Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thirty Second Thursdays: A Caffeine Jolt

My friend is amidst qualifying exams for her PhD work in mechanical engineering. This means months and months of studying for three thirty minute technical oral exams at a white board; in other words: months of long hours and late nights. So, in her final weeks, I sent off a batch of these tasty (caffeinated) cookies!

Jumpin' Java Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant hazelnut coffee (or plain + 1 tsp hazelnut extract)
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs ground flax
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Whisk together sugar, oil hot water, and instant coffee until coffee is completely dissolved. Add vanilla and flax, allowing to rest for a minute or two.
2, Sift flour, salt, and baking soda over wet ingredients. Mix only until combined then fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spoon tablespoons of dough onto a lined/greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes, until starting to brown and set, but still pretty soft to the touch. They will harden as they cool. 

"Dangerously delicious...satisfyingly crunchy" -RZP

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