Monday, February 15, 2016

Caffienated Cookies w/ Atlas Coffee Club

Over the Christmas holiday, my mother in law was apparently cleaning out her collection of old cookbooks and offered me the chance to peruse and grab what I wanted. There were a few that caught my eye but most notably, an old McCall's Cookie Collection cookbook from 1965. Mom was four years old when this cookbook came out so I would wager that these were the types of cookies that my Grandma and Great Grandma were whipping up. I thought I would take a stab at some of the cookie recipes, substituting when it made sense, and share some of them with you all. There are so many delightful recipes but I thought I would start with one that has my absolute favorite ingredient, COFFEE. The idea was rattling around my head for a little while and when Atlas Coffee Club wanted to get in on the recipe action, I knew that I had to make some Coffee Drop Cookies with a Coffee Glaze, using their whole bean blend. I was able to use ingredients I already had in my pantry so no fancy things needed. So let's get started: Turn up that  Preheat that oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease some cookie sheets.

Cookie Ingredients:
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons of finely ground Atlas Morning Blend coffee
1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze Ingredients: 
2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cold Atlas Morning Blend coffee (tip: leave a little from your morning brew)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon unsweeted cocoa

  • In a medium bowl, with your handheld mixer at medium speed, beat butter with sugar until light.
  • Add egg; bet until light + fluffy.
  • Mix the ground coffee with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Stir into butter mixture.
  • Beat in flour and milk alternately. Stir in the chopped nuts.
  • Drop, by heaping teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto the the cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Let the cookies cool.
  • While cookies are cooling, let's make the glaze: In a small bowl, add sugar and coffee alternately to butter, stirring until smooth. Stir in cocoa.
  • Spread the glaze on the cookie and let harden before serving.

This recipe is so easy that I can't wait to bake more. The cookies are a little rustic but I suppose that's what you're getting from a cookbook of years gone by :-) but I seriously loved playing with the recipe and MANY THANKS to Atlas Coffee Club for supplying the delicious coffee for drinking + baking! If you haven't checked out the coffee from Atlas, you should definitely take a look. Their curated blends are delicious, you have my word on that!

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