Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cookbook Contest!

There’s a super cookbook giveway at the end of this post, but first a little rant.

I really really wish I liked to drink coffee, but I just don’t like it. It would be SO much more convenient. Coffee is pretty much everywhere you turn, and us poor second class citizen tea drinkers are doing great if we can find some lukewarm hot water and a tea bag. It’s my favorite part of going to London…I am for once in the majority, hot-beverage-wise. Even though the last time I was there it seemed like there was a Starbucks popping up ominously on every corner. Fight back, my London friends!!

However, I mysteriously DO like the taste of coffee when it is baked into things. Say, for example, chocolate chip cookies. Say, for example, chocolate chip cookies made with a mix of dark and white chocolate chips. Say, for example, chocolate chip cookies inspired by the ever-fabulous Julia Child.

Which leads me to the awesome contest, because I have not one, not two but THREE copies of this to give you guys:

Yes I do. And it includes recipes for all kinds of fabulous Julia-inspired baked goods, including these…

There’s few things in life better than a full cookie jar on your kitchen counter, don’t you think?

So here’s what you do: leave me a comment on the bottom of this post telling me what your favorite kind of cookie is, and you will be entered into the drawing for one of these cookbooks. As always, my beloved email subscribers can enter by clicking the title of the post, which will flip you over to the actual website – you can comment there. I will announce the lucky lucky winners next Saturday, February 13, at 7pm. So bring on your cookies, and in the meantime, here’s the recipe for mine!


Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cookbook Contest!
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter, cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound chocolate chips or chunks -- any variety you like.
  1. Whisk the flour, coffee, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter in a mixer until lightened. Add granulated sugar and beat for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat for another 30 seconds. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until blended.
  3. Turn mixer speed down and add flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Add chocolate and mix until evenly blended in.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for several hours to overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat. Drop a heaping tablespoon full of dough onto sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cool on racks. Make very very sure you eat one while they are still warm.


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  1. Jess says

    I also love just plain old chocolate chip, though I'm open to new possibilities all the time! But my tried and true favorite is chocolate chip. Mmm.

  2. Posti4 says

    Kate, My favorite is strufuli.It is a family tradition for my husband and seeing my children take part in it now just makes them delicious. The cookies and the children! ha ha

  3. Andrea says

    (wiping the drool from my face after looking at your pictures)….my every day fav. is chocolate chip, but the ultimate favorite are the old fashioned frosted buttermilk sugar cookies. A friend of mine makes these around Christmas time and I literally make myself sick eating them, lol!

  4. emily says

    i love a good chocolate chip cookie. my husband makes amazing ones. only with the tollhouse recipe, but somehow mine never taste as good.

  5. Calamity Anne says

    I can't stand the taste of coffee…but I adore the smell of fresh-brewed coffee…and I do like coffee if it's had a healthy spike of Bailey's in it! My favorite cookie would have to be chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts in it! Yum!!!

  6. Marcia Molnar says

    My favorite cookie is the last one I made-
    Chocolate Caramel Cookie Brittle, the one you posted before Christmas.

    It was also everyone else's favorite!

  7. Nutmeg Nanny says

    I'm with you about drinking coffee. I remember when I was a child I used to think to myself "oh I guess when I get older I get to drink coffee like my parents"….that day never came. I don't know if this means I'm just a big kid or I truly do not enjoy drinking coffee…haha;) Although I do confess I do like iced coffee. I agree mocha flavor is awesome inside baked goods. I'm all over this cookie recipe. Now this giveaway is awesome too! Fingers and toes are crossed;) My hands down favorite cookie has to be peanut butter. I like to roll it in sugar before it gets baked and then crisscross it down with a fork….yum!

  8. kimberly says

    Toll House, with oatmeal added to the mix. It must be the brown sugar. Nothing is better than burnt sugar. My mother-in-law makes the best cookies I ever ate– light, crispy and chewy– and gave me her recipe 10 years ago. I couldn't believe how great they were the first time I made them–they tasted just like hers :o), and still do every time I make them. Thanks for your blog.

  9. Camilla says

    I'm not here to win anything, merely to comment that a) thank God someone ELSE never picked up the coffee habit either, I thought I was alone, b) being in London makes me want to drink tea in copious amounts (ohhh, Fortnum and Mason, how I miss you!), and c) you have reminded me that I need to go dig out my copy of In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs. There is a sweet potato pie recipe there that is to die for! Maybe you should take a look….

  10. grace says

    count me amongst the coffee addicts. i'm not ashamed. :)
    favorite cookie? the ever-delightful and always-delicious oatmeal scotchie.

  11. JMCD says

    l love mexican wedding cookies. they are the ones that are dangerous for me to make because i just cannot stop eating them when they are still warm. i am an avid cookie baker and love to try all kinds…..i want to try the chocolate caramel cookie brittle mentioned in marcia's post……..but cookies with coffee? i'm in!

  12. Christi says

    I am boring with my favorite cookie…it is Oatmeal Chocolate chip. I really like them when my mom makes them because they always seem to be flat and chewy. But…what isn't better when your mom makes them :0)

  13. patti davis says

    I really love a chewy ginger molasses cookie. Although I baked giant oatmeal raisin/date/dried apricot/walnut/butterscotch chip cookies for the Super Bowl. :-)

  14. Anonymous says

    Right now, my favorite cookie is the Chewy Chocolate Gingersnap Cookie by Martha Stewart. They seem more grown up than the originals.

    Pattie in Las Vegas

  15. oana says

    I got everyone around me addicted to melomakarona..traditional Greek orange juice cookies, drenched in honey syrup and tossed in chopped walnuts :)

  16. Emily says

    I would have to say that my favorite cookies would be oatmeal raisin! I love the texture and just the mixture of the oats and the raisins together.

