Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Last month, I attended the kick-off soiree for this year’s Chicago Food Film Festival. If you’ve never heard of the event, it’s exactly what it sounds like: you get to watch films about food…and then sample the featured foods! NOMS city. (They even inserted napkins in our programs!)

Food Film Fest

To preserve the authenticity of the dishes and the tasting experience, the event organizers flew in ingredients (and in some cases, the chefs, too!) from the places profiled in the food flicks. The biggest draw at the party was by far the Ramen Burger. YES. You heard me right. A delicious patty enclosed in a ramen “bun.” Dreamed up by ramen connoisseur Keizo Shimamoto, this noodle nosh caused quite the craze this year, right up there with the cronut. (Like the cronut, the lines to try the Ramen Burger in New York can be quite long; Shimamoto once even swapped a customer a burger for a cronut!) 

Food Film Fest

Ramen Burger team, assemble! Chef Shimamoto and crew built their creations in front of our drooling eyes. Want to learn more about this burger bliss? Check out the trailer for the Ramen Burger film: http://vimeo.com/75558527

Food Film Fest

Burger aside, one of the surprise showstoppers for me was the Compost Cookie from David Chang’s Momofuku Milk Bar. It’s called a Compost Cookie because it crams in a TON of ingredients, including (but not limited to) potato chips, oatmeal, chocolate chips, pretzels and ground coffee. The coffee grounds really gave the cookies a mighty fine finish. They flew Compost Cookie samples in straight from NYC that morning! We even got to take a few pieces home in our goodie bags to enjoy for breakfast the next morning. :)

Food Film Fest

Inspired by this everything cookie, I knew I had to try to make a simplified version: Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Coffee Cookies.

The Makings: (Yields about 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies)

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

  • Flour – 2 1/4 cups
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground coffee – 2 teaspoons
  • Butter or margarine – 1 cup (2 sticks)
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs – 2
  • Chocolate Chips – 2/3 cup
  • Butterscotch Chips – 2/3 cup
  • White Chocolate Chips – 2/3 cup

The Sweetness:

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and coffee grounds together in medium bowl.

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

2. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Slowly mix in eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually add dry mixture into large bowl until incorporated.

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

Chocolate Butterscotch Coffee Cookies

3. Stir in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Use tablespoon to drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet. (Use extra chocolate and butterscotch chips to position on top of cookie dough drops.) Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.

Next time around, I’d add in more coffee grounds, as the butterscotch dominated the flavor profile of these cookies, but overall I liked that you got a slightly different blend of flavors with every bite. Serve them up as a snack with a glass of milk or mug of coffee. (Hey, there’s coffee in ’em, so go ahead and take a couple for breakfast. ;)

More Sweetness:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins  Apple Pie Cookies  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Holiday Pod Decorating Contest & Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer

Twas the season at my office for an inaugural holiday pod decorating contest. After assembling our group of working elves, we settled on a theme: The North Pole.  Then it was off to Pinterest to find some inspiration.

Reindeer Cheer

Our DIY display included a faux cardboard fireplace, a mantel display featuring holiday photos of our team, santa and a snowman made from empty milk gallons, a reindeer stable for our newest colleague – an inflatable reindeer named “I’m Rein Burgundy?” – and lights, lots and lots of lights!

Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer
Reindeer Cheer
To keep “I’m Rein Burgundy” company, I also created some gingerbread cookies and reindeer marshmallows.
Reindeer Cheer
Reindeer Cheer
For the gingerbread cookies, I used a cookie mix from Betty Crocker, Wilton cookie cutters and icing, sprinkles and chocolate for embellishments. To create the reindeer marshmallows, I used jet puffed marshmallows (and icing to attach the heads to bodies), pretzels for antlers and legs, chocolate, red licorice strips for the scarf and an edible marker to create the eyes.

Reindeer Cheer
Our North Pole pod took home the award for “Best Use of Office Space”. Hooray! We were very proud of our collective efforts; I have some crafty colleagues. :) The entire experience definitely put us in a festive, holly, jolly mood.

More Sweetness:
Apple Pie Cookies  White Chocolate Popcorn  Eggnog Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I also celebrated Friendsgiving. One of the best things about potlucks, (besides having another reason to try out a new recipe,) is the amount of food available to nibble on! Inevitably, people end up bringing SO MUCH YUM that there is enough to take a plate of leftovers home. Check out a sampling of this year’s spread below. (This was probably about 1/3 of the feast.)

Friendsgiving

This year for Friendsgiving, I decided to bring a bowl of spicy sweet potato fries…and apple pie cookies. As you’ll see by the ingredients list below, essentially these cookies really ARE miniature pies. Once they’ve baked, they ooze out apple-caramel goodness, and there’s a hint of extra sweetness with the cinnamon sugar coating dusted on top of the “lattice-like” crust. They’re perfect to take to a fall/winter holiday occasion, but really, I think they’d also make a fun dessert in the summer, too.

Apple Pie Cookies

The Makings:

Apple Pie Cookies

  • Frozen pie crusts – 1 box
  • Apple pie filling – 1 can
  • Caramel sauce – 1 cup
  • Circle cookie cutter (I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter from Sur La Table which yielded ~18 cookies.)
  • Cinnamon and sugar – 1 tablespoon of each
  • Egg – 1
  • Parchment paper
  • Flour – just enough to sprinkle on the crusts to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper

The Sweetness:

Apple Pie Cookies

1. Sprinkle flour on 1 pie crust and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. (I also rolled out my 2nd pie crust at the same time on a separate sheet of parchment paper, to ensure it was the same size. You’ll need it later to top your pie cookies!) Squeeze out caramel sauce on crust, and spread with a brush, using just enough to coat crust with a thin layer. (I used a squeeze bottle of Sundae Syrup, but you can also find caramel topping in a jar.)

Apple Pie Cookies

2. Pour out pie filling on cutting board and chop it into bite-size pieces. Spread topping on crust.

3. Cut 2nd pie crust into strips and weave into a lattice pattern. (I love my little pizza cutter guy…he doubled as a pie crust cutter for this recipe!)

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

4. Dip circle cookie cutter in egg wash and cut out pie cookies. Arrange on cookie sheet. Brush some extra egg wash on cookie tops and add a dusting of cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Apple Pie Cookies

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then allow time to cool. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Recipe adapted from Oh, Bite It!

More Sweetness:

Eggnog Cookies  Reindeer Cheer  Coconut-Apricot Macaroons

Tis’ the Season for Candy Cane Sweets

Candy Cane Candies

One of these things is not like the others…but is definitely still super delicious. :) (I had just talked myself out of eating some of our leftover Halloween candy when my roomie walked in with a new batch of seasonally appropriate sweets.)

In related news, my roomie was at it again last night, decorating our apartment for the holidays. The santa I’ve affectionately dubbed “Kitchen Claus” has made his jolly return. It’s almost time to play round two of Spot the Santas!

Kitchen Claus

More Sweetness:
Eggnog Cookies  Pumpkin Pound Cake  White Chocolate Popcorn