You awaken from a magnificent dream. It would be bliss if you could roll over and go back to sleep. The demands of the day drag you out of bed. You shuffle weary-eyed into the kitchen where a brewing process begins. There is the flip of a switch, a familiar sound of the coffeemaker, and soon the air is filled with a delightful aroma. You pour a cup of the magical elixir that wakes you up and gets you going. One sip and all is much better. And when you need a pick-me-up later, grab a couple of coffee crisps to get a little boost in your day.
Cookies are a quintessential afternoon snack. They are often enjoyed with coffee. You get the best of both worlds in these crisps. What is interesting is the coffee flavor seems to not stand out as much when they are eaten with coffee. How do I know this? Fortunately I had a whole team of taste testers to try the cookies. I took them to the WordCamp Atlanta conference. It seemed appropriate to have caffeine packed cookies at a techy event. They gave me rave reviews including the conference center inquiring if they could buy them from me so they could offer them as a menu item at future events.
Coffee crisps are easy to make. They are basic slice and bake cookies. Two tablespoons of instant coffee granules are in the dough. I recommend using the finest ground or powder version you can find. Rum is the hint of flavoring instead of the usual vanilla. Be sure to watch the cookies when baking. They are so thin and bake at a high temperature that they can easily be over-baked. Take them out as soon as the edges turn light brown. Remove them immediately from the baking sheets too.
Are you a coffee drinker? Or is it tea for you? Do you enjoy those flavors in treats? If so, there are some delightful cookie recipes featuring one or the other below. Scroll down to find details, recipes, and links to each one. For another tea treat, take a look at Thai Iced Tea for a creamy beverage to cool you down.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder/granules
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon rum
- Pecan halves
Whisk together flour, coffee, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Cream shortening and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add egg and rum and beat until combined.
Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The dough will appear crumbly.
Divide dough in half. Push together each half and roll into logs 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in wax or parchment paper and chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment or non-stick liner.
Remove paper from dough logs and cut dough into 1/8 inch slices.
Place slices 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Gently press a pecan half into the center of each slice.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, until the edges are light brown.
Watch the cookies beginning at the 6 minute mark and be careful not to over-bake. They will brown very quickly.
Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
Cool cookie sheets completely between batches.
Time stated above does not include chilling dough overnight.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living Christmas Cookies cookbook published in 1986 (no longer in print).
The Creative Cooke Exchange theme this month is Wake from Winter with Coffee and Tea. Unlike last month, now our Spring Fever has some basis in reality! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura via email (thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com) and she will get you added to our Facebook group where we coordinate events.
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Matcha Green Tea Cream Filled Sugar Cookies from NinjaBaking.com
- Orange Spiced Tea Cookies from A Baker’s House
- Chocolate Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Mocha Viennese Swirl Cookies from Baking Yummies
- Hazelnut Espresso Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Café au Lait Bars from The Spiced Life
- Piped Coffee Butter Cookies from Made with Love
- Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies from Noshing with the Nolands
- Coffee Crisps from Magnolia Days
- Matcha White Chocolate Cookies from It’s Yummi!
- Jasmine Lychee Green Tea Shortbread from Food Lust People Love
- Mocha Meringue Cookies from Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt
- Earl Grey French Macarons with Honey Rose Water Buttercream from Sweet Cinnamon and Honey