Magical chocolate chip cookie cake

Magical Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | A Dash of Compassion

The first dessert I ever made for my husband was a batch of chocolate chip cookies, delivered to his doorstep in a little red gift bag with a note that said, “Happy Valentine’s Day from one singleton to another.”

That was eight years ago and just a couple of weeks after our first date, but at that point we were nothing more than two people who knew each other through mutual friends and who were somewhat attracted to each other. Our first date was short but sweet as we met for a Sunday matinee and then said goodbye with an awkward hug. I had no idea where things were going. He was probably dating other people.

Magical Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | A Dash of Compassion

But it was Valentine’s Day and all I could think about was him. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was home alone, so I baked up a batch of my best cookies and hopped on the streetcar in the middle of a snowstorm to get to his apartment before he arrived home from work. I left the gift bag hanging from the door knob of his apartment door and quickly fled the scene.

To this day I swear those cookies were the reason for our second date. So, you can see why cookies in any form remind me of our humble beginnings; of the days when we were young and trying to figure out what the heck we were doing with our lives. Just a month later, he took me to meet his parents and the rest is history.

Magical Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | A Dash of Compassion

About this cake: This chocolate chip cookie cake is magical for a few reasons. Mostly because one of my favourite foods is hidden inside. Yes, chickpeas, because I bought them in bulk and I’ve been making way too much hummus lately. And also because they’re delicious and you won’t even know they’re there. The texture of this cake is somewhere between a cookie and a cake, but mostly a cookie, hence the name, and it’s just fun to serve a gigantic chocolate chip cookie as slices like a cake. And to eat it with ice cream. Enjoy!

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Magical chocolate chip cookie cake

Yield: One 8-inch cake


  • 1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the chickpeas on the pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until dry to the touch and a little toasty. Remove from oven (keep the oven on) and allow to cool.
  3. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, sunflower seed butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Process for several minutes until well combined and fairly smooth (it's okay if there are small bits of chickpea skins left).
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the almond meal, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the food processor and process until a thick cookie dough forms.
  5. Press the dough into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over top and gently press them into the dough. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely. Cut into triangles like a cake and serve.


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20 Responses to “Magical chocolate chip cookie cake”

  1. Cadry — February 14, 2016 @ 9:46 am

    What a cute story! I like what you wrote on the tag to go with the cookies as well. You played it cool after one date, but still got across that you were thinking of him. Clearly it worked! :) That cookie cake looks fantastic. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Nicole — February 14, 2016 @ 9:53 am

      Thank you, Cadry! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! :)

  2. Gena — February 14, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

    This cake is lovely, Nicole — as is the touching story that accompanies it. Happy Valentine’s Day to you guys! <3

    • Nicole — February 16, 2016 @ 10:22 am

      Thank you, Gena! I hope you and Steven had a wonderful Valentine’s Day too.

  3. Sarah | Well and Full — February 15, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

    Beautiful words, Nicole :) And this cake does indeed look magical! :D

  4. Alissa — February 17, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    I couldn’t click on the Facebook link FAST ENOUGH when I saw the words “Chocolate chip cookie cake”!

    The Adored Life

    • Nicole — February 19, 2016 @ 10:11 am

      Ha, amazing. Thanks, Alissa!

  5. Kathleen maRTIN — February 18, 2016 @ 10:50 pm


    • Nicole — February 19, 2016 @ 10:11 am

      Hi Kathleen. I don’t recommend substituting the oat and almond flours for chickpea flour as they have completely different qualities. For example, almond flour adds softness and moisture while chickpea flour is quite dry and sucks up moisture. You can try reducing the coconut sugar but I wouldn’t omit it altogether because it adds to the flavour of this cake. Hope that helps!

  6. Aaron — February 19, 2016 @ 12:12 pm


    Can I use flour in place of the canned chickpeas? If so what kind of flour?

    • Nicole — February 19, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

      No, sorry! But you can probably use a different kind of bean, like navy or cannellini.

  7. Leanne — February 19, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

    Would you have any suggestions for an almond flour substitute that I could experiment with? I’ve used ground pumpkin seeds in the past in some recipes. Do you think that would work?

    • Nicole — February 20, 2016 @ 9:28 am

      Hi Leanne. Can you do other ground nuts, like hazelnuts or cashews? If so, you can try that. Or ground sunflower seeds might work and would pair nicely with the sunflower seed butter. Good luck!

  8. Julie Yates — February 24, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    My question is – does it taste as good as it looks?! Hope so!

  9. Amanda — March 24, 2016 @ 11:41 pm

    This looks so yummy! I’ve never used chickpeas in a baked good – I am excited to try this out. Thank you!

  10. Dan — June 13, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh my god! This looks unreal, keep these recipes coming. I might have to try this. Check out my blog at

  11. Sabrina — August 27, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

    Hi! Would I be able to sub in regular flour? This looks great!

    • Nicole — August 28, 2018 @ 11:44 am

      Hi Sabrina. I wouldn’t recommend it because all flours have different qualities. Regular flour is very different from almond and oat flour.

  12. Kendall Phillips — February 26, 2019 @ 11:08 am

    Do you have an idea of nutritional value? I’m going to be making this for a class that I teach and wanted to compare the nutritional value of these to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

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