Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TWD - Cafe Volcano Cookies

This will be short and sweet (and that is a really hard thing for me as I love to "talk"!) But, I have laundry waiting in the laundry room, cookies baking in the oven (more Sables), presents to wrap and dishes to do. Sitting here chatting with all my baking friends is what I would rather be doing, but, being the responsible adult I am, I will make this post short and get back to work!

This weeks recipe, Cafe Volcano Cookies, was chosen by Macduff of Lonely Sidecar. Her cookies look fabulous and she even added a chocolate drizzle to them which made them look even tastier! Thanks Macduff for such an tasty and easy recipe!


And, how much easier is it to toast some nuts, toss them into some sugar, egg whites and espresso powder, stir and bake? Not much! I (and perhaps most of the other TWDers) had the required egg whites left over from when I baked the Sables, which only used egg yolks. In fact, I made my Volcano cookies the same day.

What a fun cookie for the mouth! Crunchy, crumbly, chewy, nutty, all at the same time! The meringue is so light and crispy when you first bite into the cookie. Then it becomes chewy. And all the nuts are running around in there too. Delicious!  They aren't the prettiest cookies on the block, but they more than make up for that in taste.


So, thanks again Macduff  for such a fun and easy recipe. Just what the doctor ordered! And, be sure to stop by TWD to see what all the other bakers thought of this one.

PS The cocoa ones I baked today turned out great! Even better I think than the original recipe. I also loved the pecans with the hazelnuts. I made 11/2 times the recipe and added 3 TBLS of dutch processed cocoa to the recipe. Turned out awesome!

16 comments:

  1. Susan, dishes can wait. Blogging is much more important.

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  2. Yes, I was able to use the leftover egg whites from the sables, too. Kind of handy to have these two recipes back to back like that. Good luck with all your projects. It's a busy time of year!

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  3. Your cookies look more like cookies than any of the others I've seen! (and dishes in the sink, I thought that was a requirement for membership in TWD, yes?)

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  4. Great description of the cookies! I hope you'll give us a taste update when you've done them in cocoa.

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  5. Glad you liked them! They were delicious!

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  6. It's fun to see as everyone wondered how these few ingredients could make a cookie, that they all look about the same. And strangely taste pretty good!

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  7. I think your assessment of these cookies is just spot-on! I'm glad you enjoyed making them. I was nervous about the process, but it ended up being fun. I'm so glad that these cookies were a hit at your house.

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  8. They look great! I liked the espresso, but I want to try using cocoa next time.

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  9. So glad you enjoyed these so much! I didn't love them, but I did have fun making them. I thought they would be better with cocoa, sounds like they were! Good to know if I ever do decide to make them again.

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  10. Love your description of the cookies. You are definitely right about them not being pretty. I had a hard time with the photos, but I did like the cookies.
    Mimi

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  11. Susan, your cookies look wonderful! They were definitely fun and easy to make! Good to know about the cocoa---will try that if I make them again!

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  12. Cocoa sounds like a good choice. I used chai tea!Your cookies look great and im glad you enjoyed them!

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  13. These don't look anything like I expected them to! As you know, I didn't get to these cookies this week, but they sound so very simple to try. They look pretty tasty, too!

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  14. The cookies look lovely, great job! I'm glad I ran out of espresso powder, since it sounds like cocoa powder is the way to go.

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  15. I came by earlier but you weren't posted yet, so I thought maybe you didn't make them b/c you might not like them...au contraire! LOL. We loved them, too. The guys literally inhaled them. I was so unsure the entire time I was mixing and baking but they look like most everyone else's, so I think I did okay. Will be making these again, and your ideas sound like just the way to go. MORE SABLES????? Are you kidding with that???? LOL. You are too funny with those sables.

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  16. I have a question for you. Do you crack your own hazelnuts or you can buy them shelled? You make me want to try these with chocolate in them.

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Please let me know what you think. I love to hear from other bakers.