1 cup (two sticks) butter or hard margarine, melted
2 Tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups granulated (white) sugar, plus extra for rolling
2 large eggs, lighlty beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
Preheat oven to 350◦F. Grease or line cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, mix the butter, coffee and vanilla. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs. Add the soda and chips. Mix in the flour in three additions. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar, if desired. Place on prepared cookie sheets and flatten gently with the palm of your hand. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until almost set. Let cool for two minutes, then transfer from the cookie sheet to cool completely.
Makes approximately 6 to 7 dozen cookies. Recipe is easily halved or doubled.