As you enter the quaint little coffee shop nestled away down a quiet street, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts towards you. With each step closer, the scent intensifies, and you are hit by a warm and comforting feeling that brings a smile to your face. Few things in life can bring about such joy, and food is one of them. Mocha cookies are just the kind of treat we’re all looking for to satisfy our cravings. As a barista with years of experience in handcrafting these delicate cookies, I am eager to share with you my beloved recipe.
These mocha cookies are just the right balance between sweet, chocolatey goodness and fragrant coffee. They are perfect for those times when you are looking for a bite of indulgence and comfort without overdoing it on sweetness. We use only the freshest ingredients possible, so these cookies not only taste absolutely divine but also have a satisfying crunch that comes from real walnuts. Trust me; once you try these chewy and nutty mocha wonders, you’ll never look at regular chocolate chip cookies the same way again.
Join me on this culinary journey as I walk you through each step of making mouth-watering mocha cookies that will leave everyone who tastes them begging for more!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of coffee, chocolate, and cookies, then these Mocha Cookies are going to be a favorite recipe in your kitchen. As a barista, I know that the combination of mocha and espresso flavors is a match made in heaven. These cookies have all the rich flavors of a mocha latte packed into a delicious cookie that’s perfect for dunking in milk or coffee.
One reason why you’ll love these cookies is that they’re easy to make. You don’t need any special skills or equipment to whip up a batch. All you need are basic baking ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Plus, the addition of instant coffee granules gives these cookies an extra boost of flavor and caffeine.
These Mocha Cookies are also adaptable to your tastes. If you love nuts, you can sprinkle chopped walnuts on the top before baking. If you want to add some holiday cheer, you can make variations like peppermint mocha cookies by adding peppermint extract and crushed candy canes. The possibilities are endless.
But most importantly, these cookies are irresistible. They have a crisp edge with a chewy center that’s full of chocolate chips and coffee granules. The aroma of freshly baked Mocha Cookies will fill your kitchen and make everyone asking for the recipe.
Trust me when I say this – once you try these Mocha Cookies, there’s no going back to regular chocolate chip cookies!
- unsalted butter, cubed (1 cup/226 grams), room temperature
- granulated sugar (1/2 cup/100 grams)
- brown sugar (1/2 cup/105 grams), packed
- light brown sugar (1/2 cup/105 grams), packed
- large egg (1 pc.), room temperature
- vanilla extract (1 tsp)
- all-purpose flour (2 cups/240 grams)
- cocoa powder (1/4 cup/20 grams)
- instant coffee granules (2 teaspoons)
- baking powder (1 teaspoon)
- baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
- salt (1/4 teaspoon)
- chopped walnuts, optional (3/4 cup/75 grams)
- chopped dark chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate chips (3/4 cup)
Note: Separate the quantities in parentheses correspond to US customary measurement and metric system.
Make sure to prepare all ingredients before starting with the recipe. It is best to have ingredients measured and ready to be mixed.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have all of the ingredients ready, let’s get started on making these delicious Mocha Cookies.
Step 1: Preheat your oven
Make sure your oven is preheated to 350°F (175°C).
Step 2: Combine dry ingredients
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and instant coffee until well combined.
Step 3: Cream butter and sugar
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This should take about 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add egg and vanilla
Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated.
Step 5: Add dry ingredients
Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
Step 6: Add walnuts (Optional)
If you like some crunch in your cookies, fold in some chopped walnuts into the batter.
Step 7: Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough balls onto a lined baking sheet. Make sure to space them out about 2 inches apart.
Step 8: Bake in preheated oven
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until set around the edges but still soft in the middle.
Step 9: Cool down
Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
With these easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy freshly baked Mocha Cookies right from your kitchen. Don’t forget to share these cookies with your loved ones.
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to baking, there’s always room for creativity and experimentation. This mocha cookies recipe is no exception! If you want to switch things up a bit or cater to personal preferences, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:
– Nuts: Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts. You can also omit the nuts altogether if you’re not a fan.
– Flavorings: If you want to enhance the mocha flavor even more, you can add a teaspoon of espresso powder in addition to the instant coffee. Alternatively, you can substitute the vanilla extract with peppermint extract for a festive twist.
– Chocolate: While the recipe calls for dark chocolate chips, feel free to use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or a combination of different types. If you don’t have chocolate chips on hand, chop up a chocolate bar into small chunks instead.
– Sugar: The recipe uses a combination of granulated sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar. However, you can adjust the amounts and types of sugars depending on your preferred sweetness level. For instance, you can use less granulated sugar and more brown sugar for a chewier texture.
– Flour: All-purpose flour works best for this recipe, but you can experiment with other types of flour such as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour if needed. Keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary.
Heed these suggestions but don’t be afraid to go beyond and invent your own category of mocha cookies! Use your imagination and find out what makes this recipe best fit for you!
