Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Cookies - Mocha Truffles

I've been baking a lot this past week or so - I think I've gone through 4 dozen eggs! I brought trays of cookies to the teachers at Jack's and Ben's schools, and I'm in the process of making cinnamon rolls. I'm going to post some of my favorite cookie recipes in separate posts.

I love these Mocha Truffles - they are a cookie but truffle-like in texture. They are not the most beautiful cookies ever, but for pure chocolate-y goodness, they are hard to beat. This year I came up with a peppermint version that I liked a lot, too. I found the original recipe on the Cooking Light board, but I've changed it quite a bit.

Mocha Truffle Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour, all-purpose
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, checking every 30 seconds. Add instant coffee and blend well. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla to coffee mixture. Add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.Round into small one-inch balls and bake on greased cookie sheets.Bake at 350 degrees for six minutes.

Peppermint Mocha Truffles

Follow the recipe above, but add 1/2 t. peppermint extract with the vanilla and 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or pepper mint candy with the chocolate chips. When the cookies come out of the oven, gently press more crushed candy cane pieces on the tops. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Note: This year I doubled the original recipe, then divided the dough in half and added the extract and candy cane pieces. It was a quick way to make two different kinds of cookies!


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