Espresso chocolate chunk cookies

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Espresso chocolate chunk cookies




Ingredients:



1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each baking powder and salt

6 oz (175 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped, about 1 1/4 cups (310 mL)

1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter

1 tbsp (15 mL) instant espresso powder

3/4 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

1 cup (125 mL) chocolate chips or chunks

1/2 cup (80 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup (80 mL) chopped toasted pecans or walnuts

1/4 cup (60 mL) chocolate-covered espresso beans (optional)

2 tbsp icing sugar



Instructions:



In a small bowl, whisk flour with baking powder and salt.



In the top of a double boiler (or micowave) melt chocolate with butter and espresso powder. Scrape into a large bowl. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, 1 at a time until blended, then vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut, pecans or walnuts, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Refrigerate to let dough firm up slightly, about 1 hour.



Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).



Drop dough by tablespoons on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Bake on middle rack in preheated oven until just set on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Leave on baking sheet for about 1 minute so that cookies firm up enough to transfer to a rack. Cool completely.



Sprinkle with icing sugar when completely cooled.



Makes 3 dozen cookies.



Submitted by Maria P.

Brampton, ON