Tropical Rolled Spelt Cookies

Spelt is an ancient relative of wheat, full of protein, fiber and iron, it’s known for being kind to our tummies and it’s nutrients are easily absorbed into our bodies.  I just recently started using spelt flour in my baking which is very similar to whole wheat pastry flour. I like using spelt for cookies, muffins, breads and scones.  Whole grain rolled spelt  can be prepared like old fashioned rolled oats as a hot cereal or used in baked goods like cookies.  Recently I found a recipe for cookies using rolled spelt on Angie’s Recipes, her glowing description of the cookies “They are so freaking good” inspired me to find rolled spelt and substitute it in my own go-to oatmeal cookie recipe.  I raided my pantry and went in a tropical direction with all my added goodies- using up the last of my giant can of macadamia nuts from Costco, signaling time for a Costco run!  I can never get out of Costco for less than three hundred bucks and always come home with something like a set of luggage or a first aid kit that I don’t need but it’s worth it to bring home that big can of macadamia nuts.  These cookies don’t really spread on their own in the oven, they need a little help by being flattened with the back of a fork before baking.

I couldn’t find rolled spelt at any of my local markets, including Whole Foods which surprised me so I ordered them online from Bob’s Red Mill.  I also ordered their finely ground blanched almond meal for my next cookie project.  It’s kind of a cool site with lots of different flours, cereals, mixes etc, definitely worth checking out.  I also raided my sewing stash where I found this vintage binding which I cut with an old pair of pinking sheers- surprised me that they were still sharp!  My sewing machine is one lonely camper since I started my food blog over two years and 200 hundred posts ago!

Tropical Rolled Spelt Cookies

Ingredients and Directions
makes about 48 cookies

Preheat the oven to 350F

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup whole ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking spice, Penzeys brand(cinnamon,allspice,mace, cardamom,ground anise seed)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rolled spelt
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/2 cup medium flaked coconut
1/2 cup dried pineapple(2 slices), chopped
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, Ghirardelli classic white brand

Whisk together the flours, ground flax seeds, baking powder, spices and salt in a large bowl, set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer beat together the sugars and butter until creamy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Lower the mixer speed and beat in the flour mixture.  Beat in the rolled spelt.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and using a wooden spoon beat in the rest of the ingredients, macadamia nuts through white chocolate chips. Drop tablespoons of the dough onto parchment or silpat lined cookie sheets.  Flatten the dough with the back of a fork if you like them flat or keep them round and they will turn out puffy.  Bake for 16-18 minutes.  Cool on metal racks and store in a cookie jar.


  1. What gorgeous cookies. I see more and more recipes using spelt so I'm going to have to break down and get some myself. There's a working mill in our area so I'll try there first.

    I had to smile about your binding material and pinking shears sitting idle for so long. I have scrapbooking materials that are doing the same thing, except when a 12×12 sheet of pretty paper becomes the background for a picture. :)

  2. Yes, spelt is a very good quality flour. I use it a lot in my baking too, to replace flour. Love your cookies. Look very delicious. A few pieces of this and a cup of milk will make me smile the whole day :DD

  3. That's it! Buying spelt so I can try baking these this weekend!

  4. Hmm, those sound delicious. Love the tropical flavors, and I've got to bake more with spelt flour myself.

  5. I love Bob's Red Mill stuff! Esp the polenta. These cookies look great … and sorry about your sewing machine but isn't eating and cooking more fun that sewing? ; )

  6. I might have to order some of that flour, I haven't seen it here either. Can't wait to see what you are making with the almond flour, if you need a supervisor and tester, give me a call. I didn't know you sewed, I love to sew, but haven't in years either. Hmm, I might have another idea in mind for us. Hope you are having a great week.

  7. those cookies were so beautiful, Patty! I'm the same way with Costco haha. It's a sucker! I still have macadamia nuts from Costco that I've tried to finish. I was wondering at first when I read a “tropical” cookies. Thinking what would be in them. Now I know — ginger, macadamia nuts, pineapple, and coconut! They are tropical indeed!

  8. Love the presentation!
    I use quite a bit of spelt in baking, but hadn't heard of whole grain rolled spelt.
    Bob's Red Mill has some pretty great products (love their baking cookbook).

  9. These are SO my type of cookie… not only did you use my favorite flour, spelt, but you turned them into a tropical dream! yay!!!

  10. Patty – these cookie look and sound perfectly yummy. Hope your golf game the other day was fun and you scored well! Have a great evening!!

  11. You've inspired me, I want to start cooking with spelt flour now. I didn't realise it was often easier on the tummy – which is important to me.

  12. well, at least with the luggage you have a place to hide away all your other good finds… your cookies are a beauty and the fact that they are better for us than regular made makes them so much better … and as for the stuffed tomatoes, yup, we enjoyed them with steaks too

  13. I love oatmeal cookies, so I need to try your spelt version. Great information about this healthy grain, Patty~

  14. I love those cookies! How pretty! Thank you, Patty, for the shout-out and I am going to add macadamia nuts to the cookies next time.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. You even make “good for you” sound good. How DO you do that? :) Happy weekend, friend! I'd also like to add Penzey's baking spice to my pantry.

  16. Love these healthy and delicious cookies, Patty!
    The addition of the macadamia nuts really adds more flavor. The pretty bow, and platter give it such an artistic look. You'rs so talented, my dear!

  17. Oh…I love that stack of spelt cookies! Hope I get spelt in my city and bake with these ancient lovely grain. Beautiful cookies..ginger, it has all that a winner cookie recipe needs!

  18. 200 posts — congratulations! Your cookies look great and sound so healthy.

  19. Awesome cookies – I love the tropical flavors with dried pineapple and macadamia nuts, nice!

  20. Omg Patty, I could spend hours in Costco, especially when it's food sampling time. Haha. Sometimes it gets so bad that I actually schedule my shopping during lunch so I can try all their samples. I know, I obviously need a Costco intervention :P. Your cookies look lovely and delicious. Loving the tropical touch to them. Would go perfect with a glass of milk and my kiddies. Teehee. Happy 200th post! :D

  21. I hear you about Costco, Patty! I have been reading about spelt, but have not used it yet. Your cookies look and sound really good. I really like Bob's Red Mill products, but have not ordered anything from their online store yet. I'll have to check out the spelt as I have not seen it here either.

  22. These are wonderful…just looking at the ingredients may make this my favorite cookies ever!

  23. You always make things look so pretty.

  24. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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