COFFEE-CHOCOLATE NUTTY "FIREHOUSE COOKIES"

 

In memory of Dave Elfstrom

In 2012, Mike's Mom's husband, Dave Elfstrom, left this world.  Dave loved coffee, and Kathy tells us he pretty much liked any kind of cookie, so when we were researching cookie recipes to make a memory cookie for him, we looked for a cookie that might pair well with coffee.  Lo and behold, even better than that, we found one with coffee IN it!  As he had been a firefighter, we thought this recipe from the Roseville, CA firehouse would be a fitting tribute

 

 

3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarse chopped                1 tbl. instant espresso powder (or instant coffee)

1/2 c. plus 2 tbl. butter, softened                                   1 1/2 c.flour, sifted

1 1/3 c. packed dark brown sugar                                  1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs (or egg replacer)                                                 1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla                                                                3/4 c. macadamia nuts (we used macadamias & cashews)

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease two cookie sheets (or use parchment); set aside.

 

Melt chocolate in a double boiler set over barely simmering water. (Or melt in the microwave at 50% power-- but be careful not to scorch!)  Allow to cool to room temperature.

 

In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg is added.  Beat in the vanilla and the espresso/coffee powder.  Gradually add the flour, beating well after each addition until just combined, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Add baking soda and salt.  Mix in the melted chocolate, and then the nuts.  Drop batter by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet, leaving space between cookies.

 

Bake until soft and lightly crisped around the edges, or about 12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.  Cool on wire racks.

 

 

 

 

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