Monday, May 31, 2010

~Coffee Break~

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 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But wait..what is this...seem that it was withdrawn.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)
1 egg
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!


Rachel said...

Too cute wrapped with a bow!
I started experimenting with chocolate and espresso cookies last year and you've piqued my interest with these cookies!
So glad you linked them up, thank you!

satakieli said...

Those look delicious!

illini89 said...

oh those look great! Will definitely try the recipe out soon!

I too go through my collection ever so often-as with you i too need to make room for the newest additions to my collection!!

Happy Tuesday

Cris Goode said...

Those look really good. It never occurred to me that I could "test" cookbooks from the library before buying... as silly as that sounds! Thanks for sharing and I think I am going to go "check out" some cookbooks now ;)

Mary said...

These look amazing and I'm so glad you spared this cookbook. I don't get here often enough. I'll have to make it a point to visit more often. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Yikes! I would have been nervous about the library fines, too. Glad it came out ok! :D

Those cookies look and sound delish! Have you tried almond extract in exchange for Amaretto at all like say 1 tsp or?

Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!

Mimi said...

Cookies look anything with amaretto!
I have way tooooooo many cookbooks, that I never use...many, many new ones that have never been used...guess it is time to take them to the library or thrift store.

colorchic said...

Discarding old cookbooks is just the hardest thing to do, my neighbor went through her's and "cut out" favorites made her own books of favorites and then sent them to goodwill. Sounds like a good idea, I just wouldn't want to end up with one of her old books ; )!
Have a great day!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love amaretto, the cookies look great!

Self Sagacity said...

Yummy Yummy! I always want to make cookies...tried a couple of times, they never look like yours. The library a day, you can't get away like that anymore. :-)

Stephanie said...

I have a ton of cookbooks that I really need to go through as well. I just don't ever seem to use them.

LiLu said...

Hahaha! I totally remember checking out books that way. How quaint!

anne maskell said...

thanks so much for visiting me! I know exactly what you mean about cookbooks. Every so often I have to have a sort out. I can't resist picking up more at yard sales, goodwill, or any place else I see them!

Dishesdone said...

so some cookbook lover will be happy with the 10-12 you drop off, and I bet you can't leave the place without finding some replacements, LOL, so that works!

Love the book story from the library, those are great looking cookies! they would go over big in this house!

Thanks for the mention, I think I should look over the books again, too!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I mentioned the cookie recipe in your mosaic post because it had caught my eyes here, first ;) They look delicious! Looks like one cookbook you found back in Louisiana - good thing you didn't give this one away.

jen said...

Thanks for the motivation. This is a project that I really need to address. Maybe my procrastination project for next week?
Or the week after, for sure!

Tiffanee said...

These look delicious! I love the presentation. Thanks for sharing,

Brenda said...

Anything coffee flavored is a friend of mine

Foley said...

Cookies look great - maybe it's the amaretto that caught my eye!! Now that I think of it, it was your recipe with amaretto on the cream cheese spread!!
Hope they don't come looking for you on the library book!!!

Kathleen said...

You are a good doobee donating your books. I don't buy them anymore...Unlike dishes, I have enough and I can find almost anything on the net.
The cookies look good, Suzy!

trooppetrie said...

I love finding old cookbooks

Debbie said...

Yum...these look delicious!!! Love the way you presented them too!
Cute blog.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your nice comment.

Cynthia said...

Suzy, I'm positive that you did NOT forget to return the book ... you're too conscientious to do something like that. ;)

What a difficult project to cull cookbooks. My husband is the cookbook collector in our home. He did a major culling six years ago when we remodeled the kitchen and now has more than ever. He doesn't even bother to cook from them; he just enjoys reading them and looking at the pictures. :)

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Amaretto liqueur is such a wonderful cooking ingredient and I use it a lot, but I've never made cookies with it. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe you've shared.

Michelle said...

Oooo those look yummy! I love the ribbon around them.

Oh and ummmm getting rid of cook books? It's so painful. I had to do the same once, and I'm getting close again. Good luck!

Amy Bowman said...

so glad you joined us at "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays!" Hope to see you again! (those cookies look fantastic!)

Marsha said...

These sound wonderful and the book sounds like it is full of wonderful cookies. Glad to hear you didn't have a library fine, LOL!

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