Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mocha Mudslides

I give these cookies a resounding "eh." They just aren't that good. They're not horrible of course, but they just don't taste like much. They definitely need way more chocolate than a 1/3 of a cup and I would say they need the chocolate chips -- either in addition to the other chips or instead of. And actually, the coffee flavor isn't that pronounced either. In fact, the Kahlua Spiked Cookies I made (and didn't blog about -- but based on this recipe from the sameKing Arthur Flour Cookie book that today's recipe came from) were much better with a rich chocolate flavor and a pronounced coffee presence. If you added cinnamon chips to those cookies I think you would get what this recipe was trying to become.

Those other cookies were met with cries of "best cookies ever" while these cookies will be eaten of course, but only because they're cookies, not because they are anything special.

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 to 5 tsps espresso powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips or cinnamon chips
1 cup cappuccino chips

Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheets (I prefer insulated) with silpats or parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the espresso powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla extract and blend until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add the flour and cocoa powder and stir until combined, then add the chips.

Scoop onto the prepared baking sheets a tablespoonful at a time and bake for 8-10 minutes -- they should be beginning to set on the edges, but still fairly soft in the middle. These should be soft cookies, not crispy.


Ben said...

vehemently disagree, O Overly-Self-Deprecating Biscuit Pusher! These cookies (or in my case, cookie) were terrific! Especially yummy with a cold soda (wanted an ice cream soda to make it just like that awesome White Stripes song, but it wasn't to be. Oh wells.)

burkie said...

every white stripes song is awesome! well,no, i guess that isn't quite true, but the white stripes are definitely awesome! and the cookie was very good too, i agree. nice texture and i love the cinnamon chips! hmmm....white stripes SOUNDS like it could be a cookie...

giz said...

I would make them just so I could say mocha mudsliders. It sounds like a women's wrestling team and then voila, out come the cookies. Ben seems to think they're fantastic so now I'm so confused...well let's just say more confused than usual

Ben said...

wow, giz made the right connection - no wonder this cookie was so awesome, it was inspired by the wonderful why-wasn't-it-at-the-Olympics sport of women's mud wrestling!

Mira said...

haha i liked the cookies but of course i'm of the opinion that they don't need more chocolate. ;) in any case, they were the perfect cookie texture for me and just not tooooo chocolatey so i was able to quite happily eat my cookie up. :)