Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins
These add a delicious grown-up twist to the a traditional cookie-tray favorite. I know I am guaranteed to smile when I make it each year thinking of a "baking day" full of laughter and conversation with 'Zaar chef KerrBear. From Everyday Food's December 2003 issue.***ADOPTED***
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
- 4 teaspoons instant espresso or 4 teaspoons instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (it can still be warm, just not so hot it would curdle an egg) or 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled (it can still be warm, just not so hot it would curdle an egg)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- powdered sugar, for coating
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, espresso, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
- Don't skip the sifting process.
- If you are using instant coffee, be sure to press the coffee pieces through the sieve so they become smaller grains that are totally incorporated into the cookies.
- With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
- Beat in egg until combined; mix in cooled chocolate.
- With mixer on low, add flour a little at a time.
- Then beat in milk until just combined.
- The dough will be very wet-- flatten it into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap, then freeze until firm.
- That takes about 45 minutes, but you can freeze it longer if you want to make the cookies the next day.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment or foil.
- Shape dough into one-inch balls.
- The dough is still messy, so it helps to roll very fast, and sprinkle a little powdered sugar on your hands between cookies.
- Pour powdered sugar (about 1/2 cup) into a medium bowl.
- Working with a few cookies at a time, roll the balls in sugar two times.
- Make sure they are completely coated and no dark dough is visible.
- Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart, and bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, about 12 minutes.
- Cookies will still be soft to the touch, but do not overbake.
- Cool cookies on a wire rack.