Chocolate Cookies with Cocoa Nibs and Lime

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I made these cookies on a whim the other night after looking at some very fancy chocolates online made by some hip and trendy chocolatier in Paris. One of them was chocolate and lime and as I saw it I thought, “Well that seems intriguing! I do believe I’ll head to the store and pick up some limes and try that out as a cookie. And you know what? I bet it would be even better with some cocoa nibs!” After a quick stop at the market and a small rendezvous in the kitchen I tasted what had to be one the most flavorful cookies I’d ever eaten. I brought them to Elise and her parents and all agreed that this cookie is fantastic. It’s floral and dark, with a taste that reminds you of nights on the beach with friends. A perfect cookie for dipping into a chilled glass of lemonade or limeade.

For those who aren’t familiar with cocoa nibs they’re pieces of roasted, crushed up cocoa beans. They’re fragrant, dark, bitter bordering astringent and have a pure taste of raw chocolate with notes of coffee. Plus, they have a delightful crunch much like a nut. You cannot substitute chocolate chips for cocoa nibs. Do yourself a favor a buy some at the store or online; once you try them you’ll be in love, using them in everything from cookies to ice cream, to smoothies and granola.

Chocolate Cookies with Cocoa Nibs and Lime Recipe

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  • Yield: Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup of cocoa nibs
  • Zest of one large lime

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugars together for about two minutes at medium speed or until well incorporated and light in color. Add the egg, cream, and vanilla extract until well incorporated, about a minute. Be sure to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl halfway through.

2 Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture slowly, and beating at medium speed, stopping once all of it is incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in the cocoa nibs and lime zest.

3 Take small spoonfuls of the dough and roll into one inch sized balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Perfect for dipping in homemade limeade or lemonade.

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  • Kristi

    I just made these! They are fantastic!

    Now, is there a way to substitute the butter for something healthier?
    (I have a feeling that I will be making these again…)

    Nope, butter it is. I think when you make chocolate cookies you just best resign yourself to calories and fat. ;) ~Garrett

  • Mike

    This recipe looks unbelievable!!!! Plus it’s made with cacao nibs one of my favorite food (and one of the healthiest on the planet!)

    Peace
    Mike

  • Virginia

    I have made these cookies A LOT. First, I did not like the idea of the lime so I omitted it. Second, I didn’t have cocoa nibs so I roasted pecans and chopped them finely in a food processor. Third, since cocoa nibs (I imagine) are kinda nutty and deeply chocolate, I add instant espresso powder. Since there is no lime, the salt becomes a really important ingredient (I found out the hard way when I forgot to add it). When I made them again, I realized after rolling them into balls that I forgot the salt AGAIN! So, I got adventurous and decided to roll them lightly in kosher salt. BOY! Made all the difference rolling them rather than just adding the salt. These cookies are divine no matter how you make them! They are like brownie cookies. Which is why the cream is also important. If you are going to make these, use the cream! I think you will notice a difference. Thanks for a great recipe that has made for many happy mouths :)

  • Emily

    A very sophisticated cookie! They came together really well. Would probably be great with tea, too!

  • Yoko

    I tried making these tonight. I’m not sure what I did wrong (probably because I added the juice of one small lime?) but the cookies came out looking awful.

    Also, I tried to make then gluten-free by using almond flour instead of regular flour, but I have a feeling it was the lime juice (the acid maybe?) rather than the almonds that were the culprit. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    Anytime you change the recipe you’re going to get a different end result. If the cookies don’t look like the photo it probably is because of the almond meal and lime juice. However, if you switched all the flour for almond flour then my guess is that that is your culprit, not the lime juice. You’re probably better off using a recipe that’s already gluten free and adding lime to it. ~Garrett

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