Cacao Nib Cookies: Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory takes recipe to the next level

Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture

Love chocolate and sweets? HI Now hosts Kanoe Gibson and Kainoa Carlson are making Cacao Nib Cookies, a healthier alternative to chocolate chip cookies, but equally delicious. The secret to this recipe’s success? Cacao from Kona’s Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.

Recipe: Cacao Nib Cookies

2 C all-purpose flour

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

3/4 C unsalted butter melted

1 C packed brown sugar

1/2 C white sugar

1 T vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 C cacao nibs


1) Preheat the oven to 325 F

2) Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper

2) In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt

3) In another bowl, add melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar and mix

4) Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy

5) Mix in ingredients from first bowl until just blended

6) Stir in cacao nibs

7) Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets

8) Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted

Original Hawaiian Chocolate is the first to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry and process only 100 percent Hawaiian grown cocoa beans. The delicious result is a single-origin Hawaiian chocolate of distinctive texture and taste. The mission of its “tree to bar” operation is to keep it 100 percent Hawaiian.

Original Hawaiian Chocolate offers milk and dark forestero chocolate and its “Grand Cru” criollo as individual three-ounce bars and one-pound bars for chocolate lovers. You can also find its signature Plumeria-shaped chocolates boxed to share and single large chocolate Plumerias that are great for gifting or as omiage. Its roasted cacao nibs are a healthy treat for snacks and recipes. You can also find 100 percent Kona Coffee grown on the plantation along with fudge sauce, cacao soaps and other gift items.

Original Hawaiian Chocolate is available online at and at these locations: Whole Foods Markets on Oahu and Maui, Foodland Farms, Island Naturals and Whalers General Store on Hawaii Island, Hukilau Lanai and Travel Traders on Kauai.

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