Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies


Of course there’s more…

I mean you didn’t think we were done with the cookies yet? Sheesh. 

I swear it’s full speed ahead over here.  With two days until Christmas and Hanukkah already upon us, my stove and oven are getting quite the workout.  Just the way I like it.

There are still many special meals to prepare and mounds and mounds of presents to wrap.  I wonder when the elves are going to show up to help.

I did happen to make these Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies last week and loved how sturdy and crispy they were.  The flatness of the cookie makes the chocolate chips stand out.  And because there is no egg, it means you can sneak a taste of the cookie dough…not that raw egg has ever stopped me from tasting cookie dough, but still, you know what I’m saying. 

If you are looking for a full coffee-flavored cookie, this one’s for you.

Instead of a regular cookie recipe where you cream the butter and sugar together first, you cream the butter and the instant espresso together instead.  Perfect.  The sugars are secondary to the coffee.

Let me show you how to put these together…

Here’s what you will need:  All-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, unsalted butter, instant espresso powder, powdered sugar, light brown sugar, semisweet chocolate chips and granulated sugar.  Ingredients not shown: Table salt.


In a medium sized bowl, sift 2 cups (9 oz) all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon table salt.  Set aside.

Beat together 10 oz (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter and 3 Tablespoons instant espresso powder on medium speed until well combined.  Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup light brown sugar and beat until combined.

Stir in the flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips.


In a small, shallow bowl add 1/4 cup granulated sugar.  Scoop out about 1 Tablespoon dough and flatten it slightly into a disk.  Dip one side into the granulated sugar and then set the disk, sugar side up on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough, spacing the disks about 2-inches apart.


Bake until the edges start to darken, 12-14 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Begin checking after 12 minutes, but don’t be tempted to remove too soon.

Let the cookies cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


I love the super crunch and coffee flavor with this cookie.  Often when baking with espresso powder it just enhances the chocolate flavor, which is good, but this really retains the mocha taste.

I love the protruding chips.  The more the merrier.

These are good for Hanukkah too!  Enjoy.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Fine Cooking

Yields about 48 cookies

9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
10 oz. (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
3 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
About 1/4 cup granulated sugar for dipping

In a medium sized bowl, sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

Beat together unsalted butter and espresso powder on medium speed until well combined.  Add powdered sugar and light brown sugar and beat until combined.

Stir in the flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in chocolate chips.

In a small, shallow bowl add 1/4 cup granulated sugar.  Scoop out about 1 Tablespoon dough and flatten it slightly into a disk.  Dip one side into the granulated sugar and then set the disk, sugar side up on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough, spacing the disks about 2-inches apart.

Bake until the edges start to darken, 12-14 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Begin checking after 12 minutes, but don’t be tempted to remove too soon.

Let the cookies cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

More Tree Trimming and Hanukkah Madness…

I collect Santa’s so they are kind of everywhere.

Here’s Santa again…

A Jim Shore snowman…

Did you expect Santa to bring anything else?

So the Wild Boar and I started our Hanukkah eating with a little appetizer…very non-traditional but good…

Artichoke and jalapeno dip, Le Delice De Bourgogne Triple Cream and goat cheese with cranberries and cinnamon…all served with freshly baked Puglise.

I have to say after this I had to put the camera away.  With latke and donut making there was just too much splattering oil and I was not willing to risk my camera lens.  Also, Latkes and Sufganiyot need to be eaten right away, no time for pics.  The Tangerine-Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots were like eating candy coins and the roasted asparagus and pumpkin-sage polenta were to die for. The Orange Cardamom Cake…delicious.

Tonight’s Hanukkah menu…

Matzo Ball Soup
Challah Bread
Leftover Latkes
Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Tangerine Glaze…yum

Happy Holidays!

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41 Comments

  1. HoneyB 1

    Happy Holidays to you Cathy! The food looks yummy!

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  2. The decorations are beautiful. I so very much like the traditional Hanukkah colors. Blue and White beat out red and green every time in my book. The cookie recipe is definitely on my ‘to bake’ list. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  3. Julia 3

    I also use instant coffee in some baked goods, and I agree about the enhancement of the chocolate flavor. One thing I do, though, is use decaf. Sometimes I have to compromise with decaf instant coffee instead of espresso, but then I don’t have to worry about jacking up the tykes on caffeine.

    Your hannukah menu looks much better than mine! I’m going so traditional Jewish I made gefilte fish.. tee hee.

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  4. Becky 4

    Boy that is an action packed post!
    Cookies, snowmen, santas, menorah, dinner, appetizers…
    I’m tired!
    I would come help with all the cooking and baking, if it weren’t for I have to work and I’m on the other side of the US.

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  5. Happy Holidays!

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  6. You are amazing, you know that? All that food looks so good…

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  7. Everything looks delicious. I love adding some coffee to chocolate cake or cookies. It adds to the flavor. The olive oil budt cake sounds great. Happy Holidays to you!

