coffee and chip chunkers

until recently, i really wasn’t a big coffee drinker. but lately, i find a cup of green mountain breakfast blend hits the spot – it’s quite yummy! i know out here in seattle, coffee is quite a dominant force, and it’s not surprising that coffee plays a prominent role in the repertoire of local bakers.

one such recipe is today’s cookie. it’s thick and hearty, with a mild coffee flavor that complements but doesn’t overpower the chocolate chips and the toasted pecans. and forgive me for being biased, but i do believe this is an adult cookie — though the coffee flavor is quite mild, it still seems to be more of an adult favorite!

and did i mention they look quite beautiful, and they smell positively dee-lish when they’re baking!

these are best eaten on day one, because they do tend to get very hard the next day, no matter how you store them. but do not fret, if you freeze some fresh from the cooling rack, i think you will be pleasantly surprised by how fresh they taste when you defrost them!

coffee and chip chunkers
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup baker’s sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. instant coffee
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. cream butter and both brown and white sugars until fluffy and light.
3. beat in egg and vanilla.
4. sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into wet ingredients with a wooden spoon until they are completely blended.
5. stir in instant coffee, chocolate chips and toasted, chopped pecans.
6. drop by tablespoons on the lined cookie sheets (leave about 1″ between each scoop)
7. bake for 11 minutes till cookies are somewhat golden and crisp on bottom.
8. remove from oven. allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to wire cooling rack until completely cooled.
9. enjoy!

yield: about 20 generous-sized cookies

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