Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cafe Volcano Cookies

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by MacDuff of The Lonely Sidecar. She selected the Café Volcano Cookies. These are some really interesting cookies so if you would like to see how the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers fared with this recipe, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blog.

These are the most unusual cookies that I have ever made. Putting them together, just really can’t imagine that they are going to turn out, but they really do! This was also about the easiest recipe ever selected by the group, which was a nice surprise. All you do is toast some nuts, then put those in a saucepan with egg whites, sugar, and espresso powder, warm them up until they are warm and bake. They just look so odd putting them on the cookie sheet, I guess they sort o
f look like pralines. You don’t beat the egg whites or anything so I was really wondering how on earth these would rise or anything.

Some sort of magic happens when these are in the oven, because they puff up and look like cookies! They are crispy and crumbly, light and airy. They have a great flavor; the coffee isn’t too strong. When I first took a bite, they flavor was vaguely reminiscent of caramel popcorn, and they are similar in texture, too. You do have to be really careful with these, since they crumble with the slightest touch. I was really glad I had the opportunity to make these cookies this week, since they were so different than anything I had made before.

Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan


Hindy said...

Your cookie photo is lovely. Well done!

Anonymous said...

You're right that these looked like pralines before baking. But somehow they turned into volcanoes!

Sarah said...

These were awfully fun to make, though I can't say I enjoyed them too much... I had the same thought about them looking like pralines. I'm glad you enjoyed them!