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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies

This recipe calls for Cashews but I didn't have any around so I left them out.

This batch turned out a little more crispy than I would like so I think next time I will cut down on the baking time. That being said, they are DELICIOUS!

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies
Adapted from David Lebovitz’s cookbook
The Great Book of Chocolate


1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cashews, toasted and chopped
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions: Makes About 24 Cookies
Preheat oven to 325° F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or oil them lightly with vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder. Mix well, stopping once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix into the creamed butter mixture, scraping again. Stir in the cashews and chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough into large (1/4 cup) balls, arranging them at least 2 inches apart, 8 on each baking sheet. Bake until the cookies are just flat, 20 to 25 minutes, turning and rotating the baking sheets as necessary for even baking. Let cool about 10 minutes before transferring from the baking sheet to the cooling rack. Once cool, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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