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Cacao Nib Cookies
Posted By Kelly On February 11, 2014 @ 11:30 am In Baking,Cookies,Featured Articles,Recipes,Top 3 | 4 Comments
Love, as they say, is in the air.
At least that is what candy, greeting card, teddy bear, pajama. and rose producers would like you to believe. It is nearly Valentine’s Day, the greeting card holiday that has convinced most people that the only acceptable way to express their love is through the purchase of overpriced cards, heart-shaped boxes of mediocre candy, and roses. As you might have guessed, I am not a fan of the commercialism. However, I think Valentine’s Day has some merit if approached from the right perspective. For me a good Valentine’s Day gift would be something homemade, or something were there was some effort put into the production of the gift. Honestly, you bake me a batch of cookies – my favorite homemade treat – and you can be sure I will know how much you care!
These cookies are just plain good. You could make them for any occasion (Christmas comes to mind, as do parties of all kinds), and you can freeze these after baking so you always have a fancy treat on hand. For me they are perfect for a mid-morning snack with some strong coffee, or after dinner crumbled over ice cream. This recipe is a variation on Bruna Kakor, a personal favorite of mine. This time I added some finely chopped chocolate and cacao nibs to add a subtle chocolate flavor to the buttery flavored cookies. Because I wanted to up the ‘oomph’ factor, I added some vanilla and substituted half of the sugar with light brown sugar. It did the trick! The recipe calls for golden syrup, but if you can’t find it you can substitute honey. That said, try and find the golden syrup if you can because it really gives the cookies a unique flavor that honey just does not create. If you are worried about the golden syrup languishing, unused, in your pantry please note you can use it where you would use honey or maple syrup. On its own it has a complex, almost buttery, flavor. I love it drizzled over buttered biscuits, grilled peaches, and ice cream.
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