Midnight Espresso Crinkles

These mocha-flavored cookies literally sparkle, thanks to a quick dip in sugar before baking.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

6
oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
cup granulated sugar
1
cup packed brown sugar
2
eggs
2
tablespoons instant coffee or espresso coffee granules
2
tablespoons water
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
cups all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup dark chocolate chips (from 12-oz bag)
1/4
cup decorator sugar crystals
  • 1 In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chocolate uncovered on High 1 minute. Stir; microwave 1 minute longer, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat butter, oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate and eggs until well blended.
  • 3 In small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in water. Add coffee mixture and vanilla to batter; beat until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes for easier handling.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Place sugar crystals in small bowl. Shape dough by rounded tablespoonfuls into 1 1/2-inch balls; dip tops of balls in sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls, sugar sides up, 3 inches apart.
  • 5 Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until tops look dry (do not overbake). Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

Expert Tips

Semisweet chocolate chips can be substituted for the dark chips.

These cookies are like fudgy brownies—slightly soft when done. They won’t feel set if you gently tap them, but the tops will look dry.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
14g
14%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.