After a one month reprieve, we’re back! For the Secret Recipe Club this month, I was paired with Ginny of Cooking with Chopin. When Ginny’s site loaded on my computer screen, I immediately chuckled and knew I was going to love her and be able to relate to her life. The full title proudly displays across the header of her site and reads, “Cooking with Chopin. Living with Elmo.” Oh that is definitely my life! Somewhere in between Elmo, Noodle & Doodle and Super Why, I’m still an adult listening to classical music while I cook peacefully in my kitchen.
These days the cooking in my kitchen is less peacefully, more harried. Baking is messier and sometimes a guessing game as little hands measure a little too much or too little. The tradeoff is a culinary experience that creates memories for my girls and I, ones that I truly hope they will cherish as much as I do. These cookies are perfect for baking with young children or for when you want a fuss-free, quick treat. They come together in a flash with the help of a boxed cake mix that gets doctored up a bit. Oh and if you like coffee, you’re in for a treat. These are for the over the top coffee lover because they pack a serious java punch.
Chocolate cookies with a bit of espresso powder are reason enough to bake a batch but then you toss in some of my new favorite ingredients, King Arthur Flour Cappuccino Chips and Yowza!! You have the one of the best cookies I’ve ever baked and I have Ginny to thank for the base recipe. She made it so hard to pick a recipe. Her site is filled with delights that had me making a gigantic list of things I wanted to bake. Ginny’s English Toffee Bars sound incredible or how about some Nutella Chocolate ChunkGranola? This Pear Cobbler sounds perfect for these cool months and her Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Loaf will definitely be made in my kitchen in the very near future.
I even considered making something that required no cooking or eating for that matter. Ginny tried a homemade face mask containing some yummy ingredients and even posted a picture of her gorgeous face with it on. I loved Cooking with Chopin and Ginny has gained a reader for life. I adore her site and I know you will too. In the meantime, whip up a batch of the chocolate coffee cookies and then head on over and say hi to Ginny. These were a hit at home, even the little ones loved their big coffee flavor.
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Chocolate espresso cookies scattered with cappuccino chips for the ultimate coffee lover's cookie.
- 1 package Dark Chocolate cake mix
- 1/2 tablespoon espresso powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup King Arthur Flour Cappuccino Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, espresso powder and brown sugar. Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir until well blended.
- Add the cappuccino chips and stir to distribute.
- Drop by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then move to cooling rack.
Adapted from Cooking with Chopin
Now I can’t wait to see all the other Secret Recipe Club recipes for this month!