Chefs' Recipes

Folonomo’s cacao nib rocks

Chui Lee Luk's residency at Sydney restaurant Folonomo may have come to an end, but her moreish cacao nib rocks cookies live forever. Well, until you finish the batch.
John Paul Urizar

“Would you please ask for the recipe for the cacao nib rocks Chui Lee Luk did in her residency at Folonomo?”

Krishna Curran, Sydney, NSW


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1.Preheat oven to 190C and line 2 large oven trays with baking paper. Whisk eggwhite in an electric mixer until foamy (30 seconds to 1 minute). Gradually add caster sugar, whisking continuously, until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (5-7 minutes). Fold in almond meal, then gently fold in cacao nibs and vanilla. Transfer to a piping bag with a large plain nozzle (about 1.3cm) and pipe 5cm flat rounds onto baking trays with a 2cm gap between each. Smooth peaks with the back of a spoon and bake on middle and lower shelves until lightly coloured (15-18 minutes), then swap trays, reduce heat to 180C and bake for a further 8-10 minutes; to test they’re done, break one in half – it should be evenly golden inside. Set aside to cool and crisp (15-20 minutes). Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Cacao nibs are available from health-food shops such as, or shops such as The Essential Ingredient.


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