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Old 01-24-2019, 12:47 AM   #1
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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I found this recipe for Chocolate Brownie Cookies on Bon Apetit’s website. The pic looks wonderful, and I’d love to try making them, but I’d never heard of cacao nibs. I looked them up, so I kinda know what they are, and I checked Sprouts; they carry them. They’re a bit pricey, though, for me. A relatively small amount is almost $8.00.

My questions are: Do these cacao nibs serve a purpose, other than texture and flavor (i.e. will they not turn out right if I omit them), and is there a less expensive substitution?

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Old 01-24-2019, 07:32 AM   #2
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I would leave them out or substitute some miniature chocolate chips or chopped nuts for a little additional flavor and texture.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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I agree - the nibs are not needed BUT some vanilla is and the addition of some chopped walnuts would be lovely.
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:03 PM   #4
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Thanks, Aunt Beaand Janet H for your input! I was so obsessed with the nib thing, I didn’t even notice the absence of vanilla! I’ll add, what, a teaspoon?
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:27 PM   #5
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Why start with a recipe that you have to rework before you can use it? I recommend searching for another recipe.
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:58 PM   #6
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https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...cookies-recipe

Consider also adding some ground almonds - they add flavor depth. My suggestion is reducing the sugar in this recipe to 2 C and then adding 1/2 C ground almonds.

And then 1 C chocolate chips and 1 C chopped walnuts
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:11 AM   #7
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I picked up some nibs fairly cheap quite a while back, but when I used them in a recipe, I really didn't notice anything, either.

I'm amazed at how much they have gone up, considering how little they seemed to add to the brownies. I use most of them now for adding a chocolate flavor to tea. I won't buy them again.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:54 AM   #8
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The cacao nibs may be added to the recipe for the health benefits: Cacao nibs are the raw material used to make both cocoa powder and dark chocolate – so they have similar antioxidant benefits to those two superfoods. That means that cacao nibs are a great source of flavanols, a family of heart-healthy antioxidants that help relax your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:10 PM   #9
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Here's another Brownie cookie recipe>>> https://www.ihearteating.com/brownie...ontainer-20867

Looks good I think I will try them.
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Here's another Brownie cookie recipe>>> https://www.ihearteating.com/brownie...ontainer-20867

Looks good I think I will try them.
These look yummy. Gonna try them! Thanks!
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