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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6 comments:

  1. Do you think this would work with Decaf coffee? I am not allowed to have caffeine. These look really good!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Absolutely, decaf would work just fine. Enjoy!!

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  2. We will love these cookies! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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  3. You are right...these are crazy good!!! Love and miss you, friend. I can hear your sweet voice in every single post:)

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  4. Oh wow Tracey it's look so amazing! I love cookies a lot. So in love with these beautiful cookiess

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