Pro Baker’s Secret to the Richest Chocolate Cookies Ever

Who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie and a cup of coffee? There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie still warm from the oven — slightly crispy, a bit chewy, and full of chocolaty goodness. It turns out that coffee and cookies go together in more ways than one. Pro bakers are revealing that adding a bit of coffee to the batter makes for the best cookies ever. The main benefit of adding coffee to your cookies isn’t to make them taste like coffee. In fact, adding coffee to certain cookie recipes won’t actually add coffee flavor at all. So what’s the point? Like salt, coffee is a flavor enhancer, especially for chocolate. The bitter compounds in coffee intensify the flavors in chocolate, making them taste even more chocolaty,  without additional sugar. All you need is one tablespoon of finely ground coffee. Instant coffee is a popular choice because it dissolves easily and is also bitter. Bitterness is the key to the cookie because it balances the flavors. For those worried that the cookies will give you a buzz, not to worry. The amount of caffeine in cookies made with regular coffee isn’t enough to give you a buzz…….unless you go overboard. You can also use decaffeinated coffee if you have a sensitivity to caffeine.