Monday, November 19, 2007

CCC: Brazilian Coffee Cookies

Yeah it ain't no Cheapass Christmass, but cookies do make great cheap Christmas/Hannukah/Yule/Sacraficial Burning of the Squash Day presents.

For the first of my installment of Christmas Cookie Countdown I give you Brazilian coffee cookies.

I swiped this one from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book--a reprint of the 1963 original.

I first made these cookies a few years ago when a coworker around this time of year approached me about making her some cookies for a cookie swap. She had her house on the market and was in the throes of heavily showing it. She was instructed by her realtor NOT to use the oven for any reason--lest she funk it up and discourage any buyers.

I made these and a couple other types for her and made myself a cool $30. Does that make me a professional cookier?

Brazilian Coffee Cookies
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed--however this begs the question have you ever seen a cookie recipe where it calls for unpacked brown sugar??)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (although I just eyeballed it)
1 tblspn. milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt (I never use salt in my cookies)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tblspn. instant coffee

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all your wet ingredients til the shortening is nearly incorporated. Then mix in your dry ingredients. If the dough is too soft (mine sure wasn't) you can chill it for a while to firm it up. Roll the dough into little balls. Then with a greased and sugared fork, or bottom of a glass, press the cookies down.


This is where the Chunkmeister went to town squishing the cookies. We just buttered and sugared the bottom of a glass. Nothing fancy.

Bake 'em for 8 to 10 minutes, and ta-da.

This is a very crunchy cookie with a light coffee flavor and not too overly sweet. I dunked some in my hot apple cider last night and they were delish. You could probably dunk them in coffee. However, I hate coffee. And yet, I enjoy these cookies. Go figure.


My cookie porn is going to have to improve. It's harder when it's overcast outside. Ah well, that's why this is a weekly thing.



Blogger Elizabeth said...

I think that's some pretty good cookie pr0n there! yummy.

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Those sound terrific!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Babysitting and illicit cookie-selling are what bought my groceries in college. Professional Cookiers Unite!

I'm thinking I wan to try these using Nescafe...then they can be Mexican Coffee Cookies :).

8:19 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Yum... those look and sound delicious. I look forward to more cookie pr0n!

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

One word: YUM.

9:31 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

The look like they taste and smell fantastic! I might just have to bake some up this weekend.

10:09 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Where's the chocolate?


10:54 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...


11:01 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Actually, according to HGTV, you should put some cookies in the oven during an open house. Aromatherapy and all. Apparently the smell of baking cookies makes people want to run out and drop several hundred thousand dollars.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh, yum. I'm glad to see Miss T. has already seen the recipe, seeing as how she likes to bake and I don't...and last year she gave me a big box of yummy cookies...

1:46 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

Ah, mashing cookie dough with a sugared glass bottom. That brought back memories!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Birdie said...

Hmm, I think you should learn to love coffee. I did. Best life changing decision ever. It's a great caffine rush in the morning.

I wish I had some of those cookies to dunk in some coffee right now...mmm! They look delish!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

mmmm cookies. I might have to try these.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Calling on Kahlo said...

I am going to try these cookies.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Calling on Kahlo said...

Ok, these are delicious. Now, I didn't have shortening so I substited with butter, still yummy and now I have the perfect recipe to use up the instant coffee my MIL left at my house.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Hmmmm, I wonder what makes them Brazilian? They way they're waxed?

11:49 AM  

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