Mocha is one of my favourite flavours so I am always on the lookout for new recipes with chocolate and coffee. During this unseasonable cold and snowy Vancouver winter my friend Marina mentioned making these Kraft’s Coffee-Chocolate Chunk Cookies. What is so odd is despite living in the same area, we had completely different results.
You will need 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 3/4 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 3 tbsp cooled freshly brewed double-strength coffee, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (which I omitted).
Instead of regular coffee I dissolved 1 tsp of instant espresso in 3 tbsp of hot water.
Which I then cooled.
Making The Cookies
I combined the dry ingredients and preheated the oven to 325F, which seemed kind of cool to me.
I creamed together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Then I added the coffee, egg and vanilla.
I gradually beat in flour mixture until well blended.
Then I stirred in the chocolate chips and refrigerated for 30 minutes, which did not seem like a lot of time but hey, I am recipe testing here.
I rolled dough into 1-inch balls.
I placed 2″ apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
I baked 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.
I cooled the cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Then I removed to wire racks to cool completely.
With the second batch I tried increasing the heat to 350F to see if that would help but it kind of made things worse and some of the cookies got a little scorched around the edges.
The odd thing is Marina’s cookies did not spread out at all! I think it was much colder when she made these than when I did. My friend Tone suggested letting them chill longer, even overnight, to help prevent the spreading and to increase the flavour of the cookies.
These were pretty tasty cookies and some turned out pretty decent. I am convinced that 30 minutes is not long enough to properly chill the dough. Instead of making these again I will make my favourite mocha cookies when the craving comes on.
I can only give these a three out of five wooden spoons. What a shame! They were a great idea for a cookie.
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