Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Last month, I attended the kick-off soiree for this year’s Chicago Food Film Festival. If you’ve never heard of the event, it’s exactly what it sounds like: you get to watch films about food…and then sample the featured foods! NOMS city. (They even inserted napkins in our programs!)

Food Film Fest

To preserve the authenticity of the dishes and the tasting experience, the event organizers flew in ingredients (and in some cases, the chefs, too!) from the places profiled in the food flicks. The biggest draw at the party was by far the Ramen Burger. YES. You heard me right. A delicious patty enclosed in a ramen “bun.” Dreamed up by ramen connoisseur Keizo Shimamoto, this noodle nosh caused quite the craze this year, right up there with the cronut. (Like the cronut, the lines to try the Ramen Burger in New York can be quite long; Shimamoto once even swapped a customer a burger for a cronut!) 

Food Film Fest

Ramen Burger team, assemble! Chef Shimamoto and crew built their creations in front of our drooling eyes. Want to learn more about this burger bliss? Check out the trailer for the Ramen Burger film: http://vimeo.com/75558527

Food Film Fest

Burger aside, one of the surprise showstoppers for me was the Compost Cookie from David Chang’s Momofuku Milk Bar. It’s called a Compost Cookie because it crams in a TON of ingredients, including (but not limited to) potato chips, oatmeal, chocolate chips, pretzels and ground coffee. The coffee grounds really gave the cookies a mighty fine finish. They flew Compost Cookie samples in straight from NYC that morning! We even got to take a few pieces home in our goodie bags to enjoy for breakfast the next morning. :)

Food Film Fest

Inspired by this everything cookie, I knew I had to try to make a simplified version: Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Coffee Cookies.

The Makings: (Yields about 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies)

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

  • Flour – 2 1/4 cups
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground coffee – 2 teaspoons
  • Butter or margarine – 1 cup (2 sticks)
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs – 2
  • Chocolate Chips – 2/3 cup
  • Butterscotch Chips – 2/3 cup
  • White Chocolate Chips – 2/3 cup

The Sweetness:

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and coffee grounds together in medium bowl.

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

2. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Slowly mix in eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually add dry mixture into large bowl until incorporated.

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

3. Stir in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Use tablespoon to drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet. (Use extra chocolate and butterscotch chips to position on top of cookie dough drops.) Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.

Next time around, I’d add in more coffee grounds, as the butterscotch dominated the flavor profile of these cookies, but overall I liked that you got a slightly different blend of flavors with every bite. Serve them up as a snack with a glass of milk or mug of coffee. (Hey, there’s coffee in ’em, so go ahead and take a couple for breakfast. ;)

More Sweetness:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins  Apple Pie Cookies  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Get Your Pink On: Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get ready to get your pink on. With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, here’s a bright and easy recipe for PINK cookies.

Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies

  • Servings: ~2 dozen cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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The Makings:

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Strawberry Cake Mix
  • White Chocolate Chips – 1 1/4 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Eggs – 2
  • Canola oil – 1/3 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1/2 teaspoon

The Sweetness:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet.

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. Mix together dry ingredients: cake mix and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract and oil. Stir wet mixture into dry mixture bowl and blend well until there are no dry patches of cake mix. Next, add in white chocolate chips.

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

3. Scoop balls of dough (~2 tablespoons per cookie) onto lightly greased cookie sheet. (These cookies do spread out while baking, so be sure to make dough balls taller than they are wide.) Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.


These cookies retain their soft, cake-like consistency. The white chocolate chips give them a nice, light chocolate flavor that doesn’t overpower the strawberry. Plus, they’re just so pink and cute!

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

More Sweetness:

Lemon Strawberry Cookies  Mug Brownie  Strawberry Banana Bread

White Chocolate Popcorn

White Chocolate Popcorn In A Bowl

In college, popcorn was my go-to snack whenever I hit stress mode. If I needed to pull an all-nighter to work on a term paper, my bowl of popcorn was there by my side as a tasty companion. Nowadays, the snack is less associated with stressful times ahead — though every once in awhile, I do pop a bag to get me through a trying moment — and more a munch when watching TV.

Last year, a colleague brought her own version of “White Chocolate Popcorn” into the office, and I wasn’t the only one who went back to the bowl for seconds. Inspired by the Glitter Guide’s version, which includes fun confetti sprinkles, too, I decided to whip up a batch in time for my Sunday night TV ritual, which currently includes Dexter, Homeland and The Good Wife.

The Makings:

White Chocolate Popcorn Ingredients

  • Popcorn kernels – 1/2 cup
  • White chocolate – 6 ounces
  • Canola oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt
  • Sprinkles

The Sweetness:

1. Heat oil in a medium size pot on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add in popcorn kernels and cover pot tightly with a lid, shaking the pot frequently. When popping begins, continue to shake frequently while cracking the lid slightly to allow some of the steam to vent out. Remove the pot from heat when the rate of popping slows. Once popping has stopped, carefully remove lid and pour popcorn into a bowl. Add a few pinches of salt and toss popcorn.

2. Chop white chocolate pieces into slivers; this will make it easier to melt the chocolate. Place a small batch of chopped chocolate into a microwave safe dish and heat for 30 seconds on a low power setting. (I used 2 ounces per batch, heating at power level 4 on my microwave.) Remove the dish and stir the chocolate. Repeat heating-stirring process until the white chocolate is nearly fully melted, allowing the last bits of the chocolate to melt by stirring them. (It took me three 30-second-intervals to complete this process per batch.)

NOTE: White chocolate has a lower melting point than milk chocolate and can seize easily, so be careful not to overheat. From what I’ve read online, chocolate chips also contain special ingredients to prevent them from melting easily, so it’s better to start with white chocolate in bar form.

3. Drizzle white chocolate over popcorn and toss in bowl to evenly coat mixture over popcorn.

4. Spread popcorn out evenly on a baking sheet, and add sprinkles. (I used confetti sprinkles because I had them around, but you can really use any type to match any occasion.) Let popcorn sit for a few hours, allowing time for the white chocolate coating to completely dry.

White Chocolate Popcorn In A Bowl

5. Transfer white chocolate popcorn to your favorite popcorn bowl, queue up a “must watch” show and start noshing!

More Sweetness:
Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Reindeer Cheer Cranberry Avocado Salsa