Everyone loves cookies. And how can you not love this mini, crunchy dessert you can eat with your hands and dip in your coffee, your milk or your tea? Cookies can make a child happy and can cheer up a friend, not to mention they come in all sorts of flavors, textures, sizes, and shapes.

There is a cookie for every personality and predilection, every mood and motivation, and today we bring you a soft and chewy, delicious cookie recipe with chocolate and couscous that will delight all your senses and will leave you wanting countless more.

Grab your ingredients and get ready for a melt in the mouth cookie adventure.

Recipe by Sara Bonaccorsi


Here is how to prepare the couscous chocolate cookies

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Serves: 20 – 25 cookies


  • 75 ml of lukewarm water
  • 100 grams of cane sugar
  • 200 grams of integral flour
  • 5 grams of baking soda
  • 30 grams of Martino Integral Couscous hydrated
  • 20 grams of cocoa powder
  • 60 ml of seeds oil
  • 20 grams of chocolate nibs + as needed for topping


Hydrate the couscous
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add 30ml of water.

When the water is simmering, remove from the heat and sprinkle 30 grams of Martino Integral Couscous. Make sure to distribute the couscous evenly and leave it aside for 4-5 minutes until all the water is completely absorbed.

Now the couscous should be fully hydrated. Fluff it with a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light, fluffy texture.

Preparing the cookies dough
In a large mixing bowl pour 100 grams of cane sugar and 75 ml of lukewarm water and mix well with a spoon. Make sure to mix until the sugar has melted inside the water.

Next, add 200 grams of integral flour and 5 grams of baking soda. Again mix to obtain an amalgamated mixture. Add the hydrated couscous, 20 grams of cocoa powder and 60 ml of seeds oil.

You can now remove the mixture from the bowl and toss it on a floured surface. Begin forming the dough with your hands. Now it is time to add you chocolate nibs. Remember you can always experiment with dry fruits, nuts or even caramels. Continue doughing.

Shaping the cookies
Now you are ready to shape these exquisite little treats. Roll the couscous dough into small balls with your hands and place them one by one in the baking tray.

A good rule of thumb, when placing dough on cookie sheet, is to allow sufficient space between cookies, approximately one to one and half inches.

Before you put the tray in the oven and after having laid the couscous dough in the baking sheet, sprinkle chocolate nibs on top of each cookie and then press the dough balls one by one gently with your fingers to give them a cookie shape.

Ready to bake
The couscous biscuits are now ready to bake. Place the tray with cookies in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Remove the tray when the biscuits are firm and evenly baked.

Serve with coffee, tea or milk!

Tips and tricks

Salt: yes even in sweet cookies a pinch of salt helps balance and add flavors to the cookies, don’t forget to add a very small amount.

Baking soda: If your baking soda is old it will affect the cookies. Make sure to test it before adding it to the recipe. Test in a bowl, baking soda will bubble when you add vinegar.

Bring in a playful cookie serving tray. Place your cookies and serve them with hot coffee to delight your friends. Place a couple of the delicious couscous cookies next to a glass full of fresh milk to elevate your children’s’ breakfast. Grab a couple at work for a healthy snack.

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Now that you know the basics of this couscous cookie recipe you can add all sorts of toppings and ingredients to your cookies. Add melting chewy caramel, nuts, spices, and dried fruits. You decide! In any case, leave us a comment to tell us all about your fantastic cookie-making experience.

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