Dark Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Sea Salt

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cocoa nib cookies

These are rich chocolatey cookies, but not too sweet and I know you must be thinking the salt is crazy, but it makes these cookies.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon fine or coarse sea salt
  • 12 tablespoon (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and cocoa powder.  Mix the nibs and sea salt in a separate small bowl.

In a stand mixer, cream the margarine and sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low; add about 1/2 of the flour-cocoa mixture and mix well, then add the remaining flour-cocoa mixture, stopping as necessary to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 to 2 minutes. Stop the motor and fold in the nibs-salt mixture by hand until well distributed. The dough will be sandy and fairly stiff.

Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin, or flatten the dough and place it between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap; roll the dough into a square 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 7 minutes, then rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back; bake for 8 minutes or until their aroma is apparent and the cookie bottoms are crisp. Let them cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

STORE: In an airtight container for up to 1 week. The dough can be refrigerated, well wrapped, for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months.

Nutrition information is for one cookie.