Mocha Chocolate Chip #Cookielicious

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Is there anything better than a freshly baked cookie?  It’s gooey, soft and warm,filling the house with an amazing aroma. A cup of coffee and a warm cookie can solve just about anything, but these cookies are not just any regular cookies.  Girlfriends have to take care of each other and since we’ve been hanging out for a bit, I’m sharing with you one of my best kept secrets for the Sunday Supper Holiday Cookie Swap.

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This is the adult version of the chocolate chip cookie.  These are the cookies we tuck away as a treat for ourselves. I love dark chocolate and coffee together so why not have it in a cookie?  The dried cherries are an indulgence but they adda a taste and texture some may not care for so I tend to make half or the recipe with them and half without.

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In a cooking class long ago I learned how to Brown Butter and how it will elevate any cookie recipe that I have. If you don’t have the time or patience then by all means, use plain old butter.

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I roll the balls of dough and freeze them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper unbaked.  To me the beauty of this cookie is having it warm, I take them to our cookie swap at room temperature along with the recipe and they come out the favorite but once you have them warm, you’re done.

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For the Thanksgiving weekend we had a houseful, each morning the girls and I had a cappuccino and a few freshly baked cookies.  This is not a cookie for most of the younger ones.  Our grandchildren turn up their nose at the coffee flavor, the dried cherries and the bittersweet chocolate.  I am happy to make the plain version with them, but I smile and imagine ten years from now, when they will be sitting with me in the kitchen with these cookies and a cup of coffee.

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Now for the recipe:

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

I guarantee when you make these cookies they will be an instant favorite, even with the non coffee lovers you know.  I have learned to brown my butter and it intensifies the flavor in just about any cookie I bake.  For instructions on how to brown butter Panna just released an amazing video with Nancy Silverton ,who is one of the best ever.  Once you learn the technique, it’s simple, just don’t let the butter burn. The dried cherries add a wonderful flavor but I mix it up, sometimes adding the cherries after I’ve rolled out half of the cookies.

I roll out the cookies and freeze the, on a cookie sheet so I can bake them when I want to.  They are addicting warm with a cup of coffee – or anytime really.  I have to say this is the best cookie I have ever made.

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 40 - 48 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of instant Espresso Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • ¼ Cup of White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Brown Butter, Melted*
  • 2 Eggs,
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons of Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract)
  • ¾ to 1 Pound Dark chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 1 to 1 ½ cup of Dried Sweet Cherries (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, espresso powder, baking soda and salt in a large measuring cup (I use a 4 cup Pyrex), whisk together.
  2. Place the sugars in a mixing bowl, using a mixer pour in the melted butter to combine then add the eggs and vanilla paste. Mix until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 1 – 2 minutes. With the mixer on a low setting add the dry ingredients a bit at a time, until incorporated. Take care not to over mix. Remove the mixer, cleaning the beaters, the stir in the chocolate chunks and cherries if using.
  3. Using a baking sheet lined with parchment paper roll out the cookies using a heaped tablespoon. Place them on the cookie sheet spaced 2”apart and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so until the center is done. The cookies will be soft to the touch.
  4. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack and store in an airtight container, if you have any left.

Notes

*A couple sticks of butter is also good but the flavor will not be as intense

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