Festive Coffee Based Recipes

No matter what time of the year, there are always seasonal recipes that can be made. In the run-up to Christmas, there are some great coffee based ideas to try and below are some that you might find irresistible!

It is now the second week of December and if any of you are like me, you are wondering where those two weeks went!? The usual holiday chaos seems elevated this year as more people cram the stores and fill the lines looking for the perfect way to start feeling good this year.

Alas, there is a warmer, friendlier place to turn than your local shopping mall...your kitchen. Simply turn on the oven, brew some fresh coffee and look forward to pleasing yourself and you loved ones with some of the most thoughtful gifts around.

And be sure to check back before the holidays for two wonderful recipes: Darkened Coffee Basted Turkey and Chocolate Coffee Trifle, a twist on a traditional English dish!

Coffee Crunch Cookies

Who can resist tasty, crunchy cookies? Not me! Well these are a little different because instead of dipping tem into your coffee to get the rich, roasted flavour, its already in there!

This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Method

In a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer. cream the butter and sugars until light. Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well mixed and fluffy.

On a piece of parchment paper, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda. On low speed, add 1/2 of the flour mixture alternating with 4 Tablespoons of the coffee syrup. Do not over-mix. Add nuts and blend.

Using a cold ice cream scoop, drop even amounts of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. At 375 F, bake for 1--12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly on wire racks.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining coffee syrup, confectioner's sugar, and milk to make the glaze. Add more sugar if the mixture is too thin, or vice versa. Evenly spread the glaze over the cookies and serve.

Coffee Syrup

The following recipe is needed for the cookies above. This recipe is designed to yield one cup of syrup.

Method

Combine sugar and coffee in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow sugar to dissolve, stirring constantly. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. This syrup will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Recipes By: Caroline Sharkey