These cookies may look like they’re made with cocoa powder, but they’re actually made with coffee flour! Coffee flour is made from the fruit of coffee berries, a byproduct of the coffee industry. The pulp is often used as fertilizer, but turning into flour gives us yet another use for this unique product. The flour has a fruity, tea-like flavor but has the consistency of cocoa powder, which means that it is easy to incorporate into recipes (because it can be used very much like cocoa powder) and it will bring its own unique flavor to every dish it is used in.
These Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies use a combination of coffee flour and all purpose flour to produce fudgy, chewy cookies that are absolutely delicious. Some of the subtle tea-like flavors of the coffee flour are lost in baking, but all of its fruitiness makes it into the cookies. As a result, the cookies really remind me of high quality, fruity dark chocolate even though the only chocolate in them comes from the chocolate chips. To maintain the brownie-like texture, I only used a very small amount of baking soda, so they are dense, tender and packed with flavor.
The cookies will keep well for several days after baking if stored in an airtight container, maintaining their addictive and chewy texture. If you want to play up the fact that there is coffee in these cookies, you could stir in some crushed chocolate covered coffee beans in place of some of the chocolate chips to add both chocolate and some coffee crunch. The recipe can also be doubled if you need a bigger batch.
Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup coffee flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, coffee flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Blend in egg and vanilla extract, then gradually blend in the flour mixture with the mixer on low speed until all the ingredients have been well-incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are set and slightly firm around the edges. Allow cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies