This past weekend, my parents headed out of town to visit my grandparents, so they asked if I could puppy-sit their 4-month-old golden retriever. “Sure, not a problem!” I thought, seeing as I used to dog-sit a couple of goldens down the street before we recently moved. Famous last words thoughts…
My parents are early birds. As in wake-up-before-5-when-it’s-pitch-black-and-freezing-outside early birds, and of course, their pup had gotten used to waking up at that insane hour too. So before the sun even hinted at rising, he started sighing and softly whining in his kennel, practically like a little kid on Christmas. “Can I get up now? Is it time? Is it time?”
Since I had turned off the lights after midnight the night before to finish up work, I groggily threw off the covers, let him outside to take care of business, and set down his big bowl of food for breakfast. By that time, the construction crew had arrived to continue the kitchen remodel. With their banging, joking, and singing along to the radio, no way was I going to get a nap in!
Needless to say, caffeine was a complete requirement. Coffee, tea, espresso—anything and everything—to make it through the day. Loaded up with a chai latte in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, and these Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies as a sweet pick-me-up, I made it all the way ’til bedtime… And still managed to do it again the next 2 days!
I ate a lot of cookies.
So let’s talk about them!
You know how Oreos are crunchy and crumbly? These bad boys are the exact opposite. They still have the same deep dark chocolate flavor, but they’re soft and chewy and fudgy, practically as if you crossed brownies with cookies. That alone makes them absolutely addictive!
But then you add in the coffee, and the cookies skyrocket to another universe… They’re so rich!! Yet still perfectly balanced. Despite both having strong flavors, neither the dark chocolate nor coffee dominates the palate. The chocolate hits first, while the coffee notes stay in the background until you swallow, and then they linger a little longer on your tongue.
You’ll need instant coffee to make these, not regular coffee grounds. We need the kind that dissolves in water—or in this case, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Be patient when mixing it in! As soon as you begin stirring, the coffee immediately sticks to the fork and looks like a large lump of coal, but if you run the fork back and forth against the side of the bowl, that friction will help the coffee dissolve.
Hang in there! It takes a few minutes, but it’ll dissolve. I promise. And if you still have a couple of tiny granules after 5+ minutes of stirring, just discard those.
I mixed both regular and miniature chocolate chips into the dough. As almost the same color as the cookies, they’re camouflaged after baking, so it’s a sweet surprise every time you bite into one. Chocolaty magic happens every time you hit one of the bigger ones… Like a melty explosion of goodness in those bites! But I still want every bite to contain at least a little bit of chocolate, without too many extra calories from lots of big chips, so I tossed in the minis too.
When the time comes to bake, the cookie dough will still be very soft and somewhat tacky. Use two spoons and a spatula to drop and shape it into rounded mounds on the baking sheet. Flatten it ever so slightly too. Most low-fat cookies do not spread in the oven, so flattening the dough gives it a “spreading head start.”
Bake these cookies for 9-11 minutes—no more! The cookies will look and feel underdone when you pull them out, but we’ll let them sit on the warm baking sheet for 10 minutes. This allows the centers to finish cooking through without the outsides turning crisp and crunchy. It’s how we get their texture to be so fudgy and downright irresistible!
I know I just told you in my last post that I normally give away most of my baked goods, but… I saved every single one of these Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies for myself. I didn’t share any! I’m absolutely addicted to their fudgy brownie-like texture and extremely rich flavor. I’m already considering keeping a permanent stash on hand!