Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel

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Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel012613002PSEI was pretty cookie’d out after the Christmas Cookie Countdown but I knew that wouldn’t last for long.  Who can resist a warm home-baked cookie.  Certainly not me.  I have my list of old favorites that I make over and over again but it’s always nice to add a new-comer to my tried and true family of recipes.  This cookie definitely made it onto the list.
Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel012613003PSEMy sister-in-law Sherry always has my best baking interest at heart.  In fact, she is the reason I write this blog.  She pushed and pushed me and never gave up until I finally capitulated and gave birth to Sifting Focus.  I will always be grateful to her for inspiring me to journal my baking adventures.  A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined how much fun it would be, how many people I would meet, and how much joy I would derive from blogging.

An ongoing frustration that Sherry and I struggle with is that we live hundreds of miles apart.  Although we see each other fairly frequently, it’s not the same as living close enough to enjoy the kind of casual visits sisters share at each other’s kitchen tables.   In a perfect world, she would live next door to me and we would constantly be traipsing across each other’s lawns for chats and coffee talk about our husbands and children.  But we have made the best of the physical distance that separates us by having long – very long – phone chats when time allows.  I relish these calls and have found that sometimes they are even more intimate than our face to face time.  Sometimes we solve the problems of the world, but often times our conversations are just about the day to day stuff that fills the gap in between visits to see one another.
Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies Recipe
In a catch up call a couple of weeks ago, Sherry asked me if I owned The Grand Central Baking Book.  What?  Another baking book missing from my collection?  Considering how well she knows me and my style of baking, if she was recommending it then I needed to check it out.  She was right.  The book is filled with recipes for good ole, all-american baking; pies, cakes, quick breads, and COOKIES!  I got to work immediately testing the book’s recipe for Cocoa Nib Cookies.  Sea salt paired with caramel remains a favorite combination in the world of recipe creation but I have never tried it as a compliment to chocolate.  This cookie lent itself beautifully to a sprinkling of coarse salt before going into the oven.  I also thought white chocolate would offer a sweet balance to the bitterness of the cocoa nibs, and it did.  The final result is an all-around buttery, crunchy, chocolatey, and pleasantly salty cookie.
Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel Recipe
This recipe yields two logs of dough.  I baked one log and put the other into the freezer.  I found my self-discipline entirely challenged and had a rough time eating a modest number when they came out of the oven.  I was glad the second log was tucked into the freezer.  If I can harness some self-control and limit the number of slices I cut from the roll, I can bake just a couple cookies at a time whenever the craving stikes.  Yeah…

Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel012613008PSECocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel RecipeThanks Sher for the suggestion and for knowing me so well.  Thanks for your sisterly friendship.  Love You!


Source:  The Grand Central Baking Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson

9 thoughts on “Cocoa Nib Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Fleur de Sel

  1. In general, cookies are a take it or leave it sweet for me.

    THIS cookie, however, is the Bomb ! I love the sweet/salty combination and the crunchy goodness of the cookie. Wow.

    I don’t even bake, and I would make this one ! (Especially since I can slice a piece of the secret roll in the freezer and just turn on the oven).

  2. Oh to read about nagging put so eloquently! Glad you got the cookbook. It seemed right up your alley. I love the freezer suggestion. I had chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer – it never made it to the cookie sheet. Anonymous family members ate it up beforehand.

    One of the things I always dream about are morning chats with you over coffee and a baked good (yours). It could still happen. Life is full of change and possibilities. Love you too.

    • Life certainly is. In the meantime, we’ll continue to make the best of a long-distance relationship.

  3. Can’t wait to make these for Friday night dessert! They look so addicting. Lovin the pictures with the metal straws! The composition is amazing!

    Great as always!

    Will you please make them for my Bat Mitzvah?

  4. I love getting new cookbooks! Yay, for new cookie recipes. This one looks delicious~ 🙂

    Also, your relationship with your sister-in-law is so sweet!

  5. Hi! I just made these and they are delicious. I am wondering though- do you pull them at 20 min? I did mine for about 19 but I am not sure if I should be going for a cookie with more shortbread/snap. Mine had that sandiness on the edge but retained definite chew in the center. Thoughts? Are they intended to be moreso completely crunchy?

    • I prefer mine with a crunchy bite to them. It really comes down to personal preference. If you make them again, experiment by keeping one tray of cookies in the oven for an additional minute or two. Then you can make a comparison – AND enjoy them both ways. Thanks for trying the recipe. Glad you liked them. It is truly one of my favorite cookies.