Sometimes the simple things really are the best.
The other evening I wanted a bite to eat, but not a whole meal -- just a snack.
We had just bought some things at Whole Foods, including some beautiful ripe organic strawberries, some English cheddar with hot peppers and some goat cheese with dill.
I thought they might be good together so, so I cut up a few of the strawberries, and then cut the cheeses into bite-sized chunks about the same size as the strawberry pieces.
Hoo boy! That was one of the best snacks ever! You could do it with any berries and any cheeses -- as we all know, fruit and cheese is a classic combo. This particular combination really worked.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Ingredients1 c flour
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tbsp roasted cacao nibs
1 tsp sea salt
12 Tbsp (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp sugar for rolling
Allow them to cool
If they are too coarse you may break them up with a rolling pin
Beat the sugar into the butter until the mixture is light and fluffy
Add the vanilla and mix in thoroughly
Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll each part into a log about 2" in diameter and flat at each end. Roll the logs in sugar and also coat the ends with sugar, then wrap each in saran wrap and place them in the refrigerator to cool for 2 hours
Bring out of the refrigerator and slice each log into 1/4" slices
Bake in a 325F oven for 15 minutes
Let them cool on the cookie sheet for at least 2 minutes before trying to remove them -- they break very easily when hot
Remove from cookie sheet to a rack to cool completely
I've been considering ways to play with this recipe. One, you could grind the cacao nibs down further, say the texture of coffee grounds -- might be an interesting textural experiment. Two, you could add cinnamon, say a tablespoon or so, to get an Aztec chocolate flavor. Three, you could use coarse salt instead of regular sea salt -- in fact it would be fun to try a few different salts to see what effect they would have. Four, you could get raw or coarse sugar to roll the cookies in, or even add some coarse salt to that coating mixture. Five, you could use a specialty cocoa powder, like a dark chocolate one that I saw at the grocery store.
Well here's how they look when finished:
Today's Simple Tip:Sourbread toast topped with butter and honey, eaten along with a hot cup of your favorite tea. Mmm!
Posted by Linda at 12:55 PM