chocolate chip oatmeal kumquat cookies

I’m a fan of kumquats. They’re tiny little bursts of concentrated orange tartness that pops in your mouth like candy. And I love that you don’t need to peel ’em…just pop ’em and go. However, I ‘ve never really looked inside of one before, never having a need to before. But then a bought a large bag of kumquats in Chinatown and wondered what else I could do with these tiny citrus fruits. I found a recipe for kumquat cookies and the deal was sealed.

When I started chopping the kumquats I was surprised to find out that there’s not much fruit or juice to these little orange balls….just pith, rind and seeds. Who knew? I guess it’s what makes these cookies so great. The flavour of the kumquats provide a concentrated burst of orange flavour that goes so well with the chocolate. These cookies aren’t overly sweet but they pack a wallop of deliciousness…and this coming from someone who claims that she’s not even a fan of the orange/chocolate combo! Pass on the Terry’s chocolate orange and snack on these instead. Oh, and that sweet pink knife up above? I bought it locally at a kitchen shop in Chinatown, but it’s available on Amazon: Kuhn Rikon Pink Nonstick Paring Knife with Sheath 4-in.

24 comments to “chocolate chip oatmeal kumquat cookies”

  1. 1
    DanGarion   February 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

    It’s funny that you mention kumquats, they just mentioned them on Slashfood yesterday!

  2. 2
    VeggieGirl   February 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never had a kumquat before – I’m too intimidated by them, haha 😀 Such enticing cookies though!!

  3. 3
    la ninja   February 25, 2009 at 11:08 am


  4. 4
    Ellen   February 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    My parents have a kumquat tree. They brought some down for us once and we ended up making a salsa with them to on some barbecued salmon. Very good!

  5. 5
    Dawn   February 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I would love to add these to my next batch of cc cookies. Love that creativity girl!
    That plate looks so familiar…..

  6. 6
    jodye   February 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Oh this looks like a lovely flavor combination! You can’t beat a chocolate cookie, and I imagine the kumquats just make them even more indestructible!

  7. 7
    Bijoux   February 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Okay, so I’m not a fan of kumquats but I’m a big fan of chocolate-orange Lara bars and cookies!! So, I’m game 🙂

  8. 8
    Not Another Omnivore   February 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    This is perfect! I’m doing oatmeal week on my blog. I’m going to post these tomorrow as long as that’s okay with you. If not shoot me an email at notanotheromnivore (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll give you full credit of course.


  9. 9
    Betsy   February 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I’ve never had a kumquat, but I do love the combo of chocolate + orange so I think I may need to seek some out. Love your blog!

  10. 10
    celine   February 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a kumquat either. proof of the fact is that it took me two tries to spell it right. oops?

  11. 11
    Culinary Wannabe   February 26, 2009 at 3:38 am

    My grandparents had a kumquat tree in their yard, and I remember thinking that they were the one tree that we couldn’t eat from (as opposed to grapefruit, orange, etc). Funny that I’ve still never eaten one!

  12. 12
    Miss Kate   February 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Kumquats in cookies? Is that legal in the continental United States? 😉

    I, too, love the citrusy goodness of kumquats, and now I’m eager to try them in cookies!

  13. 13
    Rachel   February 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    This is a great idea! I love kumquats.

  14. 14
    Ginger   February 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Man, if this (alternative) oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe is as good as it looks in the pictures, I’ve totally finished my search. Plus, I LVOE orage+chocolate!

  15. 15
    Aimée   February 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    You know that i love chocolate & oatmeal cookies, and these sound over the top!

    Now I'm thinking about kumquat marmalade.

  16. 16
    Daily Spud   February 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Oh I love chocolate+orange, so I didn’t have any trouble figuring out that I would like these very much. What I am likely to have trouble with is finding kumquats here, but if I should come across same, I shall be back to this page pronto 🙂

  17. 17
    Amanda   February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Other excellent uses for kumquats:

    1. they make a mean cocktail garnish

    2. confit–add them to wine vinegar, sugar and a bit of spice, boil till syrupy then jar for later

    3. with baked chicken or pork

    mmmmmmmmmmm kumquats!

  18. 18
    Sarena Shasteen   February 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Yum, this sounds like a great combination!

  19. 19
    Hayley   February 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve never had a kumquat before, and this sounds like just the recipe to experiment with. They look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  20. 20
    Maris   February 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    These sound perfect! I saw kumquats at the market the other day and I almost bought some but couldn’t think of a way to use them. If I had known they made delicious cookies I would have bought them ASAP!

  21. 21
    Tracey   February 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Where did you get that awesome knife???? I am crazy about it!

  22. 22
    lyndsay   February 28, 2009 at 6:18 am

    go kumquat go! i met you at toque, hope all is well in your craftin’/bloggin’ world!

    –lyndsay 🙂

  23. 23
    kickpleat   March 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

    DanGarion, small world! smaller fruit 🙂

    Betsy, it’s a great combo together!

    VeggieGirl, don’t be intimidated. They are delicious!!

    La Nija, indeed 🙂

    Ellen, what a great idea.

    Dawn, why yes, it’s an Orla Keily Target plate!

    Jodye, yup, these are amazing!

    Bijoux, when baked, they don’t have that tart flavour…just concentrated orange goodness. I’m sure you’ll love them.

    Naomni, please go ahead 🙂

    Celine, they are worth seeking out.

    Ha, too funny, Culinary. I think you’ve been missing out!

    Go ahead, Miss Kate, so delicious.

    Thanks Rachel!

    Ginger, it’s better than the photos. Seriously.

    I think I’ll have to give marmalade another try, Aimee! (I hated it when I was a kid)

    Good luck in your search, Daily Spud!

    Amanda, thanks for all the suggestions! I love the confit idea.

    Sarena, it’s wonderful 🙂

    Hayley, seek them out as they are pretty delicious!

    Well, next time you’re market-bound, Maris…

    Tracey, I bought it in a local kitchen shop. I added the amazon link to the post!

    Hi Lyndsay! I totally remember you (plus you are a friend of Lori’s!)

  24. 24
    Cookie baker Lynn   March 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I would never have thought of combining kumquats and chocolate, but now that you mention it, it does sound like something my husband would love.

Leave a comment