Cacoa nib..ling

After a testosterone-filled Saturday, I felt a female/domestic pull on my heart the remainder of the weekend. Sunday consisted of church, shopping, grabbing sushi, cleaning, writing snail mail to relatives and baking cookies. Slap on the handcuffs and call me Martha!

Ever since reading about cacao nibs last year, I’ve been itching to try them out in a recipe. For those of you who aren’t following, cacao nibs are the raw, roasted and hulled bean pieces that we get chocolate from. They’re definitely more bitter than normal chocolate and are reminiscent of coffee beans-sort of like dark chocolate covered coffee beans if I had to describe them.

I picked them up along with some ghiradelli dark chocolate morsels with the idea of super chocolatey chip cookies. In the end I decided to add a kick with just a bit of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Here’s how it went down:

Spicy Chocolate Nibblets

Time: 15 minutes prep time, 15 minutes baking

Yields: 50 medium size cookies

Difficulty: Strong wrists for stirring


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 overflowing tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2-1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup cacao nibs
  • Sea salt


  • Combine sugar, brown sugar and butter, mix until soft
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing between
  • While mixing, add vanilla, baking soda and salt
  • Add flour one cup at a time
  • Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts and cacao nibs
  • Transfer to cookie sheet using a small spoon*
  • Bake at 325 for 13-15 minutes

*I also sprinkled sea salt on top of each cookie before putting them in the oven

These cookies were described as a mix between a chocolate chip and a gingersnap. If that sounds a little too spicy or radicle for you, try leaving out the nutmeg and extra sea salt. My only wish is that these would have come out a little fluffier and thicker.

I probably shouldnt have taste tested, but what the heck? Baking makes the top ten list of “things you shouldn’t do with a gluten intolerance”. Cookies were never really my thing, but the dough is irresistible. If I were smarter, I would have recognized that raw cookie dough normally gives you a stomach ache and that coupled with digestion issues it’s borderline lethal. Point taken for next time, maybe I’ll just stick to cleaning up what’s left on my fingertips.

“There’s no such thing as a failed experiment, only unexpected outcomes” -Richard Buckminster Fuller


What now?
  • Feel like you just can’t get your cookies to come out just right? This website is a great resource for diagnosing the problem simply by the way your cookie looks (too much flour, over-mixed, 25 degrees too hot, etc). 
  • Listen to “Just a Game” by Birdy from the Hunger Games soundtrack. She has such a hauntingly beautiful voice
  • It’s getting to be sandal weather here, and nothing ruins a great pair of shoes like nasty feet. Ladies, read up and put your best foot forward. Please.

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