Monday, May 31, 2010
I've been trying diligently to go through my collection of cookbooks to make sure I really need all of the many I've collected. If I can't find at least one recipe I really want to make I'm setting them aside to go to Goodwill. I've already brought 10-12 for donation *Gasp*. I know..it breaks my little cookbook collectin' heart too, but I must make room for new ones :-) One cookbook I've held onto for many years without trying a recipe from is Golde's Homemade Cookies.
I bought the book at a used book sale at the library. Or maybe it was just never returned....
Eighteen years overdue...OMG...what must my fines be now????? There is probably a wanted poster of me at the Rapides Parish Courthouse. I'll never be able to show my face in town again.
But wait..what is this...seem that it was withdrawn. *Deep Sigh of relief* Could be because someone let their kid take a pen to it! Thank goodness I have no human kidlets or I'd have to start worrying again.....
Anyways...never fear. Golde is not Goodwill bound. I have browsed through this book many times and there are several excellent sounding recipes I've wanted to try. Lets just chalk it up to laziness..many many years of laziness. I just never got around to it.
Well this weekend changed all that. And Golde would be proud I'm sure. At about 10pm last night I got a wild hair and decided I wanted cookies...NOW! I whipped them up and baked them lickety split all in the time it takes to watch a DVR'd rerun so if you're looking for a quickie cookie recipe this is it.
Espresso Amaretto Cookies
adapted from "Coffee Cookies" in Golde Hoffman Soloway's "Golde's Homemade Cookies"
1/2 cup shortening (I used the butter flavored variety)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons espresso powder (or instant coffee)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp amaretto liquer
1/2 cup nuts (I used slivered almonds)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl cream together the shortening, sugar and espresso powder. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet (or use a silicone mat like me). Bake for 10-13 minutes. Remove cookies immediately from pan and cool on a wire rack. They will be soft but harden up to a nice chewy cookie.
They have a nice mild coffee flavor and really make a great compliment to a real cup of coffee. I could see adding mini chips to this to give it more of a mocha flair.
I'm joining in for Moutherwatering Monday at A Southern Fairytale. Looks like some pretty tasty recipes you should go check out!
And with Tempt my Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.
And I've found another weekly virtual party that is pretty fitting for this post and something I need to attend every week Anti-procrastination Tuesdays @ New Nostaligia.
I think this also qualifies for my friend Carol's Cookbook Challenge!