These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect marriage of two amazing flavors. Packed with chocolate chips and infused with rich espresso flavor, they're a chocolate/coffee/sweet lover's dream!
So we went on "vacation" this past week. And anyone who's ever traveled with kids knows exactly what I mean by "vacation". It wasn't exactly the most relaxing of experiences.....but if I had to do it all over again, I would. With some minor adjustments, of course.
It was our first family trip that didn't involve either a waterpark or a visit with extended family. Instead, we decided to take the kids to Door County, which is made up of a bunch of cute little towns along Lake Michigan, just 3 hours north of us. We stayed at the cutest bed & breakfast type place, swam endless hours in the pool, visited the beach, had some fun meals out, spent too much time shopping, and even got to see our next door neighbors, who happen to have a cabin there. All in all, it was a success!
Of course, it was still a vacation with kids. Which means there were plenty of bumps along the way. Like Ellia coming down with the stomach flu on day 2, Myla threatening to wake up the entire family every morning at 4 am, Jorden and I taking the pull out couch so Myla could have her own bedroom (see previous point), and Myla deciding that vacation was the time to practice yelling any time she didn't get her way. Did I mention MYLA???
The good news is I learned some things for next time. Like Myla ALWAYS needs her own room. And better yet, we might actually need our own separate house. Away from other people. Because even though we didn't hear about any complaints, I would actually be shocked if there weren't any. I also learned some things about sit down meals (we should keep them to a minimum), in-car movies (they're essential for ALL the kids), and mini golfing (only a good idea if one of us doesn't care at ALL about actually getting to golf.)
And then I learned a whole different set of lessons. About making our own little mini vacation while the kids are doing their thing. If I had it to do over again, I would pour more drinks, listen to more music, maybe even order some takeout after the kids went to bed. And I would definitely bring a giant batch of these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies. Just for me. And maybe for Jorden, too.
Because if there's one thing our vacation was lacking, it was all the rewards of a vacation. Ha! Just kidding. Clearly we enjoyed the time away with our kids, as a family, without the distractions of "real" life. I'm just saying that a few Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies sure would have helped.....you know what I mean?
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 c. brown sugar
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 c. chocolate chips
- ¼ c. instant coffee granules
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Gradually add in flour mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips and coffee granules.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove to wire rack to cool.