  17. Witchii says

    My Favs are to many to pick just one… I'm a cookie junkie and love them all. i guess if I had to pick on it would be chocolate chip.

  18. juniper says

    i like shortbread but especially cornflake shortbread that i've never had outside my home state of hawaii. y'all are missing out.

  19. JuLo says

    Oh man, that's hard! There are so many cookies out there that are all so different. I'd say my go-to recipe is oatmeal chocolate chip. I looooove oatmeal in baked goods. But I can think of like 10 more kinds of love love love!

  20. Lorrie says


    How about no coffee or tea, for me. Never liked the taste of either. Coffee, tea? No, just water thanks.. Like you I do love coffee, espresso in baked goods and I love coffee ice cream.

  21. Dawn says

    Cookies are a favorite snack of mine. I say a cookie a day makes me a happy girl. My favorite is Dark Chocolate, dried cherry and pecan cookies from America's Test Kitchen.

  22. Anonymous says

    Sugar cookies are my favorite!! There is SOOO much one can do with sugar cookies!! Flavors can be added, the decorations, they have endless possibilities and taste amazing!!!

  23. Zac says

    I'm a coffee guy… but what recipes are there for baking with tea? I like a good Lapsang Souchon myself…

    My favorite cookie would be "Candied Bacon" Cookies. A basic sugar/choc chip cookie, but the bits are pieces of bacon that have been candied with sugar in the oven. My mama's idea… pretty good, if admittedly weird. Mama's also big on snicker doodles with chili.

    Gonna hafta try the 'cronflake shortbread' cookies from Hawaii, sounds…. interesting.

    But I'll let you know my favorite after you send me the book!

  24. All Things Yummy says

    oh, I adore Julia Child. Awesome giveaway. My favorite cookies are the chocolate chips cookies that my grandma makes. They are always perfectly yummy.

  25. Winnie says

    I love good old chocolate chip cookies. But they have to be big, and adding oatmeal and m and m's doesn't hurt. Oh, and peanut butter added is great, too!

  26. Joan says

    Macarooooooooons! Years and years ago there was a mini-mall in the basement of the Pentagon. If I had to go there, I'd always try to time it so I could visit the bakery there on Macaroon Day. YUM!!

  27. Opy says

    What a wonderful-sounding cookbook! 😀

    My favorite cookies would have to be gooey and warm oatmeal chocolate chip!

  28. Amy says

    My new favorite (as of discovering the recipe on in December) is sparkling ginger chip cookies. Chocolate and ginger, rolled in crunchy sugar. Bite sized Mmmmmm. PS: Pick me!

  29. Ethan says

    I've always been a huge fan of the chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. Haven't had one in a while, but would really love one right now!

  30. Jenni says

    Chocolate chip WAS my favorite cookie, but I have a feeling when I get a chance to try these they will replace it!

  31. Karine says

    I love Julia. She used to capture your attention in an amazing way. I have many cookbooks but none of Julia Child. I would love to add this one to my collection.
    I will try your cookie recipe. It sounds delicious.
    Thank you for posting it. :)

  32. Lara says

    I would have to say good old chocolate chip though there are lots of other good ones too: christmas sugar, double chocolate, shortbread, monster, and many more!

  33. Shanbanan says

    There's no way to cut it down to one kind for a cookie monster like me. I love soft ginger cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate, pumpkin white chocolate, chocolate mint…last night I made mocha chocolate meringues with almonds, mini choc chips, and cinnamon. Life is good.

  34. Anne says

    My favorite is called "team cookies" and I got it from one of my favorite food blogs. it has peanut butter, peanuts, oatmeal, chocolate chips… and it's totally perfect. Absolutely delicious!

  35. fulltimefoodie says

    mmm, i love mocha flavored things, although i don't mind a good coffee either. It's way to difficult to name just one cookie but I have to say the New York Times Chocolate chip cookie has been one of the best.

  36. Jess says

    What a generous giveaway! My favorite cookie is a thick oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, the kind that has a minimal amount of flour and melty chocolate. Ohyes. Or just give me the cookie dough.

  37. Marti says

    Those are some gorgeous cookies!

    My favorite is a Salted Oatmeal with Raisin Cookie, although the NYTimes Chocolate Chip Cookie is a very close second. I might just add the 3 Tb. of instant coffee, inspired by your recipe, next time I make them.

    Either way, if I win or if I don't, have a great day!

  38. Kayla says

    Is there such a thing as a bad cookie??? I think not, but I must say my tride and true favorite is the good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie, I love to bake cookies and am always tempted to make many different ones, but then I think are they really a better choice than chocolate chip? I must say though that your cookies do look amazing and I will be giving them a try, the best of both worlds!

  39. T says

    My favorite to eat is probably chocolate chocolate chip cookies, but one of my favorites to make is rosemary butter cookies. I used to have a boyfriend who loved rosemary. The boyfriend is gone, but the recipe still gets put to good use!

  40. Anonymous says

    My favorite cookie is by far ginger cookies made with crystallized ginger as well as ground ginger ~ the more "gingery" the better IMO!! I'll have to go search for the Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies that Sara mentioned; those sound pretty yummy too. DH, however, won't touch anything other than chocolate chip or peanut butter. I may try to slip these Mocha Chocolate Chip cookies by him since they definitely appeal to me more than plain old chocolate chip cookies. :-)
    Cheryl (phantom at aol)

  41. Barrie says

    The best of all time cookies actually tastes more cake-like then cookie. It's a Black and White, and they just don't make them in Seattle so whenever I go back to the East Coast, it's the first thing I get. Yom yom yom.

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