Cacao nibs are the most rustic type of cocoa found in the commercial world and so they have the most intense cocoa flavour. Cacao nibs are raw chocolate, and can be bought in powder or nibs, and are just small pieces of the crushed, dried beans. They are not interfered with in any way – no additives, no processing – so they retain all of their goodness.
In this recipe, the nibs have been caramelised to add another dimension to the cookies. After baking, the caramel melts into the cookies, and the nibs stay crunchy with a sweet caramel aftertaste. The pieces of nuts and nibs need to be very small otherwise, the cookies will crumble!