So how the heck do I get my butt in gear?
Sugar and caffeine, of course. The two keystones to any good holiday season.
A lot of people reach for their good old cup of coffee. But I'm not a fan of those big Startbucks mocha-frappu-cappu-lattes that taste remotely like stale gingerbread dipped in eggnog. (I seriously don't know how you people can suck down those things). I have to get my energy in one bite so I can quickly get back to hanging tacky Christmas lights. Or parking my tookus in front of the TV so I can watch Home Alone. These little cookies that I've developed fit easily in your pie-hole, just in case you need a quick pick-me-up while you spend hours on ebay, trying to find that stuffed jackalope for your sister (true story).
The espresso cocoa cookie's big flavour makes up for it's small size. The texture is soft, crumbly, and incredibly addictive. The coffee taste is big and bold, but it's perfectly balanced with the deep dark chocolate. Even non-espresso lovers like these cookies. And by "like", I mean "make completely disappear". I guess they had a lot of shopping to do.
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cups + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 large eggs
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips