This cookie is as close as you can get to fudge without going through the trouble of making fudge. It’s dense and rich, and the centers are soft and fudge-y. You know I like my cookies with milk, but another jolt of coffee to go with them would be a welcome fit.
Mocha Fudgies are among my favorite kinds of cookies to make because much of the work is done in the microwave and I don’t have to bring out the mixer. Also, because the butter is melted and not softened, I can have cookie dough made and baked in about 30 minutes. At least the first batch, anyway.
So many of us like to make cookies ahead and freeze them and Mocha Fudges are good candidates. Make sure they are completely cool before storing in air-tight containers. I use zipper-close bags and push as much of the air out as possible. Sometime I slip a straw into the opening and suck out the air. My low-tech Cryovac system!
When Mocha Fudgies come out of the oven, they will be soft and could fall apart if you don’t let them cool for a bit. They firm as they cool. You will know they are done when you check them in the oven because they will look dry and slightly dull colored.
Not to worry though, these cookies are anything but dull. Consider making two batches. They will go that quickly.
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips, divided use
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Melt butter or margarine and the ½ cup of chocolate chips in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in coffee crystals; cool 5 minutes. Stir in sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir into coffee mixture. Stir in the cup of chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased cookie sheets.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove and cool on wire racks.