Thursday, April 2, 2009

espresso almond chocolate chip cookies

Two of my favorite things in the world are coffee and chocolate, so when I happened upon this recipe, I couldn't wait to try it. I love the idea of chocolate chip cookies, but they can just be so boring sometimes. Adding something unexpected like sea salt or cayenne papper or espresso is such an easy way to enhance an otherwise plain chocolate chip cookie. The coffee flavor in these cookies isn't overpowering at all, in fact I may add more next time! These might be my new favorite cookie.

Espresso Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon ground coffee
2/3 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped almonds

Preheat the oven to 350*F. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and oil. Beat in egg. Add vanilla and blend. Add dry ingredients in order, mixing after each. Dough will be sticky, so refrigerate for 30 minutes or so to make it easier to work with. Roll heaping teaspoons into balls, flatten to 1/3 of an inch, and place on cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes. Let stand two minutes and remove to cool. Makes about 30 cookies

original recipe found here

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