Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate and coffee is one of my very favourite flavour combinations and, in the right recipe, they can make for heavenly baking. With this in mind, I couldn't get in the kitchen fast enough when I found this recipe from Laura Vitale, who's recipes I can trust and always turn out well. I can't emphasise enough how luscious these cookies are! I'm telling you, if you read this without making these, you will regret it. Forever.
The recipe should make around 40 cookies, although I only produced 20 - the thickness was nice but if you want to make them last longer, make them smaller. These cookies only had crumbs as evidence of their existence by the following morning...

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Laura Vitale's Recipe)

2 cups of Flour

2 ½ Sticks of unsalted Butter (1 ¼ cup) at room temperature *We don't have sticks in the UK; I used 225g*
1 1/2 cup of Semisweet Chocolate chips 
½ tsp of Baking Powder

¾ tsp of Ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp of Salt

1 cup of Icing/Confectioner Sugar

½ cup of Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp of Instant Espresso Powder (I used sifted coffee granules)

¼ cup of Granulated Sugar, for dipping

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl cream together the butter, instant coffee, brown sugar, confectioner sugar and vanilla, until well combined. 
Add the four, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt and mix in until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Using a small ice cream scoop or a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, form the cookies and dip only one side of the cookie in the granulated sugar. Place them on a non stick baking sheet sugar side up and using your fingers gently press the top to flatten them just a little. Make sure you set them up a couple inches apart from eachother.
Place the baking sheets in the center of the oven and bake for about 13 to 14 minutes rotating the pan half way through for even cooking.
Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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