Sunday, December 12, 2010

Add a little buzz to your cookies, then gift 'em!

If you haven't seen the gorgeous packaging from Brooklyn's Mast Brother Chocolates, then you are really missing out on some beautiful chocolate. It's so nice that I almost feel bad tearing the packaging open (I said almost...Mast Brothers makes some seriously delicious chocolate). I was inspired by their addictive Stumptown Coffee Dark Chocolate bar, and decided to make some coffee inspired treats of my own. 

The original recipe is Martha Stewart's Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps, but I decided to double the recipe (because they are that good). I also added an extra kick of espresso and some Raw Organic Cacao Nibs that were a gift to me from my sister's trip to Panama.

Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps
Serves 36


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons instant espresso
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)2 tablespoons milk
Confectioners' sugar, for coating

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs until well combined; mix in cooled chocolate. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat in milk until just combined. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Pour confectioners' sugar (about 1 cup) into a medium bowl; working in batches, roll balls in sugar two times, letting them sit in sugar between coatings.

Place on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, 12 to 14 minutes; cookies will still be soft to the touch. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Now, I know it's tempting to eat them all yourself, but 'tis the season for gifting. So, show someone you care by giving them these delicious cookies! I designed these Holiday labels to stick on the box. 

Print them out here and use 'em on your homemade gifts!

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