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Dark Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Sea Salt


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Dark Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Sea Salt

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.


  • Prep Time : 25 min
  • Cook Time : 15 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min


36 cookies


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


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.


Servings Per Recipe: 36 cookies

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 70
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Total Carbs: 8g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

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