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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Boxes of girl scout cookes meant time off from our Cookie of the Week.  We have a few thin mints hidden in the back of the freezer for a summer day, but for the most part they are gone.
It was a nice little break, but I really miss baking when I don't do it.  There is so much satisfaction for me in seeing a full cookie jar.  And then joy, in seeing it empty, knowing everyone enjoyed them, and I get to fill it again.
I was sort of burnt out on the whole Girl Scout Cookie flavor, so didn't try any of the recipes for the Homemade Girl Scout Cookies.  I still plan to, one day.
Sherri e-mailed me with a link to this recipe, and  I have been thinking about them ever since.  I decided not to tell the kids the name of them to see if they liked the flavor.
They are espresso-chocolate shortbread cookies.  I love the whole process of these.  Again, another slice and bake where the dough can be made ahead of time.  All three of my kids loved them.  My eight year old knew instantly that they were coffee flavored.  My twelve year old said he never tasted that flavor, but loved it.  Hmm. 
The recipe calls for instant espresso.  I didn't buy anything fancy, just Folgers, decaf.  It actually smelled so good I had to make myself a cup.  Really.  I used to drink Folgers instant coffee in my dorm my freshman year of college.  It tasted really great.  I don't know if it was the coffee or the memories.

Without a doubt, this was one of the best cookies.  The only problem is that it didn't make enough.  Next time I will definitely double the recipe.

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38 comments

  1. What would you use if you were making these for someone who rabidly hated coffee (and seems to be able to find it in everything).

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  2. Anonymous3/19/2008

    Yum! Fun!

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  3. Gosh they look yummy!

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  4. ohhhhh this one sounds the best! combing three of my loves, coffee...chocolate...and my favorite cookie ever-shortbread! How can it be bad!?!?!?!?! This one is getting made-one day

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  5. looks delicious, sounds divine. i like the fork pricks on the tops - cute!

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  6. The sight of them make my mouth water. I can only imagine the smell and taste. But why imagine only... (puts instant coffee on the shopping list).

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  7. Wow Leslie those look and sound delish...and we also do that 'thin mint in the back of the freezer trick' around here, too!

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  8. wow. those look great. a combo of my two favorites - coffee and shortbread!

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  9. thanks so much for sharing the recipe for these! i usd to bristle at the idea of eating shortbread, but as i got older and wiser i fell in love with it! and these look so good my mouth is watering!

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  10. Oh, wow! Coffee! I'll be trying this one for sure.

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  11. Oh yum! I can't wait to try these!

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  12. Mmm... I love shortbread cookies! The combination of that with coffee and chocolate sounds to die for!

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  13. okay. the problem with you posting pictures of cookies is that they always look delicious. the problem with that is i always want to make them. the problem with that is that i would eat them all. and you know the problem with that. enjoy making more!

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  14. We never have Girl Gudies selling cookies here.

    It sure looks yummy!

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  15. They look delicious! I'm a fool for anything coffee flavored.

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  16. deborah3/19/2008

    Can't wait to try this recipe! Medaglia d'Oro is an actual instant espresso you can find in many grocery stores, or particularly an Italian market. I keep a 2 oz. jar in my freezer for just such occasions! :D Yum - thanks for posting.

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  17. yummy. will definitely try!

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  18. Yummy, my husband would love these. I'll have to give them a go over the weekend.

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  19. Oooh, those look good. I love how you can just slice them like that. I want to try some but I have hubs on a diet this week! Do they freeze well? Should I freeze before I bake or after?

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  20. These cookies look very necessary. I shall make them. And when I do, I shall double the recipe!

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  21. These look like a keeper! I've heard such great reviews about that cookbook they are from also.
    I love your photos of them.

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  22. Anonymous3/20/2008

    Double yum!!!!!!!!!:)

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  23. I am thrilled that they turned out so well.

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  24. Cookies in a bag! Sounds like fun. And looks delicious :)

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  25. I am definitely going to have to make these! Soon! My pregnant sweet tooth is really kicking in, I've had an urge to bake many sugary delights... in between all the knitting, of course...

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  26. Holy Yummo, those look fantastic! Love the folgers story. My parents used to live off of the instant 'crystals' when I was growing up in Seattle, can you imagine if anyone else knew that they drank folgers crystals IN SEATTLE?! Blasphemy!

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  27. They DO look divine.. mmmmm... can you leave the expresso out?? Would it ruin it.. Coffee is not a taste I like at all... Ü BUT adore shortbread... Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  28. Ooooh! This looks so good! My kids would taste the coffee though....

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  29. monica3/23/2008

    I'm entering the 5th week without a kitchen... but oh boy do I want to bake those shortbread biscuits...

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  30. Yum! My parents would love this!

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  31. Yum! Would love to have some with coffee!

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  32. these look so yummy! baking is theraputic, isn't it?

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  33. The cookies look delicious, too bad I don't like coffee.

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  34. Just found your flickr and your blog this morning. great stuff! (just what i need ... another blog to check in on. Ha!) i was a folger's gal from 18-21 or so, myself. these look amazing. anything with shortbread texture must be good. Can I ask, is that a gallon freezer bag, or larger?

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  35. I saw these here last week and they looked so good, I made them the next day. They are delicious--and so easy. The bag is a wonderfully clever idea. I took a bag of the shortbread and some white chocolate/cranberry biscotti that I make occasionally to my daughter's regatta on Saturday and they were gobbled up in a flash. I'll definately make them again, and I agree with you, I'll make a double batch next time . Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  36. OH, no, no, no! I have my 20-year reunion coming up in May, and have to lose all this weight I've gained from sitting reading blogs all day instead of walking my dog like a good mommy. These cookies are going to be the death of me.

    Or give me an excuse not to have to go... Hm...

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  37. Wow! These look amazing! Putting the instant espresso on my shopping list. Thanks!

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  38. my oldest daughter loves coffee so I'll need to make these for her and have her try them.

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