espresso white chocolate chip (latte) cookies

June 7, 2012

When one is 14 years old, the goal of life is how one can – at all times – push the envelope.

I do not know this from personal experience or anything, but I do know that as Freshmen in high school we were not allowed to go “off-campus” at lunchtime.

This was slightly inconvenient for me because the best cookie my young palette had ever tasted was sold several blocks away. What a difference two city blocks can make to a hungry 14 year old. So close yet so devastatingly far away.

Never underestimate what someone will do for a good cookie.

Also while we are on the subject – never schedule a math class the period directly before lunch.

The first time I got past the fence to the sidewalk with no lights flashing or alarms sounding I realized there was actually very little envelope pushing going on and really nothing to feel guilty about. As dozens of smart teenagers before me had realized, the “off-campus” rule was one I’m fairly certain no one ever enforced.

I guess this would be as good a time as any to let you know that this forbidden land that was to have such a poor influence on my young self was actually Whole Foods.

Oh the irony! I snuck “off-campus” to eat from the organic salad bar!  I was such a rule bending rebel in my youth.

A glorious confection was usually in order after a post-quinoa lunch and I always chose a latte cookie. The latte cookie is a mighty fine cookie – chewy, packed with espresso powder, flecked with oats, and full of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I’ve never tasted anything quite like it and have never found anything else since.

A few summers ago while I was in Seattle, I went to inquire if they would share the recipe and found out they no longer make them as it was lost several years ago. It has been on my must-recreate list ever since.

For some reason the other day I was feeling nostalgic and just went full on latte cookie mode. After a little trial and error and a few texts with my friend to hammer out the flavor details that for both of us had turned to a memory, I’d say these are the winners.

And so, I give you the latte cookie. For me – a throwback to high school lunching and general good times. For you – your next weekend cookie making project.

Latte Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen

Inspired by Whole Foods; adapted from here

1 3/4 cup (218 grams) flour
1/4 cup (23 grams) oats
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (6 grams) espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon (4 grams) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup (170 grams) butter, softened
1/2 cup (110 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (115 grams) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1/2 cup (100 grams) white chocolate chips
1/2 cup (100 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, oats, espresso powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. In a large bowl cream together both sugars with the butter until light and fluffy or about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and almond extracts and egg and beat until well blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop the dough onto the prepared sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just lightly browned. Let stand on the sheet for a minute before transferring to rack to cool completely.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

These sound and look fabulous! Awesome recipe!

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ileana June 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

If you’re ever in Tampa, there’s a chocolate espresso cookie at Pane Rustica that is so, so delicious. But I also like the idea of latte cookies – these look good!

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Carrie June 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Getting my sugar and caffeine fix in one tasty treat? I like it. I also like how when I eat salad as a meal, it means that I can eat 3 cookies, instead of just 1.

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Lillie June 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Totally. Best part of salads. :)

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Amrita June 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

Latte cookies?! Hmm…my morning cuppa doesn’t seem so exciting now :-(

Damn you with all this gorgeousness.

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thelittleloaf June 8, 2012 at 4:24 am

I don’t drink coffee but I love the flavour of it. Am completely in love with the idea of latte cookies – a-mazing :-)

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Molly June 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

The return of the latte cookie!! :) They look amazing!! I can’t wait to try it out!

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Mary June 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

These sound wonderful and I’m sure they are as delicious as your story. This is my first visit to your site, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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Dani June 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Oh the latte cookie! My fave:) So glad you posted this! Recipe looks delicious!

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lucy June 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

the latte cookie!! i totally forgot about these. thank you for the throwback!

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meghan June 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

What does espresso powder not improve? Its delicious in baked beans and on bacon too.

I’m inspired to make up a batch of my favorite oatmeal cookies and add some espresso powder!

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Riley June 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Those look so good, and I don’t even like coffee!

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meg June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

For all the luxurious, fabulous desserts out there, how is it that cookies are the most irresistible?

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Micha July 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Made these today with my Grandson. They get rave reviews from both of us and his Grandfather. I used freshly grated nutmeg, the beans scraped from a vanilla bean and omitted the almond extract. Also used salted butter. Thanks for posting this great recipe.

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Robert August 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

It looks so delicious, I would print the page and eat the picture! :) I’ll cook this as soon as possible, like now! No, now is too late. Before now!

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Claire October 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi, I tried to make these cookies but they came out dry and a lot lumpier than yours looked. How can I improve this?

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Lillie October 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hmm, I’m so sorry to hear that. Do you have a kitchen scale? Perhaps the flour measure was a bit off. Also, did you cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer? If you did it by hand, that may have contributed to the lumpiness. Hopefully the next batch is more of a success! :)

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