Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times!

 

I realized that I had not posted a cookie recipe, although I have a huge repertoire of recipes that I would love to share and develop in the future.

 

These Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times! These cookies are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

With the rising occurrence of gluten allergies and other conditions requiring a gluten free diet, there is always a need for gluten free recipes. So I thought this would be a great option for people to try.

 

I think that using ghee (clarified butter) gives these cookies a nice nutty and rich flavor. You could always make it with only oil too. Specifically light olive oil, which does not have an intense flavor.

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times! These cookies are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

The sugar contributes to the required texture for the cookies. And I have given a range for the quantity of sugar for this recipe, but the lower end is sweet enough. Yes, it has the sugar and ghee, but a sweet is meant to be enjoyed occasionally in small quantities. That is why it is called a treat. Here is one more decadent treat for you to try – Tahini Orange Chocolate Marble Cake.

 

It is essential to use “roasted” chickpea flour and not the regular raw chickpea flour because it makes a world of difference. If roasted chickpea flour is not easily available, you may purchase roasted chickpeas from Indian or other ethnic stores and process it into a flour.

 

Now brew a cup of tea or coffee and relish these melt in the mouth Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios!

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times! These cookies are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

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CARDAMOM CHICKPEA COOKIES WITH PISTACHIOS

 

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NUTRITION FACTS

 

Servings: 25                                  Serving Size: 1 Cookie

 

Calories 90, Total Fat 5 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 8 mg, Potassium 79 mg, Phosphorus 44 mg, Total Carbohydrate 10 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 2 g

 

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PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes
 
INGREDIENTS

 

1/4 cup ghee* or light olive oil

1/4 cup light olive oil

1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon ground cardamom

Pinch of salt

2 to 2 ¼ cups roasted chickpea flour (from roasted chickpeas)

1 tablespoon unsalted sliced pistachios

 

 
DIRECTIONS

 

Preheat the oven to 300 degree F.

 

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Combine the melted ghee, oil, sugar and cardamom. Then add the roasted chickpea flour and mix well. (You can also make your own flour by processing the roasted chickpeas in a Vitamix or a food processor).

 

If using 1/2 cup sugar you may need about 2 ¼ cups chickpea flour. And If using 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar then 2 cups of chickpea flour would be needed.

 

The dough may be a bit crumbly or dry but it works. Take a smooth stainless steel tablespoon measure to shape the cookies.

 

Place a few pieces of pistachios in the center of the tablespoon measure. Next fill up the tablespoon with the dough and pack it really well using your fingers.

 

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Carefully scoop out the cookie dough and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet, with the circular side and pistachios facing up.

 

Make sure to space the cookies at least one inch apart. Bake for about 14 to 18 minutes until slightly golden brown. You will notice a delicate cracking on the surface when the cookies are well baked.

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times! These cookies are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool very well. Carefully transfer the cookies to a serving platter or storage container.

 

Enjoy the Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios.

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios – Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times! These cookies are a mouth watering Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi, but it is also similar to some Indian sweets prepared with the same ingredients.

 

Photo Credits: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 
Notes:

 

Readymade ghee is available in Indian grocery stores or online. But it can be easily prepared at home.

 

To prepare ghee, melt unsalted butter and allow it to simmer at a low setting. Allow the milk solids settled at the bottom of the pan to toast to a light brown. Strain the light golden liquid ghee from the top.

 

Roasted chickpea flour is available at some Persian/Middle eastern/Indian stores or online.

 

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios
 
Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios - Buttery soft, delicate, crumbly, gluten free cardamom scented cookies for festive and all times!
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Persian
Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup ghee* or light olive oil
  • ¼ cup light olive oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 to 2 ¼ cups roasted chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sliced pistachios
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degree F.
  2. Combine the melted ghee, oil, sugar and cardamom. Then add the roasted chickpea flour and mix well. (You can also make your own flour by processing the roasted chickpeas in a Vitamix or a food processor).
  3. If using ½ cup sugar you may need about 2 ¼ cups chickpea flour. And If using ¾ cup confectioner's sugar then 2 cups of chickpea flour would be needed.
  4. The dough may be a bit crumbly or dry but it works. Take a smooth stainless steel tablespoon measure to shape the cookies.
  5. Place a few pieces of pistachios in the center of the tablespoon measure. Next fill up the tablespoon with the dough and pack it really well using your fingers.
  6. Carefully scoop out the cookie dough and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet, with the circular side and pistachios facing up.
  7. Make sure to space the cookies at least one inch apart. Bake for about 14 to 18 minutes until slightly golden brown. You will notice a delicate cracking on the surface when the cookies are well baked.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool very well. Carefully transfer the cookies to a serving platter or storage container.
  9. Enjoy the Cardamom Chickpea Cookies with Pistachios.
Notes
Readymade ghee is available in Indian grocery stores or online. But it can be easily prepared at home.

To prepare ghee, melt unsalted butter and allow it to simmer at a low setting. Allow the milk solids settled at the bottom of the pan to toast to a light brown. Strain the light golden liquid ghee from the top.

Roasted chickpea flour is available at some Persian/Middle eastern/Indian stores or online.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 90 kcals Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 2 g Unsaturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 8 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 5 mg
 

24 Responses

  1. Hi, these look great and I really want to make them, however I don’t have ghee or light olive oil. Can I use regular olive oil or will it not work? Many thanks

    • Thanks Amy :). Ghee can be prepared using clarified butter as mentioned in the “notes” section. You can also use melted butter instead of that. In place of light olive oil you could use any oil that has more of a neutral flavor and that goes well with cakes/cookies. Such as corn oil for example. Also, please make sure to use “roasted” chickpea flour as mentioned in the recipe.

  2. These look fantastic! I can almost taste the cardamom through the screen 😉

  3. These look absolutely amazing! And, I have all the ingredients, so making this weekend! Yummy!

    • Thank you :). Enjoy! Hope you were able to get the roasted split chickpeas or flour.

  4. These look great! I’ve never made my own chickpea flour.. gotta give that a try!

    • Thanks Kara :). I too usually don’t make chickpea flour. But for these cookies I need roasted chickpea flour which is not always easily available. So in that case, I just buy roasted split chickpeas from an Indian store or online and make a fine flour in a Vitamix or a food processor.

  5. I really need to try these! they sound fantastic and I’m always looking for new ways to use chickpea flour!

    • Thanks Lindsey. And here I have used the roasted chickpea flour.

  6. I haven’t used (or thought of using) cardamon in a cookie before! These look delicious, and super creative. Now I know what to use my full bottle of cardamon for!

    • Thanks Charlene. Cardamom is a favorite flavor for many sweets/desserts in the eastern part of the world. Hope you like it.

  7. These look delicious, I love anything with pistachios!

  8. Love these for gluten free cookies. Yum!

  9. So pretty and festive for the holidays!

  10. These look awesome!

  11. I am literally drooling — I need to make these asap!!

  12. Looks great! I often forget how yummy cardamom is 🙂