Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Secret


This was a basic cookie recipe I converted into a secret recipe using my wildest imagination. It's since become a family favorite, as well as one friends enjoy. If you are brave enough to try these (don't worry, you won't regret it!), play the 'guess what's in these cookies?' game. Your family will surely be surprised at this great mixture of flavors! Praline paste may be substituted for chestnut paste.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup margarine, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon French vanilla-flavored instant coffee granules

  • teaspoon water

  • 1 teaspoon strawberry jam

  • 1 teaspoon sweetened chestnut puree

  • 1 tablespoon instant hot chocolate mix

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 dash ground nutmeg

  • 1 drop fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon orange liqueur

  • 1 drop maple flavored extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ cups granola with nuts and raisins

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • 1 (16 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

  • ½ cup chopped and toasted walnuts

  • 1 ounce rosemary flavored chocolate, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

  2. Cream the margarine with the white and brown sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix the instant coffee and water together in a small bowl; stir into the egg and sugar mixture. Stir in the strawberry jam. chestnut puree, hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and maple extract until evenly blended. Gradually stir in the flour, granola, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until evenly blended. Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and grated chocolate until well blended. Pinch off tablespoon-sized amounts of dough and roll between hands to make 1 inch diameter balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheets and flatten with a floured glass to be 1/4 inch high.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until tops are set when lightly touched, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on baking sheets before moving to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
13g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 126mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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