Monday, September 20, 2010

Latte Cookies Recipe

Latte Cookies, finalist in Dallas Morning News-Central Mkt Holiday Cookie Contest
October is not just crisp air and colored leaves for me, it also means it is time to start selecting my recipes for the Dallas Morning News-Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest. I mail in my three recipes in catagories that include Family Recipe Cookie, Decadent Cookie, Bar Cookie, Incredibly Easy Cookie, Decorated Cookie, and The Cookie Man Cookie which is judged just for appearance.  The entry fee, 100% of it, goes to The Dallas Morning News Charities. I take the prepared cookies to the Dallas Central Market for judging, I always make new friends there and we get to take home samples of all the entries.  It is a most enjoyable day to make new friends who love to discuss such things as the virtures of one type of flour over another. (They have not heard of White Lily!). 

I have entered three of the past four years, have always been a finalist (10 are chosen from each category), won first place one year, last year won 3rd place. 

This recipe I am sharing on here was one of my first entries, it was chosen as one of the ten finalists in the Incredibly Easy Category. 

Latte Cookies

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together sugars, shortening, egg, milk and vanilla extract.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten to 1/8 inch thickness with greased bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake until light brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

Note:  Medaglia D'oro Espresso Coffee can be found at most major grocery stores.  It is instant dried coffee and comes in a 2 ounce jar.


Lyrics of Love and Lore said...

This woman can cook. Two years ago she threw me out of the kitchen as she was baking her cookies for the contest. I was eating them as fast as she got them out of the oven.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This is my kind o cookie - love the coffee powder! Good luck with the contest!