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  8. Barbie with a T 8

    Matzo ball soup! My husband really really loves soup, and we tried Matzo ball soup one day. (the kind of mix that comes in a box on the grocery store shelves). Now is that how to make Matzo ball soup or is there a “special” way or some “special tips” when making it? I would love to know how you make it.

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  9. I’m a sucker for mocha anything so the cookies look great! Love the Santas and my gosh, the feast food. I’d put the camera away because I wouldn’t want anyone to see how huge I was becoming!

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  10. Biz 10

    Thanks for the well wishes! The weather is bad today so I won’t be visiting hubby – at least I get to catch up on my blog reading though!

    Happy Holidays!

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  11. That cookie dough is actually beautiful!

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  12. Alisa 12

    Stop!! Please!!! You’re going to kill me. Just made the Port Balls, off to the mall to find new pants.

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  13. Marlene 13

    Okay…now I am starving. I loved the sleigh filled with wine corks. That is a hoot.

    Can I possibly get your recipe for Matzo Ball Soup…yum-o

    My Lord, I love visiting with you!

    Marlene

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  14. No eggs! Yippee. I’m totally bookmarking this one.

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  15. Maureen 15

    Yowza! This is one where a picture speaks a thousand words. You can bet I will be trying these out this afternoon! Thanks for all the great recipes this holiday season.

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  16. Oh my those chips do stand out! I noticed that when I first opened this post. They were so prominent I thought you used chunks instead of chips.

    Very yummy cookies and join the I-refuse-to-feel-guilty-for-eating-cookie-dough-with-eggs Club!

    Your Hanukah dinner also sounds so wonderful. I have to do something Hanukah related before these 8 days are up! I’m still recovering from that cold and I have to drag the Jewish hubby to Christmas events all week!

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  17. Mary 17

    You have been one busy lady! The cookies and ornaments are beautiful but your photos are spectacular.

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  18. I love the variation on a traditional chocolate chip cookie. Will try these!

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  19. Bob 19

    Those cookies look awesome, I love mocha. I’m stealing the hell out of this recipe. :)

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  20. Pam 20

    The cookies sound amazing! I have never made cookies with coffee before. Your dinner for tonight sounds delicious too.

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  21. ELRA 21

    Of course there are many more, are you kidding? It’s season eating!
    Same here, as soon as I got up this morning, I continue to make my panetone, now there are waiting for the last raising (I made 2). If they work well, you know I will post proudly about it. I also made (Hmmm) the fruit cake. No, no… trust me, this one is supere good, it is not the one that most American think of fruit cake. This too, I’ll post about it, and then, there is Pandoro waiting, and sure more cookies. I’ll worry about Gym later. But, for now, I am ready to fatten up myself.
    Chanuka Sameach to Wild Boar and his family, and Merry christmas to you and the kids.
    Elra

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  22. Liz C. 22

    These look terriffic, as always!

    You’re featured in my fantasy Christmas poem today…

    Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas!

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  23. Mrs. L 23

    These look and sound delish. I may have to make them for New Years…yes, my baking is being relegated to after Christmas this year.

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  24. Anna 24

    Those sound really good! I hate making things that somebody else just made, but I’m going to have to try those.

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  25. pam 25

    I love coffee-flavored anything! These sound perfect.

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  26. Leslie 26

    coffe and chocolate chips..oh yes!
    Love that Santa brought you all of those wine corks..he must be drunk! Hmmmm..can Santa get a DUI????

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  27. Katrina 27

    Sounds like the holidays are in full swing at your place. Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  28. Lisa 28

    Looks delicious. What a merry sleigh! I’m not done with cookies either. Happy Holidays!

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  29. tipper 29

    Cookies would be great with a cup of coffee-and all the rest-just amazing!

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  30. Once again, everything looks delicious! I like the sounds of those cookies–they look so thin and crispy and coffee-y!!

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  31. oooooooooohhhh can’t wait to try!

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  32. Sheila 32

    The Cookies look fabulous!

    I also love the corks in the sled; I collect corks and will have to copy that idea.

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  33. You are making it hard to choose a cookie to make.
    Love the ornaments and the menu.

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  34. Cheryl 34

    That tight shot of the chocolate chips borders on pornographic as far as I’m concerned…yummy yummy yummy.

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  35. We celebrate both holidays in our house, and cookies are always a welcome ending to the meal. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  36. Bunny 36

    These cookies look great Cathy, I love the idea of the cinnamon on top of these.

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  37. that’s an awesome combined celebration! cookies look perfectly crispy YUMM

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  38. Oh, how you taunt me, Cathy, with those cookies! Hope you and yours have a Blessed Christmas!

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  39. mikky 39

    the cookies look so crispy… yum… happy holidays to you… :)

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  40. Kayola 40

    OH MY STARS!!! You seriously put me to shame…you accomplish so much and still pull it off making it all look wonderful. Make tons of memories and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakkah to you and your family. I am starving reading your post and it’s only 8ish in the a.m. You’re the best!

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  41. grace 41

    cathy, you do good work. don’t ever stop. :)
    and happy holidays!

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