Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Cookie Recipe #262 - Cafe' Brulot Cookies
Cafe Brulot is a special drink of coffee, spices, citrus peels, and brandy found in New Orleans. You will find all of the above ingredients in this thin, tasty cookie.
Ingredients: 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 cup butter, 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel, 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel, 1 tablespoon brandy or milk, 1 egg yolk, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour. Icing: 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon brandy or strong coffee, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 2-3 teaspoons (or more)milk.
Instructions: In a food processor bowl, combine brown sugar, pecans, coffee crystals, cinnamon and cloves. Cover and process until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter, lemon peel, and orange peel; process until butter is evenly mixed. Add brandy (or milk) and egg yolk; process until combined. Add flour gradually, processing until combined.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 6-inch-long roll. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill for 2-24 hours or until firm enough to slice.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Make icing: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, brandy or coffee, and vanilla. Add milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over each cookie in desired design and allow to harden.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.