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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

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Espresso Cookies!!!

Dark chocolate cookies infused with espresso powder.  Once you’ve had one you will be craving a plateful!!!  They are really easy to make, and since they are a cut-out cookie they can be made in any shape you want.  Aren’t the plain round ones so fun though???

Espresso Cookies!!!

Here’s how to make them:  (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 36 medium cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons instant Espresso Powder
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in eggs and then cocoa.
  • Place vanilla and Espresso Powder together in a small cup until coffee dissolves.  Add this mixture to the batter and mix until completely incorporated.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
  • Allow cookie dough to soften a little at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface.  Cool completely before removing cookies from paper.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies!

You can serve these cookies plain, or with a little cocoa powder sprinkled on top, or you can ice them.

I iced these with royal icing that I added a little espresso powder to.

For my royal icing recipe and techniques, click here.

To get the tiny heart shape at the center I used a little melted chocolate.  While the icing is still liquid, pipe a little circle just a bit above the center of the cookie.  Use a tooth pick to pull down through the icing and the chocolate, making a heart.  Allow the icing and chocolate to harden completely.  Enjoy!!

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

My thoughts:  These are SO GOOD!!!!  I’m on a diet….and I wanted to eat them all….but I didn’t.  I gave them away.  sigh.  

These are simple to make and probably the easiest cut-out cookie dough I’ve ever worked with.  Not sticky or fussy at all!  I adore anything with coffee in it, so I would add even more espresso powder next time.  Make them to your taste by adjusting the amount you add.  Paired with a cup of coffee, they are  just…..perfect!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

Espresso Cookies!!!

A few other desserts that would go well with your coffee:

Brownie Oreo Cookie CupCinnamon Roll Cheesecake!!Chocolate molten lava cupcakesGerman Chocolate Pie!

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Coconut Lemon Drop Cookies


These crunchy little cookies are full of sweet coconut and tart lemon drop flavor- yum!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 T. (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter -room temp.
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 6 t. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 c. finely crushed cornflakes
  • yellow food coloring (to desired shade)
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. Wilton’s candy melt in white chocolate
  • 15 lemon drops (or other lemon-flavored hard candy)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place 1 c. shredded coconut on a small cookie sheet and place in oven for 10-15 minutes until it is dried and crunchy— not browned– just dry and crunchy.  Remove from oven and cool.
  • When coconut is cool, use your hands to crush it up  into smaller pieces, set aside.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream sugar and butter together, add vanilla.
  • Add lemon juice, food coloring, flour and coconut, beating until well combined.
  • Add crushed cornflakes and mix (use clean hands if you want!) until well combined.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to spoon batter onto parchment paper. Press tops down a little to make the cookie flat on top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool.
  • Crush candies in a small zip-top bag using a hammer.
  • Melt Wilton’s candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth and completely melted.
  • Spoon melted white chocolate into a zip top bag, clip a corner off and drizzle over each cookie.
  • Before chocolate hardens, sprinkle generously with crushed candy.  Allow chocolate to harden and ENJOY!!

My thoughts:  These cookies were really a stretch as far as inventing goes– I was really unsure if they would be any good at all.  They are SO yummy- I’ve had 4 now…(shhh….) I took them to a Labor Day picnic and everyone loved them– especially the “crunchiness”.  Well, everyone but my Uncle Keith who hates coconut….who hates coconut?  Just seems wrong.  Anyway– if you like lemon and candy and coconut and cookies—you are gonna love these little treats!!!!  Enjoy!  -r

Sweet Granola Cups

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These sweet granola cookie cups filled with yogurt and fruit are a perfect breakfast or brunch treat.  Fill these cups with anything you like the rest of the day— ice cream? fresh fruit?  Granola tastes great with so many things!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Just Bunches cereal (just the granola part of Honey Bunches of Oats!)
  • 1 tube of refrigerated cookie dough
  • Fillings for cups (whatever you want!!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Break cookie dough into pieces in a large bowl.
  • Add cereal, mixing with hands, until cereal stops combining well (I wanted as much granola in there as possible, but eventually it is too crumbly to shape with your hands.)
  • Divide dough among 16 regular muffin tins.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes (edges should be brown)
  • Remove from oven and press centers into a cup using a tart shaper or the end of a wooden spoon.
  • Allow cups to cool and then using a small knife, loosen the edges and remove from muffin tin.
  • Cool completely and add toppings as desired! YUM!

 

My thoughts: EASY recipe!  I am a little addicted to cookie cups and the idea adding things TO the cookie dough – like Fruit Loops or Pretzels– just makes me smile.  So here’s granola!  I love the idea of this easy but elegant breakfast- make the cups ahead and all you have to do is fill them in the morning– or let people create their own masterpiece!  Fun!  Hope you enjoy these!!

 

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