Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Double Chocolate and Espresso Cookies

OMG these could have the word chocolate in there two more times and yet not accurately describe the level of dark goodness.

Be warned.  Unlike other recipes where the coffee only serves to enhance its friend the chocolate, the coffee has full billing here so if you dont like coffee these may not be for you.

The only change I made was to use dark chocolate the whole way instead of the semi sweet called for.  Also I find the directions as written to be cumbersome, so I have re-written them the way I did it.

Chocolate-Espresso Cookies (Inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis)
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (again, I used Ghirardelli)
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, finely chop the chocolate covered espresso beans. In a medium bowl, whisk together the chopped espresso beans, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, water, and vanilla extract. Gradually add the dry ingredients and stir until thick and smooth.

In a small bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Fold in the melted chocolate. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop level 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake until slightly puffed and the tops begin to crack, 18 to 20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets and serve.

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