Serving and Pairing
Once the mocha cookies are baked to perfection and ready to be served, they can be enjoyed in many ways. They make for a perfect afternoon snack with a hot cup of coffee, brewed using the same instant coffee used in the cookie recipe. The rich, chocolatey flavor of these mocha cookies complements a variety of beverages like tea, milk, and hot chocolate.
For those who want to take things up a notch, a scoop of vanilla ice cream can be added to the delicious cookies to create an indulgent dessert. They can also be paired with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce for those who have a sweet tooth.
The crunchiness of walnuts in the cookies lends itself perfectly to pairing with creamy peanut butter or Nutella spread. For a healthier option, pair them with fresh fruit and yogurt dip.
For special occasions or gatherings, decorate the cookies with some melted chocolate chips or dust them with cocoa powder for an aesthetically pleasing look.
In summary, these mocha cookies can be enjoyed in several different ways by pairing them with various beverages and toppings. They are versatile enough to serve as a snack or a dessert that will leave everyone feeling satisfied and happy.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Mocha cookies are a great treat to enjoy with friends and family, but they’re also perfect for make-ahead baking. You can prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days, or you can freeze the dough in an airtight container for up to three months. When you’re ready to bake, simply thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator and then proceed with the recipe as usual.
If you’ve already baked a batch of mocha cookies, storing them properly will keep them fresh and delicious for longer. Once cooled, place the cookies in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag at room temperature. They’ll stay fresh for up to five days this way. If you need to store them for longer, consider freezing them instead. Simply place the cookies in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
If you want to reheat your mocha cookies, there are a few options available. For maximum freshness, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake the cookies for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, microwave your cookies on high for 10-15 seconds until warm but not hot. Be sure to check the temperature before eating as microwaves can heat unevenly.
Overall, mocha cookies are a versatile treat that can be enjoyed freshly baked or baked ahead of time for convenience. With proper storage and reheating techniques, you can enjoy their chocolatey goodness whenever you desire!
Tips for Perfect Results
Before you start baking your delicious mocha cookies, let me share with you some tips for that perfect result. Trust me, as an experienced barista, these tips will take your mocha cookies from good to amazing.
First and foremost, ensure all ingredients are at room temperature unless specified otherwise in the recipe. This is particularly important for butter and eggs. Room temperature butter is easier to cream with sugar and helps to create a light and fluffy texture in your cookies. Eggs that are at room temperature tend to mix better with other ingredients and create a smooth batter.
Next, do not overmix your cookie batter. Overmixing could lead to tough cookies as it develops too much gluten in the flour. Instead, mix until all ingredients are well combined but stop when there are only a few small visible streaks of flour left.
To achieve perfectly round cookie shapes, use a cookie scoop instead of measuring with a spoon. This allows for better precision and consistency in the size of your cookies. Additionally, chill your cookie dough before scooping to prevent it from spreading too much during baking.
When measuring flour, weigh it if possible instead of using cups. One cup of flour may vary from person to person causing discrepancies in the final result.
Furthermore, make sure that you preheat your oven before baking and bake on the center rack of the oven for even heat distribution. Avoid opening the oven door too often while baking as this may cause fluctuations in temperature which can affect the final outcome of your cookies.
Lastly, allow your cookies to cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container or freezing them for long-term storage.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to bake mouth-watering mocha cookies that will have people asking for more.
In conclusion, I believe that this Mocha Cookies recipe will become your new favorite treat. It’s easy to make, incredibly delicious, and perfect for any occasion. The combination of chocolate and coffee creates a perfect balance of flavors that you won’t be able to resist.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen and get baking! Remember to follow the instructions carefully and use high-quality ingredients for the best results. Let the cookies cool down before indulging in their rich flavors.
If you have any questions or concerns about this recipe, please refer to the FAQ section. Don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends so they can enjoy these delightful cookies too!
I am confident that once you’ve tried these Mocha Cookies, you’ll love them as much as I do. They will become a staple in your baking repertoire and a hit among your loved ones. So go ahead, take a bite out of these little pieces of heaven!
Mocha Cookies Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, Packed
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee, No crystals
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts, Finely chopped
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cream butter.
- Add both sugars and beat well.
- Add egg and mix well.
- Add flour, coffee powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and 1/2 c walnuts.
- Mix well.
- Wrap dough in wax paper and chill thouroughly in refrigerator (at least two hours).
- Remove dough from refrigerator.
- Using rounded teaspoonfuls of dough, shape into balls using palms of hands and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 12-15 minutes.
- Remove cookie sheet from oven and working quickly place 3-4 chocolate chips in the center of each hot cookie.
- When chocolate has softened, spread over top and sprinkle with balance of walnuts.
- Remove to wire rack and cool.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.