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I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging. 2016 seems to be running at Mach speed in my life and this weekend I intend to slow it down a notch! So, let’s make cookies!
Last fall I wanted to take cookies to a friend who was under the weather. I remembered a particularly delicious cookie recipe that comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking With Julia.
I asked my sous-chef dishwashing mom if she would mind making the cookies. She quickly said YES and away she went with the project.
Instant coffee powder sets these cookies apart from a run of the mill chocolate chip cookie. The recipe calls for 2 to 3 Tablespoons, to taste. (I “make” coffee powder” by simply fine grinding instant coffee. )
The coffee flavor and the chocolate hit a perfect blend of flavors. We used a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. White, bittersweet, dark or milk chocolate all work equally well. A blend is really awesome.
Lastly, coarsely chopped plump, moist apricots take this cookie to the top of the chocolate chip cookie class! I actually think you can add coffee powder and chunked apricots to your favorite chocolate chip cookie and you will be the star!
“How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 to 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder (according to your taste)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pound chocolate (bittersweet, milk, or white, or a combination), cut into larger-than-chocolate-chip-size chunks or 16 oz. of chocolate chips
- ½ pound plump, moist apricots, coarsely chopped (optional)
- Whisk the flour, coffee powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl to blend; set aside.
- Put the butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or work with a hand-held mixer) and beat on medium speed until the butter lightens in color. Add the granulated sugar and beat for about 30 seconds, just to blend. Add the brown sugar and beat for another 30 seconds.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each addition. The mixture should be light and fluffy; if necessary, beat 1 more minute. Add the vanilla and beat until blended.
- Turn the mixer speed down to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer and clean the paddle and the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the chocolate chunks and the apricots, and stir them with the spatula to distribute evenly.
- Chilling the Dough: Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for several hours, or overnight, to firm.
- When you are ready to bake, position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two heavy-duty baking sheets with parchment paper. (If you do not have very heavy baking sheets, double up the pans – these cookies need heavy sheets so that their bottoms don’t burn.)
- Using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie, drop the dough onto the lined sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each mound of dough so that the cookies have room to spread. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking period, until the center is just baked – they’ll still be soft to the touch. Use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to cooling racks to cool to room temperature. Repeat with the remaining dough.