Keep Calm & Eat Chocolate
RATING: WOW Factor – Can’t stop at one. Mind you they are very small, so who could blame you? Little healthy biscuits of yummy nuttiness. My husband thought them boring until I added cacao.
- ½ cup almond meal, 50grams butter, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup finely chopped pecans, ¼ cup cacao nibs (or for sweeter, use small chunks of dark chocolate), 1 generous teaspoon of vanilla essence and, set aside approximately 20 whole pecans to decorate.
- Optional – Place baking paper on an oven tray or as they are so buttery, you could forget the paper.
Abracadabra Pecan Cacao Munchies
OK, begin by creaming the butter and the sugar. Good opportunity to take your rings off and get your hands in. It’s a bugger to clean them after though. Or, you could just put them into one of those blender thingies. The sugar and butter that is, not your hands.
Next, throw in the almond meal, chopped pecans, cacao nibs and vanilla essence. Mix them thoroughly. It will have a very buttery look and texture. Don’t be tempted to add more almond meal unless it is runny. Should be sticky.
Right, the mixture needs to be sticky because you are now going to roll them into little balls – like large malteasers – mmm – now there’s an idea…
Then, pop them spaciously apart on your tray, like say in a 4 x 5 configuration.
Finally, plonk a pecan in the middle of the ball and let it squish from ball to biscuit.
Cook in a low oven, say, 150 Celsius for about 10 minutes or until the tops are lightly brown. Pull out and let them cool. They will be soft at first so don’t manhandle. They’ll harden up in about 20 minutes… then you can taste test.
You are very welcome to post photo and story of your Pecan Cacao Munchies.
(c) 2018 Geraldine Barkworth, From Fear To Fabulous Speaking Coach, www.goddessofpublicspeaking.com.au . This article is the personal opinion of the author and no professional cook has been harmed in it’s writing.