Friday, 5 August 2011

Heidi's Buckwheat Cacao Cookies

It's no secret that I'm a Heidi Swanson fan. Isn't everyone?

And you know those recipes that hang around in your head for a while, the ones that you can't shake off but somehow you never get around to trying?


Well this is one of those, except for the last part, of course! I did try them. And they. were. awesome. Yes, really.

You see, I'd never really 'got' the cacao nib thing before. I mean, I'd tried them sprinkled on cereal, oatmeal, and ice cream, and truly tried my best. But I'd never 'got it'. That light bulb moment was elusive. Until this recipe.

But it isn't my recipe. At all. So I'm not even going to post it here. You can go see Heidi for that.

However, I do urge you to give them a try. And to persevere when the dough just feels too sticky, and when it cracks a little when you try to roll it out.

Just trust me. It works.

The buckwheat lends a sandiness to the dough, a silky smoothness. It is also quite sticky and needs to be left in the fridge for a while before baking. But it's worth the effort.

The cacao nibs that I've always found too hard and crunchy before were beautifully roasted and gave the crumbly butter cookies a good crunch. If you're a fan of chocolate coated coffee beans then you'll know what I mean....in fact....perhaps that's my next variation - coffee beans. But anyway, I digress.

Cacao nibs - and the daintiest, crunchiest cookies in the world

If you can't get hold of cacao nibs or you just don't want to, then add some good quality dark chocolate instead.

Just make the cookies.  Use a very small cutter if you want to be extra fancy. Why are things always so brilliant in minature?

And then enjoy them. Preferrably with a cup of coffee....

36 comments:

  1. Doesn't matter who's recipe it is! They look delicious and thank you for sharing!

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  2. The cookies sound very good. I probably would use the chocolate. I would probably eat about 10!! They do look good. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  3. They look delicious! Don't you just love when you find a terrific recipe? Heading to the recipe site now...

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  4. These sound delicious! I love cacao nibs and their earthy chocolatyness! They would pair well with whole grains like buckwheat, and I can see how these would work well! I would love some with tea ;)!

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  5. How pretty! And they look tasty!

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  6. I just woke up, and these cookies would be perfect for my breakfast!
    Greetings from Italy

    http://thetwinkycake.blogspot.com/

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  7. Thanks for the link, I have some cacao nibs waiting to be used. Unique and tasty!

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  8. I love these little cookies. Thanks for the directions to Heidi's.

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  9. These look delicious! I love the crunch and bitterness of cacao nibs.

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  10. Cool! I love baking recipes that use unusual ingredients and Buckwheat has always been something I've wanted to try. Definitely going to look at this one, Ruth!

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  11. Sounds a little frustrating re rolling the dough out but the end result belies that. Looks great!

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  12. I believe in Heidi too. I would love to try those cookies! It really does look so awesome, crunchy, and tasty. Ah I can't wait to have some!

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  13. What a lovely recipe, Ruth! Yes, me too. I have so many recipes in my 'to try list' that I've lost count :)

    Lovely clicks!

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  14. These looks so lovely and the little ones are really cute!

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  15. Now I'm definitely buying some buckwheat flour and going to try these. Your photos are superb.

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  16. Those little cookies are just adorable! I love that cookie cutter.

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  17. I've come across cacao nibs once in a while but it's really hard to chop. I love the crunch and the lightness of texture tho.
    The cookie looks like a classic ay?!

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  18. Just picked up some cacao nibs because I happened to stumble upon them the other day. Have never used them before. But this looks like the perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing it Ruth....your cookies are so pretty! : )

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  19. I do love Heidi's recipes - these look gorgeous!

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  20. I love her blog and now I think I may love these too!

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  21. I love the way you made these, wonderful combination of flavors and plus they look adorable!

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  22. Love the texture buckwheat gives cookies!

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  23. These look great as does your blog, thanks for stopping by Foodness Gracious and glad to follow back..
    thanks...

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  24. Yes, we are all Heidi Swanson fans in my hood! Glad you found this yummy cookie recipe, I really must try it too. Now, where to get my hands on cacao nibs...? PS. Your dainty cookies are the bee's knees!

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  25. Hi Ruth, I've never even heard of cacao nibs (where have I been??) but am inspired to find them now. Thanks for sharing, these look delicious :)

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  26. Great post, the cookies look great and I love that you made mini ones too. I like everything better in miniature. x

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  27. Thanks for highlighting these! I hadn't seen them on her site. I love her baking recipes with the use of whole grains.

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  28. I bought some cacao nibs but I think maybe they had gone bad because they were very very bitter, or is that how they taste? It's hard to know when you buy something and haven't tried it anywhere. I wish we could eat each others cookies by reaching into the screen, just a small sample. Anyway these look and sound delicious !

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  29. Joanna - yes they can be a little bitter, and quite hard, kind of like coffee beans. They are perfect in these cookies though - promise!

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  30. I love the idea of making tiny little cookies - they fit perfectly on a saucer next to a cup! Buckwheat flour in cookies sounds ingenious too!

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  31. These cookies sound delish! And your experience at Le Cordon Bleu seems like it was phenomenal! :D

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  32. These look so good and the little ones are very cute. I've made cocoa nibbed shortbread before, which was delicious, but am now really excited by the use of buckwheat. I've only ever used buckwheat in cakes as part of my general flour mix, so will be trying these for sure.

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  33. Sounds awesome! I have been looking for buckwheat recipes, so this is perfect!

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  34. The 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

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