Do you ever see a recipe on your social media feed that is just undeniable?
Not only does it sound tasty, but it looks beautiful and you just know you can recreate it.
Yeah, that did not happen this week.
I saw an amazing recipe from I am Baker a couple weeks ago, pinned it, and waited until I could find a quiet, non-kiddo time to make it. (Dreaming of gorgeous off-white round cookies, with perfect little sprinkles of black coffee throughout.)
You’ll have to scroll to the end to see what happened. I bet you can guess.
Coffee Sugar Cookies, adapted very slightly from I am Baker (mostly because it didn’t turn out exactly right)
1 c butter, softened
1 1/4 c sugar
2 T instant coffee
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. In a small bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, and coffee until fully incorporated. In separate bowl add together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add your egg mixture to the butter mixture until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture until fully combined, do not over beat.
Chill this dough for at least one hour, preferably overnight.
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Allow cookies to cool completely.
Let’s just start out by sharing the picture…
Hmmm, I’m thinking something went wrong. (You should click on the link to I am Baker above to see what they actually should look like.)
I’m not sure if it was the use of instant coffee vs fresh-ground or what, but these did not look like the cookies of my dreams. Plus, my dough ended up really sticky – so I couldn’t roll it out as suggested or use a circle cookie cutter to make a perfect shape. Ooops.
But, but, but…
In the good news column, they still tasted like I dreamed!
They were crisp and chewy and very much a grown up coffee-flavored treat (no kids allowed!).
So, my suggestion – head back to the original recipe…and let me know if your’s turn out better.