Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies : 'TWD : Baking with Julia'

I believe different cookies appeal to different personalities. This is just my personal conjecture and has no scientific nor psychiatric basis to it. For instance, I like to think the chocolate chip cookie appeals to those who like to keep it basic and don't want to mess with the classics. The white chocolate and dried cranberry cookie is for those who always keep abreast with the latest trends. The oatmeal and raisin cookie is for those who love the rustic ways of country life. The rocky road cookie, for the thrill-seekers who constantly crave for adventure.
 
And then, Dorie Greenspan tells us that these mocha chocolate chip cookies, that we made for this week's bake-together for the 'TWD:Baking with Julia' group, are the thinking person's chocolate chip cookies!! I figured I needed to bake them to figure out what she was talking about.
 
 
This is a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe with a liberal helping of coffee powder in them. It also uses more than a normal amount of chocolate chips. Two things that can never be a bad thing in my book. Coffee and chocolate are one of my favourite flavour combinations and this recipe has both of them in good measure.
 
 
The cookie dough spreads quite a bit during baking. The end product is thinner than a regular chocolate chip cookie. You'd imagine a thin cookie to be crisp but it is in fact, soft and chewy.
 
You will taste the coffee and the intensity of the coffee powder will impact the final product accordingly. I personally found the flavour balance just right.Thanks to the coffee powder and the dark chocolate chips, these are not overtly sweet. And for that reason, it may not find favour with children. These cookies are crammed with chocolate chips and like I said, that's always a good thing!!
 

These are not the prettiest cookies you will bake. Dorie Greenspan, of course, has a better way with words than me. In her words, these cookies have a 'genteel homeliness'. Like I said, she has a way with words!
 
 
The flavours are not as basic as a chocolate chip cookie. It has a subtle adult nuance that while I personally enjoyed may not be appreciated by all. If you enjoy your coffee, you'd enjoy these chocolate chip cookies with a mocha twist. As for being a thinking person's chocolate chip cookie, I prefer to call them chocolate chip cookies for grown-ups!!
 
Due to copyright considerations, only the person hosting the recipe for the group 'TWD:Baking with Julia' can post the recipe on their blog. The recipe for these cookies will be available on Peggy's blog. Else, you can mail me at bakerindisguise@gmail.com and I will mail you the recipe.

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! How's the book, by the way? I've always wanted to read it, but for some reason, haven't gotten around to it!

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    1. Thanks Jessica!! The book came highly recommended by my flatmate many years ago.. its about life's truths in simple words without being sanctimonious!!! Its not a very big book as you can see.. do pick it up!

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  2. A cookie with adult flavours is absolutely my kind of thing. Stunning photography as always :)

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    1. Thanks Nandita!! This is absolutely for coffee lovers with its mocha flavour and not being too sweet!! we really enjoyed them!!

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  3. Also always been curious about that book, every time I search for the TWD site it always comes up lol ...love your pictures.

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    1. Haha.. thats one of the reason why I decided to feature it with the photographs.. and if you see the third pic is open on a page from a chapted called 'third tuesday', which is what it was yesterday!! Like I said the book is a series of conversation between a young man and his mentor and about life's truths!! Do read it!

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  4. I love your conjectures about different cookies and completely agree! Thanks for sharing these delightful "thinking person's" cookies!

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    1. Thanks catherine!! In fact right after I posted this post, a friend wrote to me telling me she is an orange and dark chocolate!!

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  5. Sarwani, nice job with these Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies - it is wonderful to see and read that most bakers enjoyed the smell and taste of these cookies quite a bit and yours look lovely with all that dark chocolate! The flavor combination of coffee and dark chocolate is a classic and delicious one, I agree!

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    1. Thanks Andrea!! For a coffee and dark chocolate lover like me, there was no way I wouldnt love these cookies!!

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  6. Great photos, I was also intrigued by their description as the thinking person's cookies. Mine almost flopped (flat), but I think I got away with it, so all that deliciousness didn't gho to waste!

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    1. You know..I was intially worried too.. they puffed up in the intial few minutes and then just went flat.. the more i see everyone else's pics.. i think these were meant to bake thin and flattish!! anyhow, in whatever form, they were delicious!! :)

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  7. Great post and great pics. I really enjoyed reading your post. These were really good cookies. I can't wait to try making them again....and this time I might try apricots. (went with dried cherries this time)

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    1. Thank you so much.. In fact just now my mum remarked as to how next time I should include apricots! :)

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  8. I think your cookies look very pretty and I agree that different cookies appeal to different people. I happen to really like these grown-up ones. I enjoyed your post and your photos.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Elaine!!! much appreciated!! :)

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  9. I guess it had a lot of people "thinking" about adding apricots to chocolate chip cookies :-)
    I really liked these - it was a surprisingly pleasant combo.

    Lovely pictures!

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    1. Thanks Cher! Am a big fan of coffee and chocolate.. so didnt need much convincing!!

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  10. These flavours sound great together. And I love Dorie's wording too!

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    1. These flavours were brilliant together!!

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  11. Wat you want me to tell...Nothing other thanks for the cookie and for the book...first time in ur space lovey blog...just saw the movie Tuesdays with morrie awesome one,but somehow missed out and thanks for the photograph with the book.

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    1. Thank you Revathi for your kind words!!:) In fact I didnt know tuesdays with morrie has been made into a movie.. will definitely check it out!! Heading over to your blog ...Come by again!! :)

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  12. Gorgeous photos! You sure made the cookies look beautiful. Lovely post. :)

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    1. Oh.. thank you Cathleen.. you always have the nicest words!! :)

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