Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies


by May 24th, 2011 // Desserts

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me start by saying I KNOW THIS SOUNDS CRAZY, but you must must must put some chickpeas in your own chocolate chip cookies before you judge. They are seriously the most addictive cookies we’ve ever made. Everyone in our household agrees. They taste (and look) just like cookie dough even after they are fully baked. Here’s how it all started…

Chickpea Chocolate Chip CookiesChickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Someone recently gave me a copy of Deceptively Delicious and although I’m definitely NOT a food hider, I couldn’t help but take a look. Inside the book was a recipe for chocolate chip cookies containing chickpeas. My kid loves chickpeas and I never have to “hide” the fact that I’d put them into something. I asked if he’d like to make cookies with chickpeas he answered with an emphatic “yes!”

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

The only trouble was that the recipe itself contained all white flour and called for use of a whole lot of butter substitute. I’m not into baking with butter substitutes and I try to always substitute at least some flour and fat with healthier pantry items.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, together my kid and I winged it and threw together a batch of experimental Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies. We dumped so many items into the mixer that I was a wee bit nervous how this would all work out.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m so glad we wrote things down as we cooked because my kid’s already begging to bake up another batch tonight. What kinds of unexpected things have you added to your cookies lately?

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 10 to 15 mins

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed + patted dry
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of kosher salt
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet choco chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpat mats (or grease with baking spray).
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together fours, almond meal, salt and baking soda.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.
4. Add chickpeas and beat until finely mashed. Add eggs one at a time continuing to beat.
5. Mix in yogurt and vanilla and then incorporate dry ingredients on low speed until dough forms.
6. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
7. Drop dough by teaspoonful on each cookie sheet about two inches apart.
8. Dampen hands and gently push on the top of each piece of cookie dough flattening each slightly.
9. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or just beginning to brown and toothpick comes out clean. Resist the urge to over bake! They will look undercooked but if the toothpick comes out clean they are done.

Makes: 4 dozen

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies


12 Comments on “Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 1.) debbie koenig
    May 24th, 2011

    Love this idea! I’m so with you on the not-hiding-foods thing. My son’s pretty selective in his eating (read: he drives me nutso with the picky), but if I’m going to put chickpeas in his cookies, he’s going to know about it. Of course then I’m pretty sure he won’t eat them, but it’s worth a shot ;)

  2. 2.) brooke rains
    May 24th, 2011

    Can’t wait to try this!

  3. 3.) Amy
    May 24th, 2011

    I love this idea! My kids don’t like chickpeas but I would only tell them they are in AFTER they tell me they like the cookies :) What could I use in place of almond meal. It can not be found where I live :(

  4. 4.) Rebecca
    May 24th, 2011

    Amy, if you’re not allergic, you can make your own almond flour by putting almonds into the food processor and blending until they are finely ground. i think it really adds a nice flavor to the cookies. if you’re still not sold, just put in some extra flour to make up for the almond flour. they should come out fine. :)

  5. 5.) Amy
    May 24th, 2011

    Thanks Rebecca!

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  7. 7.) Nancy
    May 25th, 2011

    I just made these! Me and my 3 yr old love them! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. 8.) Angela
    July 12th, 2011

    I made these today substituting the vanilla yogurt with Greek yogurt as it’s what I had on hand. They were unbelievably delicious. And I don’t mean delicious “for a cookie that calls for chickpeas.” Thank you!

  9. 9.) Becky
    September 9th, 2011

    Thank you! I just made these and they are amazing! We have wheat and egg allergies, so I used a brown rice/sweet rice/tapioca combo for the flour and flax for the egg. I did not add xanthan.

  10. 10.) Jill (JBean Cuisine)
    March 26th, 2012

    I just made a batch of these and they were AMAZING. I love that they have protein (about 2 grams each cookies), but you’d never know.

    Can’t wait to trick my hubs :)

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