Cookies to Wake Up To
In my world, these cookies are breakfast all in one bite.
After all, you’ve got your whole wheat, your maple syrup, and your coffee — all in one lovely, little package.
“Coffee Chip Cookies” bake up crispy on the edges, cakey-tender inside and with an interior the hue of a barista’s perfectly pulled espresso.
They’re sweetened with one cup of maple syrup (use Grade B for a more pronounced maple flavor). But they sport a subtle bitter, earthy edge from the instant espresso powder that’s stirred into the dough, as well as a heap of semisweet chocolate chips.
The recipe is from the “The Maple Syrup Cookbook” (Storey Books) by food writer Ken Haedrich.
I decided to up the maple factor by substituting half of the 1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips for King Arthur Flour’s Maple Flav-R-Bites, which I recently got a sample bag to try. These little, hard pellets (the size of lentils) soften up when baked, but still retain a little toothsomeness. They add a burst of maple goodness every time you bite into one in any kind of baked good.
Withe a flavor reminiscent of a strong cup of Joe and whole wheat pancakes drenched in syrup, these cookies are sure to perk you up any time of day.
Coffee Chip Cookies
(makes about 2 1/2 dozen)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup pure maple syrup, at room temperature (use Grade B for added flavor)
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee
2 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or almond extract
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup unbleached or all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup King Arthur Maple Flav-R-Bites (or just use more semisweet chocolate chips instead)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, slowly drizzling in maple syrup. Dissolve espresso powder in the hot water and beat in, along with vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, toss flours, walnuts, baking soda, and salt to mix. Stir into creamed mixture, in several stages, until flour is incorporated. Stir in chocolate and maple bites; don’t beat the batter.
Let batter sit for several minutes, then drop slightly mounded tablespoons of batter onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between mounds. Bake for about 15 minutes — only one sheet at a time — just until edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Adapted from ” Maple Syrup Cookbook” by Ken Haedrich
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These looks so good…I never knew they made maple bites…. Do you deliver for morning coffee?
Delightful! I would get up during the night to eat them. ;-P
Those look amazing! I’d love to have about four of those right now.
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I’m supposed to be in bed but your first picture wakes me up 😀 And that cup of coffee wakes me up even further. Now I’m fully awake…haha. Think I’ll dream of it tonight 😀 Love those cookies. Look very delicious….yum
These look delicious…but what really gets me is that cup of coffee! Perfectly brewed!
These are delicious. Now I know what chips you used in them! 😉
I agree, these cookies are a complete breakfast! And they are defintely worth waking up for. 😉 I’ll be on the lookout for those maple pellets, they sound delicious!
Shut! Up! I want these now. I love maple syrup. Love it. I’m wondering about using cocoa nibs, too. I mean, if you’re going, you might as well go.
These sound amazing, perfect for breakfast with coffee! I would love to find those Maple Flav-R-Bites!
Well I think that a day couldn’t help but start out brilliantly with these babies! 😮
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to these lovely things? They sound perfect with a good cup of coffee!
I would love to wake up to these cookies too! Perfect with a hot cuppa 🙂 Gorgeous pics!
How great! I am such a coffee lover — and OBVIOUSLY a chocolate chip lover too. Perfect combination. A double pick-me-up!
um…why don’t i know about those chips? why don’t i have any in my possession? it’s just wrong.
I am in love, these look amazing.
that cup of coffee has memesmerized and I am curious about those maple pellets… can you eat them plain? I have a weakness for those maple candies shaped like leaves! Hope your holidays are very festive Foodgal!
I recently bought the Cinnamon Flavor Bites from King Arthur but haven’t used them yet. Do you soak your Flavor Bites in the maple syrup or other liquid before using? I read that it would make them softer in the final product. In this recipe, What is the texture of the Flavor Bites once the cookies are cooked? This recipe sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it.
Dianna: I did not soak my Maple Flavor Bites before incorporating them into the dough. After baking, they’re not super hard. Hmmm, I would say it’s similar to a chocolate chip you eat right out of the bag. It’s a little toothsome, but there’s a little give, too.
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