Friday, December 14, 2012

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies 2

You were right.

So many of you who had lost a pet reached out to me and told me it will get better with time, and it has, a little.

That first week had me feeling like I would never have joy back in my heart again. I could feel myself slipping into a bad place. No ambition to do anything. No laughing, no smiling, just lots of tears and still feeling like the void in my life would keep me mourning forever.

Each day is gets a tiny bit easier. I'm really trying to focus on the love and happiness that Moose brought into our lives. I know we gave him the best life we could. We just all still miss him so. I am trying to get back to normal, really I am.

Part of that process was finding joy in the kitchen again. Making Christmas cookies was always one of my most favorite things to do and I didn't want to lose that this year. So even though my baby wasn't sitting close by waiting for anything to hit the floor, I got back in there baked, and it felt pretty good.

Baby steps.

I first made these cookies way back in 2008 when my blog was in it's infancy.

My photos were horrible! It's kind of comical looking back at them. Take a photo in natural light? Why I never thought of that, lol.

If you love chocolate you'll love these cookies.If you know a coffee lover, they will LOVE these cookies.

Filled with lots of bold chocolate flavor, chocolate chips and a dash of espresso powder, they are great addition to your holiday cookie list.

I dare you to find a better cookie to go with a big cold glass of milk!

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies 1

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies
recipe from Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
Yields – 3 dozen
3 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
½ cup butter (1 stick), cubed
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso granules
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan melt the unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, butter and the coffee/espresso granules. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl beat the sugar and eggs for 3 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in the chocolate mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture. Stir in remaining chips.

Drop by the heaping teaspoon full 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I use a small cookie scoop. Bake for 350 for 10-12 minutes or until puffed and the tops are cracked. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

13 comments:

PaintedThread said...

They look delicious (and beautiful).

Liz said...

I didn't go through anything like that recently, but I have been in a major funk. I made myself bake to try to get past it. It's amazing how much a batch of shortbread lifted my spirits.

All my best to you!

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Jackie said...

Sorry to hear about your sweet puppy Lisa! I hope to make these yummy cookies tomorrow, they look amazing!

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

I can't have caffeine but these cookies look delicious!

Jackie said...

Tried them.....love them, but mine turned out a bit flatter than the ones pictured here.

Debby Foodiewife said...

I'm not a HUGE chocolate fan. I mean I like it, but I'll pick lemon anyday. HOWEVER, I find myself craving a chocolate cookie, with some peppermint thrown in. I was searching through my cookbooks, and came up flat. I don't want to add cocoa! So, here's your recipe and it's exactly what I want. I love adding coffee to chocolate recipes. It kicks the flavor up a few notches more to nirvana. I'm so glad that you found baking therapy to be helpful. It works for me, at times. One day, when it's meant to be, another furry friend will be blessed to find their way into your heart. It can't replace moose, but it's a whole new chapter. I hope that happens for you.

Heather Spooner said...

I'm so glad to hear the whisper of healing has arrived. I shared earlier about losing my beloved kitty at Thanksgiving. Just this week, I teared up in Walmart, of all places, because I saw a display of her favorite treats. Baby steps, just like you said. Know you are loved.

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Anyone out there NOT a fan of coffee?

For those who might be put off....DON'T BE.

The coffee in these cookies only enhances the chocolate flavor - in an amazing way, I might add.

The coffee did NOT, in my, ahem, "testing" give the cookies a coffee flavor.

(Similar to how a few grains of cayenne can enhance a cup of hot chocolate but not give a hot pepper taste.)

This recipe from Lisa is my go-to recipe for chocolate lovers. Highly recommend!

~ Dana

Monica H said...

I made these last night and used a small cookie scoop (about an inch wide) and got 6 dozen cookies from one batch!

Also the batter was kind of sticky and wet looking, but by the time I got the last dozen in the oven, the batter was thick and brownie/cookie dough like and much stiffer. So the first sheet of cookies came out looking different than the last. Any thoughts?

Monica

Lisa Ghenne said...

Hmmm, A few of you have said yours turned out flatter than mine? I'm not quite sure why? I used a scoop for the batter, pre-heated the oven. I do return the batter to the fridge in between batches, but my first batch comes out the same as the last. I'm really at a loss ladies. At least they still taste great right? Sorry! Lisa

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