Posted by loavesandstitches
Here I am making cookies again! This week’s Tuesday’s with Dorie recipe is a nice break from the batches of oatmeal cookies that I continue to bake in search of the perfect oatmeal cookie. I am close to a final version (I hope!). In the meantime, these Mocha Chocolate Chipper cookies were a nice treat.
The only change I made to the recipe was to use just one tablespoon of espresso powder. The package said that one teaspoon would make a cup of instant coffee, so I thought that a tablespoon would be more than enough.
I also scooped the dough out while it was still soft. Actually, the husband scooped it for me since I have been having a little wrist trouble lately. Must be all that heavy knitting.
Anyway, after the dough was all scooped, I froze it. Some have had trouble with these cookies spreading too much in the oven, and this is a trick that will keep that from happening, but your dough has to be fairly soft. Otherwise, your cookie may not spread as much as you like! Cookie baking is an art, I tell you.
They turned out perfectly. My scoops were a little bigger, so there were 35 cookies in the end, not four dozen, but that’s ok. We like our cookies on the big side in our house.
I took the cookies to a meeting and they were enjoyed by all who tried them. A couple people could not detect the coffee flavor, which I took as a good sign. I thought there was just enough coffee flavor to compliment the chocolate, but not too much so as to overpower the other flavors. I used a combination of milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips, along with some really soft, organic dried apricots from Trader Joe’s. The husband loved them. I liked them, too. The apricot was quite a nice change from the cranberries and raisins we’ve been having in our cookies lately. I worried that they would bake up hard, but they were fine. I think cherries would be nice as well.
They have just the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, but maybe not for the likes of the kiddies if one is shy about giving caffeine to them. I may let my boys try them, but only for a daytime snack. The good news is that I still have almost two dozen frozen cookie balls in the freezer for the husband and me to eat after the boys are in bed.
The recipe is posted here if you would like to try them and I urge you to do so. They are worth it.