Intensely mocha chocolate cookies with a thick, rich chocolate frosting!
We needed cookies, plain and simple. I had it in my head that I wanted to make these mocha cookies. I love the taste of chocolate and coffee, and these particular cookies have a really wonderful frosting that reminds me of Texas Sheet Cake with a hint of mocha. The cookies are soft and moist with chocolate chunks filling each bite.
I had received a gift card to Sur La Table for my birthday and have been itching to spend it. I got online to stake it out and thought I knew what I wanted to buy. I was planning on buying some fancy pants chocolates just for these particular mocha cookies! I was so happy, I was a woman with a plan!
There is a store near our church, since I was going to be volunteering on Sunday, I figured I could take the opportunity to shop BY MYSELF!!! You don’t know how rare that is!!! I love my kids dearly, I really do, but I hate shopping with them! They are extremely impatient and nag me incessantly until I just give up and rush through my shopping, inevitably forgetting half my list! Sometimes they just hustle me for stuff like candy or silly toys. I couldn’t have them dragging me down on this trip, I needed total concentration!
Usually, when I receive gift cards, I spend so much time deliberating as to what to by myself, that I get flustered and end up making poor decisions. Well, I fear it happened again. Sure La Table is so dang overwhelming! Where do I look first???? Do I want pink, frilly little cupcake wrappers? Do I want a mini tart pan? An extra-large pizza cutter? How about a pastry brush? Perhaps I need ice cream molds? Crap, it’s just all too much pressure! I glanced at the Guittard Chocolates for the mocha cookies but changed my mind. Thought about espresso powder, but knew I could use coffee for my cookie recipe. The ladies who worked there repeatedly asked if I needed help. I either looked completely lost or very suspicious. After milling inside there for well over an hour, I left with a sifter, a bowl, a spatula and another set of measuring cups. I got in the car feeling a bit deflated. Once again, I purchased poorly.
I made my mocha cookies when I came home and I am happy to report that they tasted divine! I am sure it’s because they were made in my new bowl, with ingredients measured in my new pink cups and mixed by hand with my new rubber spatula! Perhaps it was a successful trip after all!
Chocolate Chunk Mocha Cookies
Chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and a hint of espresso are topped with a rich mocha frosting.
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1 11.5oz chocolate chunks
- For the frosting
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 t vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla Mix in eggs one at a time, until completely blended. Slowly add in flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chunks.
- Drop by large tablespoon fulls onto a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost with mocha frosting.
- For the frosting
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Stir. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar stirring until completely smooth and thick enough to spread.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living