Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Way back, for Christmas 2016, (long...long ago... :P) I drew Michael's Uncle Jim for his family's "Kris Kinder" gift exchange. It's essentially secret santa but with homemade gifts. Kayle is not crafty. So whoever Kayle draws always receives foodstuffs. And Uncle Jim is a big coffee guys SO I decided to make the most amazing, complex, and coffee-flavored cookies I could. And I think I succeeded in my goal.
Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
So pretty much I just took a great chocolate chip cookie base recipe and added instant espresso to the dough and THEN, instead of adding chocolate chunks, I chopped up chocolate covered espresso beans. It really brings the coffee factor up to optimal levels, methinks.
Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
The cookies were chewy and fairly firm, yet gooey (when warm), and seriously...if you like cookies...espresso...and chocolate, you're gonna be a fan. Michael tried one to assure me that they were good. And Uncle Jim seemed very pleased with his gift! I'm pretty pleased with this recipe. I think you will be too <3

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 24 cookies.
Ingredients:

  • 18 tbsp. unsalted butter, browned and cooled
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (+ extra kosher or sea salt for sprinkling)
  • 3 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 2 cups (or 12 oz.) chopped chocolate covered espresso beans
  • 1 and 3/4 cups oat flour (to make homemade oat flour, process oats in a food processor until a fine, flour like consistency)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Preparation:

  • At least a couple hours before you're ready to bake the cookies:
    • Brown the butter: Place butter in a (preferably light colored) saucepan and melt over medium heat. Whisk constantly as the butter foams, bubbles, and eventually turns an amber color and small brown bits form. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a large, heatproof, bowl (make sure to scrape in all the little brown bits). Let cool until it becomes solid, but still soft, again.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a large cooking sheet (spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat).
  • Beat together the cooled browned butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla.
  • Mix in baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Mix in chopped chocolate covered espresso beans.
  • Mix in oat flour until fully combined, then carefully stir in all purpose flour-do not overmix!
  • Scoop large rounds of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt.
  • Bake about 9 minutes, until firm around the edges.
  • Cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Something Saturdays (1/14/17)

BIG NEWS BIG NEWS BIG NEWSSSSS!!!! OK-so. You remember my brother, Josh, who's in the airforce and stationed in Hawaii? Remember how him and his girlfriend, Jill, visited recently? WELL-they got freakin' engaged last week!!! EEEEE-my baby brother is getting married!!!!!!!!!!!! And I adore her. Omigosh I do. This is so surreal and exciting. I can't even, guys. (I would also like to note that my best friend got engaged a couple weeks ago so suffice it to say I'm an emotional wreck right now).

*deep breath* Anyway. Last weekend my friend Kinsley's wedding was BEAUTIFUL. Super cool and unique and beautiful and the food was amazing (and hellooooo THERE WAS A S'MORES BAR!!!) Sunday, Michael's friend David came over and helped us out with some projects, including: shopping for shelves for the basement, installing our new faucet (it's this one, if you're curious, and I LOVE IT), putting together our treadmill, and hanging a few things up on the walls. It was a VERY productive day! Monday I got stuff done at home and also sort of got sucked into a hole of gathering potential wedding info for my brother...Tuesday my cousin Brianna came and hung out and we did a little scrapbooking and baked cookies. Wednesday I had an audition for a commercial (I didn't get it, that's ok, though!) and then I spent the day with Michael's stepmom and dad (me and Jeanne went to Hudson and walked around and had lunch and then went back to their house and hung out). Thursday I did some cleaning and such. Friday I had a business meeting with my boss for Perfectly Planned (wedding planning) and then we met with a potential bride! Fun fun fun. Today, Michael and I are running some errands and getting some stuff done before having his friend AJ and his wife Sarah over for dinner!

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