Job’s Tears (Yi Yi Ren 薏苡仁) & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Desserts are often overly sweet with little medicinal value.  In fact, excessive sweets injure the digestion and lead to dampness in the body which can cause various imbalances and diseases.  This nutritional dessert recipe includes toasted ‘Yi Yi Ren’ 薏苡仁 (Job’s Tears) which strengthens the digestive system (creating healthy Spleen Qi) and reduces dampness (water & mucus retention).

Strong Spleen Qi is the basis of ‘post-natal Qi’ and health. Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients from your food so your body can stay well nourished.  How nice to have sweets that strengthen our body’s internal organs rather than deplete them!


  • 1 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted + finely ground yi yi ren (toast 5 minutes in a iron skillet or in the toaster oven)
  • 1 cup sucanat/raw sugar
  • 2 sticks butter – softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 bag Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips/disks or chocolate nibs


Preheat oven to 375º F

In a large bowl, put in softened butter. Blend in sugars. Mix in eggs and then add vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients together, and blend into wet mixture. Blend in chocolate chips and nuts. Put heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes.     Thanks Laurel for you help with this great recipe!

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  1. These cookies are so delicious. So nutritious and completely better than commercial cookies!

    Comment by Alana woodschan — December 9, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  2. I am going to try this recipe since I have a severe weakness for chocolate chip cookies. Can you taste the herb flavor in the cookie? I looked up Yi Yi Ren (Job’s tears) in my fancy flash cards and it says that it has also been clinically shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

    Comment by Melissa Kordela — February 15, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

  3. I love seeing recipes like these to help deal with a ferocious sweet tooth. But where does one get sorghum flour?

    Comment by Jodi Host — March 26, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

  4. I really like these cookies. Mine came out with a slightly powdery texture, but the flavors are so good.

    Comment by Heather Cochran — July 27, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

  5. I wonder what these cookies would taste like if they were made with 100% yi yi ren flour…I might try that! These look like my kind of cookie :)

    Comment by Tali Weinberg — July 28, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  6. This was so delicious when Heather made it in class! Especially since she found the pre-ground Yi Yi Ren flour at 99Ranch. When I’ve made gluten-free cookies before I’ve used a flour mix with 1/4 rice flour, 1/4 sorgum flour, 1/4 corn starch and 1/4 potato starch, which helps them stick together better. I wonder if you could do some combination with the Yi Yi Ren so that they wouldn’t be as crumbly. Maybe just use yi yi ren instead of the rice in that mix since both are pretty crumbly flours?

    Comment by Katrina H — August 3, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

  7. These cookies were delicious! I liked them better than a traditional chocolate chip cookie, mainly because of the texture. I will definitely be making them again. It’s exciting to learn of recipes for sweets that actually better digestion.

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — August 6, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

  8. Thanks for letting us know that we can get the Yi Yi Ren flour at 99 Ranch – I’m looking forward to making these cookies! I may add shredded coconut for extra flavor and benefit. Coconut is said to have many medicinal properties, such as boosting immunity, and anti-cancer, anti-viral effects, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Plus it’s so tasty.

    Comment by Ann Williams — August 11, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  9. is yi yi ren to dry for a daily grain i notice it is not contraindicated for yin def like fu ling is. wondering how it compares to rice when done daily

    Comment by jonathan — August 14, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  10. These cookies sound great! I’m always looking for recipes to make for my daughter who can’t have gluten. I will be making these before coming back for the fall term!

    Comment by Lisa Polson — August 22, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

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