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Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies #TuesdayswithDorie

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After the 2 day process of making croissants earlier this month, it was nice to have a simple cookie recipe for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie. Except that this was no ordinary chocolate chip cookie recipe; the recipe was for Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies. There was instant coffee in the dough…truly a grown up cookie…unless you’re my hubby. He definitely has a kid’s palate. These also had nice chunks of dried apricots. Guess who won’t eat those either? The same guy who dusts my kitchen with a blanket of red powder every time he makes a pitcher of Cherry Kool-Aid, more popularly known as “CK” in our household. But he has a ton of positive attributes that outweigh his idiosyncratic food habits…so I just tease him about his quirky tastes. Incessantly.

Our hostess, Peggy of Galettista, has the full recipe on her site. Basically a chocolate chip cookie dough…with 2-3 tablespoons of instant coffee whisked into the flour. I elected to add 2, but decreasing the amount to one tablespoon did cross my mind. But since the hubby wouldn’t be eating these, I wanted the full experience. I used  Guittard semi-sweet and white chocolate feves or discs, a fabulous premium chocolate, and about a half pound of chopped dried apricots. Even after an overnight chilling of the batter, the cookies spread more than I’d like. But the texture was lovely…moist and chewy…despite being a little flat. And they were buttery…oh, so good and buttery. But I wasn’t certain if I was a fan of the coffee undertones in these. We invited a couple neighbors over for an impromptu glass of wine and dessert. I had baked a caramel apple pie plus I had a couple new cookies, including these, and asked them for their opinions. Steve decided to go for just the pie and a sliver of a Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bar (recipe to come…they are amazing!), but Shelli gave these her seal approval…and she’s not a coffee drinker. I’m not sure I’d make these again, but I discovered I love the apricot white chocolate combo…so you may see an oatmeal cookie with those additions in the future…but for now, I have a few dozen cookies that I’ll be eating all by myself. Might be time to pull out the stretchy pants…

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73 comments on “Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies #TuesdayswithDorie”

  1. These cookies sound so wonderful…love the mocha flavor! I will be baking them as soon as my husband is done with South Beach…he would love them! I posted my croissants this week instead…finally!

  2. Yup, you’ve nailed it – these were tasty but a little flat (for me, a little flat in flavour since I didn’t use the espresso powder) – your chocolate chunks look fabulous!

  3. Stretchy pants 🙂

    I took my batch in to work. Four dozen cookies in the house does not work with my health and fitness goals.

    PB Rice Crispy treats – recipe please!!!!!! Can’t wait.

  4. Hmm! Apricot in cookies! I’d love to try the combination with white chocolate! Your lucky neighbors are invited for wine and cookies! What a treat! Nothing like that is happening in my neighborhood! 😉

  5. Liz, these look so delicious I looooove white chocolate 🙂 and the combo seems pretty much very tasty. I am a caffeine-a- holic 🙂 so these will be my next addiction I believe. Thanks for sharing

  6. I find it so interesting how each member of the challenge evaluates what has been prepared and use different techniques and sometimes ingredients. I love the combination of chocolate and apricots so I think I will be trying this recipe.

  7. Hi, Lizzy! OMG, I don’t know if my Google Reader is acting funny or my WordPress, but I could’ve sworn I got your updated posts. Your photos look familiar to me, but my schedule’s been so crazy, who knows? Needless to say, I think I’ve worked out the kinks, and any comments I made should be coming from yummychunklet@gmail.com! If not, then I’ll try to see if something’s wrong on my end. =D

    Anyway, this post and about five of your previous posts, especially the strawberry cheesecake parfaits, had me in a fit they looked so good! I almost broke my cleanse to make these desserts and croissants! Congrats, Lizzy!

  8. Lizzy,
    I love all of flavors in these cookies, even the apricots. I did read that Galliesta added 1/4 c more flour, to help with the spreading of the cookies. I might try doing this , when I make them. I might also try adding a bit of oatmeal. I’m sure that they would still taste awesome.

    glaiieesta

  9. Beautiful job, Liz. Lovely photography as always.

  10. Sounds like a fun cookie. Coffee and chocolate usually combine quite well together. Definitely worth trying. That Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bar sounds like a winner!

  11. Mmmm, these cookies fit the bill for a treat any time of the day. Caffeine? Sounds good to me Liz!

  12. Aren’t cookies the best? So easy and so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I have had a long day…and I needed something sweet and chocolatey to cheer me up. I hope you are well. Enjoy the rest of your week. Happy Spring!

  13. Lizzy, it’s been a while since I’ve commented…can’t even click on your blog any more, so I have to type it in each time now! Google+reader list doesn’t let me click on for some reason either!

    Your cookies with the white chocolate, the apricot, the coffee…wow! My kind of grown-up cookies. Love it and would eat a few right now with a tall glass of ice cold low-fat milk…yumm!
    xoxo

  14. I like the idea of dry apricots in these cookies…great combination of flavors…and they sure look awesome, and perfect with my cup of tea Liz.
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  15. Your cookies look beautiful, Lizzy. So sorry you didn’t like them. Those peanut butter rice krispies sound pretty good to me. 🙂

  16. Oh, addition of instant coffee is an interesting thing to de here. Your cookies do look great! Please pass me a few!!

  17. I like the addition of coffee to the cookies, it should add a nice kick to it and they look really lovely too 🙂

  18. Bring on the adult cookies! Love the apricots – and a have a family of apricot-lovers. On my list for the weekend “sweet.”

  19. –LUSh. I love the colour of these cookies. Sweeet. X

  20. Lovely cookies… I can just see my teeth sinking into this deliciousness. 🙂

  21. Lizzy,
    I always thought incessant teasing was an integral part of every marriage. Also, the cookies look delicious.
    Annamaria

  22. Your cookies look plump compared to mine! I really enjoyed these cookies, though I wish the coffee flavor was more pronounced. Looking forward to your post on the pb rice krispie recipe.

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