the texture you want. If you puree the beetroot there will be more moisture, resulting in the cookie having a cake like texture like pumpkin cookies. The cookies will be crispier if you finely dice or shred the beetroot. I used a mixture of puree and shredded beetroot.

When it comes to cookies and health, my personal opinion is that if you are concerned about health, cookies are probably not for you. Just like skydiving is not for you if you are scared of heights. However there are a few health aspects worth mentioning, giving you an excuse to indulge with less guilt. These cookies are low in fat and butter free since the beetroot partially acts as a substitute. The cookies are also low in sugar since beetroot yet again acts as a substitute. Beetroot is a star here, working hard to keep fat and sugar under control.

Beetroot chocolate fudge cookies
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¾ cup flour
¼ cup semolina
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional, I didn’t use it)
½ cup chocolate chips and caramel chips (or just use chocolate)
2 tablespoon butter or oil (I used coconut oil and vegetable oil)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup cooked beetroot (I used half grated and half pureed)
1 egg

1.      Cream together butter/oil, sugar and egg
2.      Add beetroot and mix until combined
3.      In a separate bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt
4.      Add the flour mixture and chocolate chunks to the butter mixture and mix until combined
5.      Place balls of dough on a greased tray, flatten and bake at 175˚C/350˚F until it sets, about 15 minutes.

Beetroot chocolate fudge cookies


  1. these beetroot cookies look great! love how fluffy they look and the chunks of chocolate are awesome. i use beetroot pink sprinkles. i've been meaning to look for some beetroot powder but have yet to find. where do you get yours from?

  2. Lovely cookies! Simply love the pink color in them! :) If possible, do go through rules of my Jingle... event (link given below) & link your post there..

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  3. Brilliant cookie! I just love that you used beetroot to make a red cookie for the holidays - so smart! Keeping this recipe!

  4. Oh my, what amazing cookies these are!!Love the color and so unique!!Have to try making this :)

  5. Junia: I used fresh beet, boiled and then pureed/shredded. I have never seen beetroot powder

    Kavi: thank you

    Laura: thank you, yes it does have a bit of the Christmas color!

    Soni: thank you

  6. please mention the event name, link & logo too. sorry for the trouble!

  7. I love that color!! They would be perfect with the fudge poured over and green sprinkles. I have been wanting to try using beet root for a baked good and I think this was the final push I needed. Nice to host #cookielove with you!

  8. What great color from the beets...and with chocolate and caramel chips, I couldn't resist these beauties! So fun to cohost the bloghop with you...I don't know why I never come over to your other blog! Glad your cookies got me here :)

  9. Fabulous color! I would have never imagined you used beets! I'm very intrigued to try these out!

  10. Love this creative recipe and I adore beetroots. You're right, we need a beetroot cookie!

  11. So creative and love the colors. People forget beets are very sweet.

  12. So pretty and original! Those cookies are amazing.



  13. What beautiful and unique cookies! You are so creative to use beetroot in a cookie.

  14. I'd have never guessed that there's beetroot in them. I love the color and I love that it's natural. The use of semolina sounds great! I use it quite often when making moister cakes and so on and I can imagine the wonderful crispiness caused by semolina, all I can say right now is YUM!! :D

  15. I know what I'm making for Valentine's day... :D i love that shade of pink! oh. and p.s. we call beetroots "beets" here, without the "root" part.

  16. What an unusual recipe!The pink hue is so beautiful,I wish I could try one now!Oh,and you made me laugh,LOL,when you said "When it comes to cookies and health,my personal opinion is that if you are concerned about health,cookies are probably not for you.Just like skydiving..."
    P.S. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!:-)


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