Saturday, August 1, 2009

Espresso Cookies with Chocolate Coating

I find myself baking a lot of cakes, and decided to go with cookies this week. I made up my own recipe, but it's just the ingredients for a basic cookie recipe, which i then added some ground coffee beans into it, for the extra flavor.

-1/2 cup butter (softened)
-1 egg
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/4 cup light brown sugar
-1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp fresh coffee/espresso
-1 tsp ground coffee/espresso beans
-1/4 cup chocolate for melting

1. Beat the butter and sugars together.
2. Once the butter and sugars are fully combined beat in the egg. Add the vanilla and fresh coffee/espresso
3. In a seperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground espresso/coffee beans. Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture while mixing, until everything is combined 4. I put my batter into a ziplock bag, and snipped a whole at the bottom, to pipe out logs onto a greased baking sheet. I also tried cutting the edges of each cookie of, with a rigid/wavy edge cutter, to give the edges of each cookie a wavy design, but after they baked up, the design got to crips and didn't look to good
5. Bake at 325 F for 15-25 minutes or until the edges start to turn a golden brown color

Let the cookies completely cool before adding a layer of chocolate on them

Melt half of the chocolate in the microwave, and then stir in the other half of the (finely chopped)chocolate into the melted chocolate , until it's all melted in. (This is a trick I learned from Ina Garten, from food network, and this assures you to have shiny tempered melted chocolate)

Once your melted chocolate is ready, spread on an even layer of chocolate over all or half of each cookie. I used semi-sweet chocoolate, because that's what I had on hand, but you can use a more bitter/darker chocolate to go with the slightly bitter coffee/espreso flavor from the cookies.

Once the chocolate has hardened (in the fridge to make it go faster) on the cookies, sit down with a cup of milk, coffee or, of course, espresso while enjoying one of your freshly baked espresso cookies!

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