Friday, August 27, 2010

Foodie Friday #1

Welcome to the first addition of Foodie Friday.  What is Foodie Friday?  Well, it's a bit like a modern day recipe swap.  We'll meet here each Friday to link up our recipes.  Most weeks we'll have a theme, but sometimes, we'll do an all-out potluck.  I'm open to suggestions as to what the next week's theme should be so feel free to leave those in the comments.

This week, our theme is cookies.  I'll admit that I'm a cookie freak and I kinda selfishly chose them as this week's theme just so I could get more cookie recipes.  :-)

My recipe comes from the book, 1 dough, 100 cookies.

I made the Coffee Cream & Walnut Cookies 

According to the recipe, this makes about 30.  I'm not sure if this means, 30 sandwiches or 30 halves. 

For the cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
scant 3/4 sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup ground walnuts
pinch of salt

For the cream:
6tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1&1/2 tsp strong black coffee

For finishing:
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


1 - In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.  Mix in the flour, salt and ground walnuts, and stir until thoroughly combined.  Halve the dough into two balls, wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

2 - Preheat oven to 375 and prepare two baking sheets.

3 - Remove dough from freezer and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper.  Stamp out cookis with a 2.5-inch/6cm fluted round cutter and place them on prepared cookie sheets spaced well apart.

4 - Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until light golden brown.  Let cool on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

5 - While cookies are cooling, prepare the cream filling by beating the butter and sugar until smooth and then beat in the coffee.

6 - Once cookies have cooled, sandwich them with the cream, pressing down so that the cream oozes out the sides.  Smooth the sides with a dampened finger.  Once all cookies are assembled, roll the edges in the finely chopped walnuts.

** This original recipe calls for baking on parchment at 375.  I didn't have any parchment so I just sprayed my sheet down with cooking spray.  Also, I didn't notice that the temp should have been 375 and so I baked at 350.

Because it was late, we only used half of the dough and instead of using the suggested cookie cutter, Charles used a dog bone cutter.  We ended up getting 4 sandwiches out of half of the dough this way.  

When eaten alone, the cream has a slight coffee taste, but you can barely taste it in the cookie.  The cookie is still really, really good, but I'll be sure to amp up the coffee next time.

Now it's your turn.  

The "rules"

1 - Only link up a recipe that is relevant to the the week's theme.
2 - Make sure you link to a specific post and not to your main blog page.
3 - Please visit at least one other blog and leave a nice comment for them.
4 - Make sure you link back to Foodie Friday in your linked post so that others can find all of us. 

Linking to:
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous

2 crafty peeps said:

  1. So glad to have found your foodie friday party! Will have to try your cookie recipe, it's hard to beat a cookie with coffee in it!


  2. Hey girl! It's been ages...summer has taken over my life but now that falls around the corner I'm slowly getting back into the game. I like your new header! How is little Dex anyway?