I am not a coffee drinker, in fact, I don't think I've ever drank a full cup of coffee. I just don't like the taste of it. I love coffee flavored desserts though, and really like these Mocha Swirl Cookies that I'm sharing with you today! I love how pretty these cookies look, with their coffee speckled vanilla and dark chocolate swirl! They are buttery and have that wonderful coffee smell, and are so delicious with some milk or hot chocolate (or coffee if you're a coffee drinker!) Here's the recipe...
MOCHA SWIRL COOKIES
(Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes)
YOU WILL NEED:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
2 oz dark chocolate, melted and cooled
1. In your electric mixer bowl, cream your softened butter. Then, with the mixer running on low, add the sugar, egg and vanilla extract, until all the ingredients are combined into a smooth mixture.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer running, begin adding the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix until everything is well incorporated.
3. Now remove the dough from the mixer and divide it into two parts. Return the first half into the mixer, and add the instant coffee to it. Mix until the coffee is incorporated and the dough is speckled with the granules.
4. Next, return the other half of the dough into the mixer, and add the melted chocolate to it, and mix until the dough is smooth and chocolaty! (I absolutely love this dough, it's smooth, buttery, and smells like vanilla and chocolate = amazing!)
5. Now roll out both of the doughs between some sheets of wax paper (roll each out separately) into about a 9 x 14 inch rectangle. Place each piece of rolled out dough onto a baking sheet, cover it, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
6. Once they are ready to be taken out, top the chocolate dough with the coffee dough, and gently press them together with a rolling pin. (Make sure the dough isn't so cold that you can't work with it, you don't want it to tear or crumble because it is too cold).
7. If your dough is uneven, cut it to make a rectangle using a knife. Begin rolling the dough like a jelly roll (make sure you roll it tightly!) Roll it SLOWLY and CAREFULLY so it doesn't start tearing. Once you have your roll, wrap it in wax paper, and chill it in the fridge for up to an hour (this will make it easier to slice it). The original recipe says you should rotate the halfway through chilling, so that it doesn't get flat on one side.
8. Preheat your oven to 350 deg F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Take your roll out, and cut it into 1/4 inch slices. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
If you are looking for a new cookie recipe, try these Mocha Swirl Cookies! They taste great fresh out of the oven, but the coffee flavor is actually even more fragrant and delicious the following day! These cookies would also make a very cute addition to a gift basket for someone who loves coffee - you could pack the basket with different kinds of coffee, mugs, and some of these cookies!
Happy Baking, Everyone!
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