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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Little Ghosties!

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Happy Halloween! A bit late I know, but as usual, I ran out of time to post this yesterday!
Here are some little coffee flavoured cookies that I made from a Rachel Allen recipe that was posted on the BBC food website. It's a really fabulous cookie dough, but if you make them, please add the coffee/egg mixture gradually, or you will have a very runny dough. Maybe Rachel Allen used smaller eggs than I did, mine were the large size. You can chill the dough before rolling out, if it's too soft, and I always chill my cookies on the baking sheets before cooking, as I find this stops them spreading too much.

Coffee Cookies
Adapted from a Rachel Allen Recipe

175g/6oz self raising flour
75g/3oz caster sugar
75g/3oz butter
2 tsp instant coffee powder or granules
1 tsp hot water
1 egg

Put the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs.

In a cup or small bowl, mix the coffee with the hot water, then add the egg and whisk together with a fork.

Add the egg mixture to the food processor gradually - you may not need all the egg mixture - and pulse until the dough just comes together. (If making this by hand, rub the butter into the flour and sugar in a bowl, then add the coffee/egg mixture and bring together to a dough.)

Dust the work surface lightly with flour (Rachel used icing sugar) and roll out the dough until it is 5mm/¼ in thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and lay them on ungreased baking sheets. Put the baking sheets into the fridge for an hour or so to let the cookies firm up and chill.

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet with a spatula and cool on a wire rack.

These will keep in an air-tight tin for a couple of days.

(Printable Recipe)


Marie Rayner said...

Ohh, you're little ghosties are sooo cute Nic!!! I have all of Rachel Allen's cookbooks. I love her style of cooking. She's one of my favourite cookbook authors! Wherever did you get that adorable cookie cutter!

Jeanne said...

Adorable!! And I love the idea of coffee cookies as an alternative to gingerbread cookies. Thanks!

Sylvie said...

Those little ghosts look fab Nic. Just looking at them makes me smile, now if I had to dunk one I'd be even happier!

Brilynn said...

What cute cookies! Love the faces.

M'nMs said...

These are sooo cute! Yummy recipe too! Never thought of coffee cookies.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I have a huge smile on my face right now. I'll have to bookmark these coffee delights for next Hallowe'en!!

Half Baked said...

Cute Cookies!!

Nic said...

Marie - look in your cookie cutter collection, you might have one! ;)

Thanks Jeanne - they do make a great alternative to gingerbread.

Sylvie - welcome to my blog - and the world of food blogging!

Thank you Brilynn, M&Ms, Valli and Half Baked.

Anonymous said...

These ghosts are so cute! I love their faces, and the way they are outlined, rather than being totally white. Great job!

Rasa Malaysia said...

OMG, these are too cute and adorable and too goofy...I LOOOOOVE them...this is easily the cutest food picture I have seen this year. :)

Nic said...

Thanks Bri!
Rasa - thanks so much!