Mocha Chewy Cookies

By Nechama Norman

Tearful goodbye parties are a regular occurrence when you live in a young American neighborhood in Yerushalayim. So many people come and go (although on the bright side, there are plenty of welcoming N’shei parties as well). Lots of goodies are always served at these events. When my friend Simi E. decided to pack her bags and move to Monsey, we threw her a party that included a feast and a heartwarming poem. One of her neighbors brought these delicious cookies. With a broom in one hand and a pen in the other, I quickly jotted down this recipe as we cleaned up.
1½ cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon granulated coffee diluted  in ½ teaspoon hot water
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
2½ cups white whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup nougat chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, oil, and eggs. Add vanilla to dissolved coffee. Add coffee mixture, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix to combine.
  3. Slowly mix in chocolate and nougat chips. Scoop onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

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