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Chickpea cookies

Thu 04 Aug 2022 16:19:26 PDT
Wonderfully rich, chewy, and crisp cookies are a great addition to fabulous desserts. They're perfect as snacks especially if the recipe doesn't neglect nutritional content. Chickpea cookies meet all the requirements, being delicious and nutritious is definitely the ideal combination!

It doesn't hurt a bit that this recipe is pretty easy to make. We advocate measuring ingredients by weight since it's more accurate and actually easier to do. Anyway quantities here can be off a bit without too much of an issue. And naturally there's plenty of room for exploring variations.

Another nice thing is that these cookies are slow to go stale. On one out-of-town trip a batch of these cookies were excellent "travel snacks". Without putting them in a refrigerator, a week later the cookies were still in good shape!

Dry ingredients:
  • chickpea flour 180g, ~1½ cups
  • white chocolate chips 60g, ~1/3-1/2 cup
  • baking soda † 1/2 tsp
  • cinnamon 1/4 tsp
  • cardamom (optional) 1/4 tsp
  • salt 1/4 tsp
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a small-medium bowl. Set aside.
Wet ingredients:
If needed...
  • chickpea flour 1 or more tbsp
  1. Place wet ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until mixture is smooth and uniform.
  2. Add reserved dry ingredients and mix well with a sturdy spoon or spatula.
  3. In a minute or two the dry ingredients absorb moisture and mix becomes more dough-like.
  4. Keep mixing, after a while turn and knead the dough by hand until it begins to become elastic and uniform in appearance.
  5. If dough is sticky add small amount of chickpea flour and continue to turn and mix.
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Once the dough is well mixed, and no longer sticky, spread a little chickpea flour on a cutting board or other surface.
  3. Shape the ball of dough into a cylinder, cut into quarters with a knife.
  4. With each part, make a cylinder and cut into thirds.
  5. Roll the individual pieces into balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball).
  6. There will be twelve dough balls. Distribute evenly on a cookie sheet, then flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand.
  7. Bake for 10 min at 375°F. Remove from oven. When sheet has cooled enough, transfer cookies to cooling racks.
  8. When cookies reach room temperature, they're ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator for longest freshness but are good for a week at room temperature.
Not too hard to think of options and substitutions worth trying! If "regular" (vs. white) chocolate sounds good, that's an easy one. Dried fruit in addition to or instead of "bits" works too. Replacing part of the maple syrup with molasses (or other syrups) adds a different flavor. Honey is another option, just need to be aware that honey is sweeter gram for gram vs. maple syrup. Other seed or nut butters yield worthy variations. Trying out some of the spices and herbs among the vast range of products on grocery shelves gives lots of material to experiment with. For example, think about mint, lots to choose from. Maybe tea or coffee could hold some appeal. No doubt your own ideas are even more interesting than these happen to be.
† Managing sodium content:
To minimize sodium content use a non-sodium "baking soda" product. The recommended alternative is potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3). Food (or pharmaceutical) grade versions are readily available online and substitute one-for-one in place of sodium bicarbonate. It's possible KHCO3 products are sold in "upscale" groceries, though realistically the odds are against finding anything suitable in local stores.
Categories: chickpea dessert sweets

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