Mocha Chip Cookies

Working in DC is rarely a 9 to 5 job and this week was full of a few nights past my bedtime.  In addition to taking my coffee through an IV, I thought it best to find some more, yummy ways to get it in my system.

Double chocolate and espresso sounded like it might do the trick.  4 days, 10 cups of coffee, a midnight baking session, 1/2 dozen cookies, 2 bloodshot eyes, and 5 lbs later…I can report that I was right.  And it is almost Friday!

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Mocha Chip Cookies

Adapted  from KelseyTheNaptimeChef

Servings: 30 cookies

  • 2 1/4  sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets.

Dissolve coffee granules in milk.

Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Continue beating at medium speed, adding vanilla extract, dissolved coffee granules, and eggs one at a time.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture and beat at low speed until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake each batch for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool to set.

Serve them up, preferably with coffee!

Cherry Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is cherry season and I can’t get enough. These cookies use dried cherries and good dark chocolate and are the perfect compliment to a summer picnic or barbecue. I took them to our Memorial Day cookout and they about disappeared before the burgers came off the grill.

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Dark chocolate and dried cherries, that’s healthy, right?

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I use about a tablespoon and a half per cookie ’cause bigger is better when chocolate is involved.

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I’s so proud that I actually had the patience to let them cool before I took a bite. It’s worth it for the perfect chewy texture.

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Cherry Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 20 cookies

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz dark chocolate chips
8 oz dried cherries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets.

Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Continue beating at medium speed, adding almond extract and eggs one at a time.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture and beat at low speed until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips and cherries.

Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake each batch for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool to set.

Yum!