Bars, Cookies, Sweets

Is that coffee in your cookie or just intensified chocolate?

It really doesn’t matter if you like coffee or not. When you add coffee extract to chocolate chip cookies, it doesn’t make them taste like a cup of joe, it simply intensifies and deepens the richness of the chocolate.

chocolate chip cookies | Random Sweetness Baking

But if you are a 13-year-old making these cookies with your mom, adding coffee extract will automatically strike these from your approved cookie list.

Sneaky thing that coffee extract.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Approximately 24 cookies

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon coffee extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl combine the flour, soda, and salt.

In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter. Add the white and brown sugars and beat on medium high until fluffy, approximately 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and coffee extracts. Beat until combined.

Turn the mixer speed down to low and gradually add the flour mixture in 3 small batches, turning off the mixer after each addition to scrape down the sides.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

If you have time, this is where I recommend you put the dough in a covered container and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. The flavors meld together in a way that only scientists can explain and only cookie lovers can appreciate. Or, do what I do. Make half a dozen cookies right now to satisfy your craving and then bake the rest in a day or two.

Using a cookie scoop or two spoons, drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets (12 on each sheet).

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges. The centers will look a little soft. Remove from oven and cool in pans a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Store at room temperature  in an airtight container.

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