Have you jumped on the cocoa nib bandwagon yet? If not, I urge you to find one to hop onto because cocoa nibs are crazy good.
They are the sort of product I can imagine making claims like “swirl them into your morning oatmeal to curb your chocolate cravings all day LONG!” or “toss them into your favorite salad instead of your usual boring pecans for an unexpected burst of flavor!” or “perfect for snacking – enjoy them by the handful straight out of the bag!”
Every time I hear this phrase “by the handful straight out of the bag” as an advertisement for snacking I always think to myself, isn’t “by the handful” the definition of snacking? How is that an acceptable hook? When have you ever put four chips on a plate and settled down in front of the TV for a nice long afternoon of enjoyable snacking. I can guarantee never.
Cocoa nibs are an exception because I am telling you that I could probably eat them by the handful straight out of the bag. Cocoa nibs are what you think healthy chocolate should taste like. I mean we all know we should have a thimble full of red wine and a small square of dark chocolate everyday for the antioxidants but let’s just say that a handful of cocoa nibs makes the açaí berry look like a Taco Bell.
All jokes aside, they are wonderful in baking. They are not too sweet, and almost a cross between a chocolate chip and a nut if you can wrap your brain around that. I made these super simple oatmeal cookies and replaced the chocolate chips with cocoa nibs and now they are practically guilt free. Just kidding! But they are chewy in the middle, crispy on the outside, full of oaty goodness and bursting with chocolate flavor!
But guess what! You have a chance to win your very own cocoa nibs plus a whole bunch of other fun stuff. Because summer is just about, almost – please don’t say it is so – over I decided I should probably give away some free stuff so we can all get excited for fall.
But double guess what? I am giving away not one but TWO of these gift bags! Each includes:
- the BAKINGMAKESFRIENDS tote bag (!!!)
- one 8-ounce tin of cocoa nibs
- a super cute cookie cutter set I found in Prague this summer
- a wooden spoon from France (one can never have enough)
- one bottle of essie nail polish in a list red (or my favorite color in case you were wondering)
- sparkling sugar (because I have been talking it up lately and it makes everything fancy)
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post.
The comments will close on Tuesday, September* 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Good luck!
*OMG! How is it September already?!?
Oatmeal Cocoa Nib Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 113 grams) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
1/2 cup (112 grams) sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) vanilla
1 cup (125 grams) flour
1 cup (140 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1 cup (120 grams) cocoa nibs
Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa nibs. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in several additions until the flour is incorporated. Portion out dough using a small scoop and place on the prepared sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned. Transfer to a rack to let cool completely.
Nitty gritty. Two winners will be selected. The giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers. Please leave a valid email address and I will contact the winners to coordinate shipping details. This giveaway is sponsored by Butter Me Up Brooklyn. One entry (comment) per person please. The comments will close on Tuesday, September 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Winners will be contacted and announced on Wednesday, September 5th by 11:59 p.m. (EST). The winners will be randomly selected through blog magic.