Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wake Up Call!

Who needs coffee, Oops! caffeine in the AM when you can have Java Jolts...

Java Jolts
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 TB instant coffee granules, (flavored is best - hazelnut)
1/8 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or hazelnut syrup)
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, optional
Topping, see below (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (165 degrees C). Sift together the flour, cocoa,  baking soda, salt, & coffee.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla and egg until light and creamy.
Mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. With a wooden spoon - mix in the nuts.

Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoon  onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.  After cooled, drizzle with topping and sprinkle with additional nuts.

1 cup semi sweet morsels
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/8 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, optional
Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and melt over med heat.  Stir constantly.  Remove from stove.  Cool about 10 minutes.  Put into a plastic sandwich bag and snip a small hole in the corner or pastry bag and drizzle over cookies.  Then, sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.

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