What Can I Do With Cacao Nibs?

Good Questions

Q: On a whim, I purchased a 1/3 lb. bag of organic cacao nibs. They smell delicious; almost savory.

I've had them in chocolates before, but other than making my own, what can I use them for?

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Editor: Cacao nibs (sometimes called cocoa nibs) are one of our favorite little extras for the baking cupboard. They are a great substitute (in moderation) for nuts or sweet mix-ins like chocolate chips, adding a grown-up bitterness and savory crunch to cookies and cakes. We also really like to use them as a garnish; try sprinkling a few on top of a cupcake or cake.

Here are a few other recipes that show off cacao nibs:

David Lebovitz's Black-Bottom Cupcakes
Strawberry Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs
Yummy-Nib Brownies
The Best Chewy Chocolate Cookies Ever (& Low-Fat Too)

Readers, how do you like to use cacao nibs?

Related: Online Chocolate Source: Chocosphere

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