Posts Tagged ‘cookies’


Cacao Nibs you ask? 

You betcha! These guys are like a mix between roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.  Crunchy but tender. Seriously good.

Gather up:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time beating for 1 minute on medium speed between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the flour mixture to the butter/ egg mixture.  Beat on low speed until the mixture just comes together.  Add the oats, walnuts, cacao nibs, and chocolate chips.  Beat on low or by hand until everything is well mixed. 

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet(s) that are lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Makes about 5 or 6 dozen, so make sure you share!



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This is my October book choice from Storey Publishing

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Gwen Steege

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a chocolate chip cookie truly perfect, but with 101 recipes, you are sure to find a favorite, or two, or three!

The 101 chocolate chip cookie recipes in this book were selected from the contestants that entered the Orchards Inn national chocolate chip cookie contest in 1987. From this collection you can find, or create, your favorite chocolate chip cookie.

This paper back book has two parts. The first part tells the history of chocolate and of the chocolate chip cookie. It also has some basic information about baking chocolate chip cookies Then the rest of the book contains a categorized listing of the recipes. Included in the recipes is the original Nestle Toll House recipe – the first chocolate chip cookie.

The book has two color print and an occasional generic cookie photo (none are from any of the actual recipes).The recipes are presented one per page making it easy to read and convenient to lay the book open and bake.

This book can be a great resource for a baker of any skill level. I recommend adding it to your kitchen library collection. Or giving the book as a gift, along with an empty container. hint 🙂

My thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Power up with these awesome cookies.

Take some outdoors and enjoy the day.


1 1/4 cup flour (I use a combination of white & wheat)

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup oatmeal 

1 teaspoon baking soda

dash salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup light brown sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1 egg

1 very ripe banana

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

Cream brown sugar and butter with a spoon until fluffy. Add banana and egg; beat with a fork until blended. Stir in the dry ingredients (flour, coconut, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon). Stir in the raisins and walnuts.

This time I added a little bit of my homemade granola (ground in processor). YUM!

Bake 325 for 12-15 minutes.

How awesome is that?!

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