Thursday, October 16, 2008

Nibby Buckwheat Cookies

sept 18 158

Do you have craving for certain type of food when the season changes? I crave for cookies this time of the year. The warm cookies, fresh from the oven, plated beside a cup of steaming hot coffee is a perfect companion while I read. There's an undescribable comfort in the process of baking cookies on a chilly day. Perhaps it's the endearing warmth radiated from the oven, or the heady aroma that wafts through the room when the cookies are almost done. Or the sense of satisfaction, having made something from scratch in a short span of time. Or the fake sense of self reassurance, of having done something useful (and edible) after hibernating for a long while.

The nibby buckwheat cookies is from one of my favorite authors- Alice Medrich's latest book- Pure Dessert. When I first read about it on Veronica's blog, I know I want to make it. But I sat on it longer than I should. I bought the required buckwheat flour months ago with the sole purpose of making these cookies, yet I procrastinated. Maybe I was hoping OCT's playmobils will come alive at night, while I was sleeping, and declared "let's make something awesome together, we can make the most delicious buckwheat cacao nibs cookies ever known to this household!" and the next morning, I was woken up by the smell of freshly baked cookies.That would be nice. That is exactly what those playmobils lying in the corner of my bedroom should be doing - be useful.

buckwheat cocoa nib cookies


Before you think I have gone crazy and shut this window close, let me say one last thing- make these cookies! They are awesome. Bake it, seriously.You can't buy them anywhere. And even if you have friends who are bakers, like me, forget about them. They wouldn't share with you, even if they have every good intention to. Like I did, I baked a batch, almost handed them to OCT lab, but I changed my mind after I slept on it. And guess where all the cookies went in the end?

If you don't want to buy the buckwheat flour, I find these cookies to be equally excellent. They are great with walnut, and I have made them a couple of times already. In case you are wondering about the fate of the remaining buckwheat flour, its destiny lies in the Nibby Buckwheat Cookies. Maybe I will try to share some next time. :)

Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies
adopted from Alice Medrich's Pure Dessert

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cacao nibs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk together all purpose flour and buckwheat flours in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, with the back of a large spoon or with a electric mixer, beat the butter with sugar and salt for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy but not fluffy. Mix in the nibs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Do not overmix.

Form the dough into a 12 x 2 inch log. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough, and slice the desired pieces to have fresh cookies when the craving strikes.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the dough log into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place the cookies at least 1.5inches apart on a baking sheet.

Bake until the cookies are just beginning to color around the edges, 12- 14 minutes. Cool the cookies in the pan on the rack. The cookies are delicious fresh, but get better with time. They can be stored in an airtight container,for up to 1 month.

make 48 cookies.

18 comments:

Manggy said...

I'm hesitant to use buckwheat flour because it reminds me of buckwheat soba for some reason, haha :) But I forgot about its other uses, like in crepes! And these cookies do look good and wholesome!

Maria said...

I am always in the mood for a cookies. These look fabulous!

Deborah said...

Yes, I could go for some cookies right now!! I've never used buckwheat flour, but these look too good to pass up!

Snooky doodle said...

These look yummy. Hope I ll find buckwheat flour. Wish to try them. I love the smell of freshly baked goodies in the morning. ahhhhhhh its so nice

Clumbsy Cookie said...

These cookies are so great looking! I have a bag of buckweath flour in my pantry that is sreaming to be used, the only thing is that I can't get nibbs here easily. But I'm tempted to do them with dark chocolate little pieces.

Dana McCauley said...

That sounds like a great flavour combo - buckwheat is seriously under used as an ingredient, isn't it?

And as for craving cookies, I have that problem in every season!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Buckwheat? Check. Nibs? Check. I'm off to bake!

Farhan said...

I've never used buckwheat flour either. The cookies look fab. And I recognize that spoon!

Alexa said...

I am always happy to find another use for my buckwheat flour. I make breads and crepes with it on a regular basis. Now, I have something else yummy to try. Thanks!

Food For Tots said...

Your cookies look so delicious! I am wondering how long do I need to learn to reach your baking skill. I really admire your great shots!

Debbie said...

I am a cookie addict!!! I love all cookies and yours look delish....

Nazarina A said...

The chocolate Gods have smiled upon us, giving us so many different variations of cacao! Your cookies are performing so many different duties, tasty and healthy being at the very top!

Helene said...

I love buckwheat flour and just use it to make crêpes. This is such a good idea to make cookies with it. I don't reminder seing this recipe in her book. I'll go back have a look at it.

Mirchi said...

Ive been looking for something to use my buckwheat flour in. Good one!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ooh, those look so good! And I love the food styling.

Lisa said...

If you can spare some buckwheat flour, I would suggest making Alice Medrich's buckwheat shortcakes. I made them earlier this year and they were amazing. These cookies are next on my list though :)

havecakewilltravel.com said...

you know I now have to get my filthy paws on some of that buckwheat flour to make these beauties, don't you? excellent!

sandrine said...

Yep! They look and are delicious. I made some last week and added some Tonka beans in it. Buckwheat is just so healthy for you. Gluten Free!

I have a crepes business company and we use the buckwheat for savory but sweet is awesome

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