'cocoa nibs' on Serious Eats

Serious Chocolate: Crispy Cocoa-Nib Tea Cookies

Spending as much time around chocolate and candy as I do has changed my threshold level for it. Not to say I don't still love both with a fiery passion and crave them all the time (I totally do) but the ferocious sort of "I-must-put-this-in-my-face-right-now-as-fast-as-I-possibly-can" feeling has lessened somewhat over the years. Not so with cookies. More

What to Do with Cocoa Nibs

They're showing up in more places than ever: baked in fancy restaurant desserts, folded into ice cream, and even lining the shelves of grocery stores. But their exact origin and nature is still something of a mystery to many people. I'm talking about cocoa nibs. What are they? Bits of fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cacao bean. They're extremely good for you, and have an intense chocolatey taste, but aren't sweet at all. More

Cook the Book: Chocolate Chunkocino Cookies

After baking up a batch I realized that there was nothing embarrassing about these cookies, save for their unfortunate name. The dough is not that different from the Toll House version, just a bit more brown sugar and less white. The cacao nibs and ground coffee lend a wonderfully adult bitter richness. And the extended chill in the fridge makes for cookies that are nice and crunchy on the outside, but chewy and just underdone enough in the center to make them a guilty pleasure. More

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