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!!