Coffee Bean Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen                                                                                                          

1 cup butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup chocolate covered coffee beans

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy; add sugars and beat well. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.

2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture.  Stir in chocolate covered coffee beans and semisweet chips.  Cover dough and chill for 20 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop dough by the heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  (These spread quite a bit during baking, so I suggest you follow the heaping teaspoon direction.) Bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden.  

4. Let cool on cookie sheets until cookies are rigid enough to transport to a cooling rack.  Let cool completely. 

Tip: Press a few extra chocolate chips and chocolate covered coffee beans into the tops of drop cookies before they bake.  This makes the star ingredients visible in the finished cookie.