Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Vanilla Latte

Upon finishing assignments, one of the first things I did with the abundance of time I suddenly had was some baking.

Baking is like a stress release for me. Putting the ingredients in a bowl, then onto a tray or in a muffin pan, and finally into a hot hot oven where it sits for a period of time and becomes delicious. The intoxicating smell of baking fills the room. It might be the rich moistness of bananas in a banana cake. It might be a sweet syrupy caramel odour from caramel cookies. Whatever it is, it makes you just want to rip open the oven door and either inhale the contents of the oven, or shove it all in your gob, piping hot. Whatever happens, there is something extra-delicious about just-baked goods. Soft and warm, with a nice cup of coffee. The best way to cheer anyone up.

Anyway, I made these cookies. It was fun. Full stop.

Although, the icing part wasn't so fun. I ruined one batch of chocolate (completely) and then I broke my bowl... But apart from that, good times ^^;

Vanilla latte cookies
Makes 15

1 vanilla latte sachet
1/2 tsp coffee
1/2 Tbsp hot water
110g butter, softened
70g sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
140g flour
pinch of salt

White chocolate, for icing

1. Mix first 3 ingredients to make a coffee paste.
2. Mix butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Beat in milk, vanilla and coffee paste. Sift in flour and salt and stir well until thoroughly combined. Wrap the dough in glad wrap and refrigerate for about 30-60 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 190C and line a baking tray with paper.
4. Unwrap the dough and roll out between two sheets of baking paper. Stamp out cookies with a 6cm round cutter and put them on baking trays, well apart.
5. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
6. When cooled, ice with melted white chocolate.

Eat them with a hot cup of coffee.

Enjoy! :)

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