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COOKING WITH COFFEE WEEK: NEIMAN MARCUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Coffee is an essential ingredient to most people's mornings. But it's also a key ingredient in some delicious recipes. This week, we'll share recipes for dishes that are made with coffee. This famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, which comes from the Neiman Marcus Web site, is at the center of an urban myth about someone being willing to pay big bucks for its secrets. It's not true, but it is a good recipe, and espresso powder is the secret ingredient.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: Two dozen cookies.

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