May 6, 2016

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ put a tasty twist on the original with instant coffee!

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 Give traditional chocolate chip cookies a tasty coffee twist ... with a simple little hit of Instant coffee.  And then enjoy Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies as a great on-the-go way to get your mid-day coffee fix ... without the cup! 

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A long, long time ago I indulged in some fabulous Mocha Swirl Cookies ~ made with beautifully delicious swirls of chocolate and coffee dough rolled together to form a gorgeous chocolatey-coffee spiral.  Would you like to know the simple technique used to create the tasty coffee dough? ~ Instant coffee stirred right into the batter.

Yes, the simple little trick of stirring Instant coffee into the cookie batter was an amazingly easy way to get wonderful coffee flavor.

Which got me to thinking.

Would the same instant-coffee-granules-in-cookie-batter technique work to transform regular chocolate chip cookies into tasty coffee chocolate chip cookies?

I'm very happy to report that yes, ... yes, it does.  And the result is quite tasty indeed!  Oh, what a great on-the-go way to get your mid-day coffee fix ... without even needing a cup.
 
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To find just the right touch of coffee flavor for these Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies, I tried several different amounts of Instant coffee.  With 1 tablespoon of Folgers instant coffee, I got a nice subtle coffee flavor that was just right for me.  I just love the richness of Folger's and the wonderful flavor it brings to these cookies.

One of my friends ... who plays the role of 'unofficial taste tester' ... described eating one of these cookies as being a bit like eating a chocolate covered coffee bean ... first, you taste chocolate ... and then you get a deliciously subtle hit of coffee on the backend.  But if you want a stronger coffee taste, simply add a little more instant coffee.
 
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While I definitely wanted a great rich coffee flavor in my Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies, I didn't want to bite down into a big ol' hunk of instant coffee.  So to prep the coffee granules for the batter, I smooshed them into a powder.

I put my tablespoon of Instant coffee in a zip-top baggie and used a meat mallet to gently pound them into a fine powder.
 
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I added the instant coffee powder to traditional chocolate chip cookie dough, simply stirring it in with the chocolate chips at the end of the mixing process ...
 
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Then I baked the cookies up just as I would traditional chocolate chip cookies ...
 
 Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Give traditional chocolate chip cookies a tasty coffee twist ... with a little hit of instant coffee granules!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Only the yummy result isn't simply traditional chocolate chip cookies ... it's Coffee  Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Everything we love about chocolate chip cookies, but better ... because they're loaded with a tasty coffee twist.

Now, the only thing left to do is to enjoy a big ol' stack with a tall glass a milk.  Unless you prefer your coffee black, that is!

Check out Folgers Recipes for more creative instant coffee ideas.

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Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source:  Adapted from classic Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies 
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 to 1 1/2 T. instant coffee granules*
Directions
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Place instant coffee granules in a small zip-top plastic bag. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a drinking glass, gently crush granules into a powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in coffee granule powder, and then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (For soft cookies, the cookies should still look a bit uncooked in the middle when you take them out of the oven.) Let cookies stand on the pan for about a minute before removing to a cooling rack.
* I use 1 T. instant coffee granules for a subtle coffee flavor.  If you would like more pronounced coffee flavor, use 1 1/2 T.
Enjoy!
 
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May 4, 2016

Peach-Pineapple Salsa {For Cinco de Mayo Fun!}

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Love fruit salsas?  Then you'll adore this gorgeous deliciously-sweet-and-spicy Peach-Pineapple Salsa!  It's just perfect for Cinco de Mayo ... or any  day ... dipping.
Thank you to José Olé snacks for sponsoring this post.

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It's Cinco de Mayo celebration time!  

Yes, I can hardly believe May is here ... but here it sure is.  And isn't it great that May starts off with giving us a wonderful reason to celebrate?  Not that I need a reason to enjoy a big ol' pitcher of margaritas or host a fun-filled Mexican fiesta dinner ... but Cinco de Mayo sure provides a reason for a fun celebration if we're in need of a reason to encourage us along!

So in honor of this special day, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite way to celebrate the day.  Well actually, my favorite five  ways to celebrate the day, that is.  

May 2, 2016

Creamy Baked Noodles

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Creamy Baked Noodles are such a simple side dish, I hesitate to even call them a  "recipe."  But while Creamy Baked Noodles may be simple, they're simply one of our favorites.  And who knows? ~ they may just become one of your favorites, too.

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You know those dishes that are almost so simple you don't even really think of them as a recipe?  Those that you make over and over because they're one of your favorites ... and they're pretty much committed to memory?

Well, these Creamy Baked Noodles are one of those recipes for me.  They're such a simple little side dish.  So simple, in fact, that I truly wondered if I should even share them here on the blog.

But then I thought ...

April 30, 2016

Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas ... great make-ahead for a crowd

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Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas with a creamy green chilies sauce are a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly dish to feed a crowd!

Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas ~ Chicken & spinach filling smothered in a creamy green chilies sauce.  A great make-ahead, freezer-friendly dish to feed a crowd!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


This is one of those dishes that brings backs childhood memories.  Well, actually, teenager memories.

During our high school and college days, our house was one of the houses where my brother's and my friends just seemed to gather.  Especially during our college breaks, Mom was never sure how many people she was going to have around for dinner, and there always seemed to be one or two (or more) impromptu additions at the dinner table!  I like these memories.  I like that our house was that 'comfortable.'

And when it came to feeding all of us hungry teenagers, Mom got very smart.

April 28, 2016

Strawberry Pudding

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Strawberry Pudding ~ A simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies ... just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead.  It's banana pudding's {totally scrumptious} strawberry cousin!

Strawberry Pudding ~ Simple glazed strawberries layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers ... just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead. Banana pudding's strawberry cousin!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


It's strawberry season!!!!  And I couldn't be happier!!  Yes, simple things in life make me happy ... and in-season, fresh-picked strawberries are indeed one of those simple things that make me very  happy.  I am blessed to live literally less than a 5 minute drive away from three {three!} local strawberry farms.  And have I already been to pick up a pint or two of fresh-picked berries this season? ... Well, yes, yes I have.

A few of those beautiful berries may have just found their way into this totally scrumptious, totally drool-worthy Strawberry Pudding.

April 25, 2016

Orange-Coconut Balls

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Orange lovers ~ Coconut-Orange Balls are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.

Orange-Coconut Balls ~ Orange lovers, these are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


This one's pretty simple, folks ... If you like orange, you'll love these Orange-Coconut Balls.  Not a fan of orange? ~ Then these aren't for you.  It's as simple as that.  Because these little babies? ... They pack a huge orange punch!

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