1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, plus more for work surface
3/4 cup unsweetened Starwest Dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Starwest cacao nibs
Course sanding sugar, or crystallized sugar
Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, espresso powder, and cinnamon into large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar into bowl of electric mixture fitted with the paddle; mix on medium until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in cacao nibs.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; roll firmly into a 2" diameter log. Wrap in parchment. Transfer to a paper towel tube to hold shape. If the logs are too thick to fit, simply cut along the length of the tube and wrap them around the dough logs. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350. Unwrap log, and let soften slightly at room temperature, about five minutes. Brush with water, then roll in standing sugar. Cut log into 1/4" thick rounds. Use a sharp, heavy knife to make the cleanest slices. Wipe the knife between each slice. Space 1" apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until centers are set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire wracks;ﾠ cool completely. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to two days.
Makes about four dozen.
Health tip #3: Cacao
Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair.