Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, room temperature
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 to 1 1/2 T. instant coffee granules*

1.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2.  Place instant coffee granules in a small zip-top plastic bag.  Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a drinking glass, gently crush granules into a powder.  Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy.  Beat in eggs.  Gradually add flour mixture; mix well.  Stir in coffee granule powder, and then stir in chocolate chips.

4.  Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  
(For soft cookies, the cookies should still look a bit uncooked in the middle when you take them out of the oven.)  Let cookies stand on the pan for about a minute before removing to a cooling rack.

* I use 1 T. instant coffee granules for a subtle coffee flavor.  If you would like more pronounced coffee flavor, use 1 1/2 T.


Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground