Friday, September 3, 2010
Cookie Recipe #244 - Coffee Bean Cookies
Need a caffeine boost? These little bean-shaped cookies are soft and flavored with coffee. Use decaffeinated coffee for those of you who need to watch your caffeine intake (bouncing off the walls falls into this category).
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals, 2 tablespoons milk, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 3 ounces cream cheese, softened, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups all-purpose flour.
Instructions: In a small bowl, stir together coffee crystals and milk until crystals dissolve; set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, vanilla and the coffee/milk mixture. Beat unti combined, scraping sides occasionally. Gradually mix in flour. Cover and chilol dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Shape balls into ovals. Press the think edge of a wooden spoon lengthwise into the top of each oval, forming an indent that resembles those found on coffee beans. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.