If this cookie looks familiar, it's because it is. I made a modified version earlier. This time around, I found the Starbucks Via caramel coffee packs at Target pretty easily so I thought I'd make the cookies as they were originally intended, with the caramel coffee flavor. I don't drink coffee but don't mind coffee-flavored baked goods. Caffeine doesn't really boost me up either although there are days like today, which I started off with a 7 am meeting with my colleagues in Asia, where I almost wished it did.
In any case, if you like coffee, this original version of the cookie might be a good pick-me-up. I have to admit, I preferred my plainer version. The texture on both is the same since I had increased the flour in the first recipe to compensate for the coffee powder but the added coffee flavor didn't do anything for me. The caramel flavor was a bit more masked since it competed with the coffee flavor. I have a stronger preference for caramel than for coffee so I would probably make the plain caramel version rather than the caramel coffee version.
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup caramel syrup (I used salted caramel from Williams Sonoma)
3 3/4 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package Starbucks VIA ready brew caramel flavor coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks
1 cup caramel bits
1 cup caramel bits
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and caramel sauce until well combined.
- Place all dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, salt, Starbucks VIA, baking soda) and whisk together. Add slowly to wet ingredients mixing until everything is combined. Mix in chocolate chunks and caramel bits.
- Using a large cookie scoop (ice cream scoop will work) place on baking sheets. Using a fork or the pointy side of a meat mallet, press cookie down in a crisscross fashion. Lightly sprinkle with fleur de sel or salt before baking. Bake 10 - 12 minutes.