Cappuccino Cookies with espresso and white chocolate

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I might have a problem.

I check the weather.  I sometimes watch the news… just for the weather.  I’m obsessed with the weather.

See… if it’s raining then I can’t go for a bike ride.  If I can’t go for a bike ride then I have to find some sort of other exercise to do to keep my crazy brain from going crazy.  If I can’t find another exercise to do then I just end up doing halfass yoga in my living room for like… three minutes, before I get bored.  If I get bored then I start plucking my eyebrows and trying on random lipsticks in my medicine cabinet.  If I try on too many lipsticks I walk around my house looking like a lady of the night (you know…), and I really hate when that happens.

… Then the day is over and all I have to show for it is smeared lipstick on my face, the wine I’m drinking in despair, my cat, and episodes of Top Chef and Teen Mom 2.   See what I’m dealing with here?

I checked the weather for tomorrow.  The weather icons show a sun (promising), clouds (uh-oh), rain drops (craptown) and a thunderbolt (oh, come on!).  Seriously?!  Who is in charge here?

What am I supposed to do with that!?  LipstickWineCatlady is soooo not a good look for me.

cappuccino cookies

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One of the other things I do on rainy days (besides being a crazy cat lady) is make cookies.

Let’s be honest… I make cookies almost every day.  I need no excuse or water from the sky.

These are just like chocolate chip cookies with white chocolate and spiked with instant espresso powder.  Are you with me?

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Do you use instant espresso powder?  I love it in baking.  Instant espresso powder really kicks up the flavor in a chocolate recipe and it’s a great way to sneak in a coffee flavor without crunching down on ground coffee beans.  The finer the instant espresso powder is the easier it will dissolve into the cookies.  I used a slightly chunkier instant powder and so my cookies had tiny bits of coffee.  I loved it.  Close your eyes and pretend that the white chocolate chunks are the cream in your cappuccino.  Yea.  Good.

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Cappuccino Cookies

Makes: about 2 dozen cookies

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1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons instant espresso or coffee powder

1 cup white chocolate chunks

Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside and we’ll preheat the oven after we chill the dough.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and instant espresso powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Stop the mixer and scrape down the butter mixture with a spatula.  Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed until mixture is fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla extract. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients, all at once to the butter mixture.  Beat on low speed until just combined.  Stop the mixer, add the chocolate chunks and fold together with a  spatula until well combined.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

Just before you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop cookie dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto the prepared baking pans.  Bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.  Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store cookies in an airtight container.  Cookies will last several days.  They’re yummy.

313 thoughts on “Cappuccino Cookies with espresso and white chocolate

  1. HA HA, you really make me laugh!!! I’m also (nearly) a crazy cat lady….only have 3 of my own…but have a cattery here at my house – so I have foster kitties in my spare room or some random cat somewhere it generally shouldn’t be most of the time :)
    Sending you lots of sunshine (AS WE GOT WAAAAAY TO MUCH AT TH MO!!!) from beautiful Cape Town (South Africa) as well as smiles while you eating your cookies (or biscuits as we crazy people here call them) or riding on your bike, jittering about with the thunderbolts or dodging the lightning perhaps ;) tee hee ENJOY!

  2. Here us my problem when it rains, I cook, bake and then eat too much. But the nice thing is that I get to experiment with recipes, lots of recipes. I also get to look for food blogs like yours and get to cook, bake, eat and try more recipes. Hey life isn’t perfect I still have to work out after all this excitement on rainy days. Paulette

    1. Oh dear, if I only baked when it rained I’d be in a heap of trouble! Here in Las Vegas we have less than 10 days of rain a year!! Am making these tonight for a very boring 4-hour meeting tomorrow :-)

  3. Reading this blog makes me crave. Few days ago for the first time I made cookies using coffee and chocolate and make double chocolate coffee daim cookie. They are really addictive and irresistable. Did you manage to contain your willpower?:)

  4. These are fabulous! I’m so definitely going to bake these. My boyfriend and I both love love coffee. And whilst I have a sweet tooth, he doesn’t So I’m going to swap the white choc chunks with dark choc chunks – the only type of chocolate he eats! I’m salivating with just the thought of these cookies! Thanks Joy for posting the recipe. :-)

    PS: I’m obsessed with the weather as well. If you lived in Wellington (New Zealand), you would be too. Its not unusual to have 4 seasons in one day! I check the news, internet, radio and even txt for weather reports. Sticking my arm out of my window to get a ‘feel’ sometimes works too – so that I know whether I need a cardigan or jacket.

  5. I love adding coffee pwd to my chocolate pudding, mousse, cake..really love the coffee chocolate combo, but never thought of adding it to white chocolate.Must try!

  6. I just love this little addition of coffee, I will try them as soon as possible, but I still have so many cookies left to eat, luckily some friends are coming over for coffee in a few minutes!

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