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Chocolate Chip Cookies | The Vanilla Bean Blog | Sarah Kieffer
January is almost over, and I’ve officially caught my first cold of 2016. Somehow I squeaked through the first half of winter without one, but alas, I’m currently curled up on the couch with a box of kleenex. This means, however, I can perhaps do some catch up in internet land. It’s been slow around here (you, ah, might have noticed) as I’ve been finishing up work on my cookbook.

A little bit of blog news: The United Nations is celebrating the International Year of the Pulse, and I’ve just taken the Pulse Pledge, committing to eat pulses once a week for the next year. Pulses are beans, chickpeas, lentils and dried peas; leguminous crops that are good for your health and good for the environment.

I’ll be posting recipes involving them periodically this year, incorporating pulses not only in my savory cooking, but baking recipes as well. That may sound scary, but I promise it’s not.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough on Baking Sheet | The Vanilla Bean Blog | Sarah Kieffer

Chocolate Chip Cookies | The Vanilla Bean Blog | Sarah Kieffer

Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Chickpea Flour

I was interested in the Pulse Pledge for two reasons. First, writing a cookbook based completely on sweet treats means my diet this past year has been less than stellar. Of course, we all know it’s not the cookbook’s fault, but nevertheless, I’m looking to eat healthier.

Pulses are a good place to start, and I want to integrate them into my meals. Second, trying to incorporate legume flours into baking recipes is an interesting challenge, and I decided I’m up for it. I’m not looking to totally replace all-purpose flour in my baked goods, but wanting to add pulses to our diet in a simple way that will taste delicious and not be a lot of extra work.

Flour is an easy way to do this, and so far I’ve had good luck adding a few different flours to recipes I already love.

My first recipe is this chocolate chip cookie, made with the addition of chickpea flour (also called garbanzo bean flour). Chickpea flour has strong flavor, and is usually used in savory baking and cooking.

I did some research and recipe testing to discover that the harsh notes in this flour can be tamed by a few baking items:

  • brown sugar
  • molasses
  • chocolate
  • cinnamon 

I also found that toasting the flour prior to using it can help mellow the flavor, which adds delicious taste without overpowering the cookie. I revamped a favorite recipe with good results. So good, in fact, that my kids each gobbled one up and said they were delicious, and my father-in-law took some to a group meeting and reported back that they were gone in minutes and everyone had great things to say about them.

So! here’s a good way to add pulses to your diet. If the Pulse Pledge sounds interesting to you, you can read more about it here. It’s a 10 week commitment, and it doesn’t require elaborate baking: a serving of hummus and a bowl of soup are good ways to take them in, too.

Chocolate Chip Cookies | The Vanilla Bean Blog | Sarah Kieffer

Unique Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with chickpea flour)

Servings: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Chickpea flour is flavorful, so I feel less is more in this application. It has a slight grassy flavor, and I found toasting the flour and using brown sugar and molasses helped tame the earthy taste. Chickpea flour does not taste great raw, so the raw dough will not be one to nibble on. However, the finished cookies have a unique, delicious flavor.
Sarah Kieffer
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  • 1/3 cup 34g chickpea flour
  • 1 3/4 cups 249g all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 226g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups 297g brown sugar
  • ¼ cups 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 ounces 170g bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bite-sized pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Line two baking sheets with the dull side of tinfoil.
  • Place the chickpea flour in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, until the flour turns light golden brown and begins to smell ‘toasty’, 3-5 minutes. Take off the heat and move the flour to a small bowl. Set aside to cool.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cooled chickpea flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium until creamy. Add both the sugars, and beat again until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, molasses, and water, and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture, and mix on low until combined. Add the chocolate and stir into batter.
  • Use a scoop or spoons to form balls, 3 ounces each (about 1/4 cup in a dry measuring cup). Place 6 on each baking sheet, and place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes. When the cookies have chilled, bake the sheets one at a time (you can put the second sheet in the freezer while the first sheet is baking). Halfway through baking, rotate the pan. Bake until the cookies’ edges are set and golden brown, and the center is still underdone, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool. Let cookies cool completely on the pan.


When the edges of your cookie begin to set and the center is puffed (about 8 minutes into baking), lift the pan slightly in oven and let fall back down. This will help to create a nice ridge on the edge of your cookies.
Using the dull side of tinfoil to bake these cookies is a little trick I learned after hearing Alice Medrich speak. The tinfoil helps make for an extra crisp, golden brown bottom. Parchment paper can also be used with good results.

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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    Can I dispense with chickpea flour?

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    Monday, December 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Great great texture but these were a little too sweet. Would reducing the amount of sugar or cutting the molasses change the texture of the cookie? I found the texture was perfect and I wouldnt want to mess with that. Let me know if you have any advice please

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    Veronica Sierralta
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Celiac recipes please !!

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      Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Veronica – I am not gluten-free, so most my recipes do contain all-purpose flour. There are a lot of really great gluten-free blogs/sites available online, where I’m sure you could find the recipes you are looking for. Thanks for stopping by! -sk

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    Veronica Sierralta
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    How can i avoid wheat , I am celiac

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    Emma Galloway
    Monday, February 1, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Loving the addition of chickpea flour in your choc chip cookies Sarah! Yum.

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    Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I am all about chocolate chip cookies right now. This look so great!

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    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Love that you incorporated healthy hearty legumes into decadent chewy cookies! I’d finish off the whole batch. Also – I hope you start feeling better soon!! Kick that box of tissue’s butt.

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    Marissa @ In My Yellow Cardigan
    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I’ve used the King Arthur garbanzo bean flour and it’s amazing! The cookies come out so soft.I supplement it with wheat flour in my chocolate chip cookies and I get nothing but rave reviews when I bring them to events. So happy to see this kind of recipe on one of my favorite blogs!

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    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    One of my favourite vegan bakeries makes an amazing chocolate chipper with chickpea flour in the mix. It gives it a nice hearty edge, and I feel soooo virtuous eating one. Toasting the flour is such a smart move. These look incredible, Sarah!

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    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Chickpea flour in cookies is a great idea! U.S. Indians use it in lots of sweets but I never thought to use it in cookies. I too love pulses and love the idea of the pulse pledge. Hope you get over your cold soon.

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    Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)
    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4:11 am

    these look amazing! just as chewy and chocolatey as the typical chocolate chip cookie- i would have never noticed from looking at them they had chickpeas.

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    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Beans and lentils are two of my favorite things to eat, but I’ve never tried going the savory route with them. I’m going to have to pick up some chickpea flour and try these out.

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