Thursday, 19 December 2013

ESPRESSO WALNUT COOKIES (EGGLESS)


A cup of steaming hot aromatic coffee is my forbidden food. However much I may love a hot cup of coffee, it does not love me back. The caffeine in that hot cup doesn't gel with my body. Weird, but the only time I actually consume coffee is during the summer coz it doesn't play tricks when I consume it cold; the steaming one just wasn't made for me.

When I was holding a corporate job in Delhi, the only hot beverage that I would have once in a while during winters, was a cup of lemon tea from the office tea/coffee dispenser. I would console myself by merely inhaling the rich and alluring aromas of coffee wafting through the pantry.

It may sound strange to many but I can’t stand the smell of the creamy/ milky Indian Chai. Everyone here refuses to believe me when I tell them I don’t take chai. The next question that I invariably have to answer is “how can you live without that vital cup of chai!”? I hate to tell them that I abhor the much loved national beverage.

I try to get a fix of my much loved ingredient by using it in foods that I enjoy and where I know it will be incapable of creating a problem for my physical being. These walnut cookies are one such classic example. (It being winters, feel free to tip in table spoon or two of rum.)


120 grams butter
¾ cup sugar
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp espresso coffee
1 tsp vanilla essence
100 grams walnuts (I finely chopped half the amount to give texture to the cookies & the rest to                                                        powder)
1½ cup flour 
A pinch of salt

Whisk together the flour, salt, powdered walnuts, espresso coffee and finely chopped walnuts. In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and butter till soft and fluffy. Add the dry flour mixture and stir together with a spatula or a large spoon bring everything together. The dough will feel soft and moist. 

Wrap the dough in a cling wrap film and refrigerate it for 25-30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove from the fridge and using half the dough, roll it between two sheets of butter paper or parchment paper to 4 mm thickness or to the thickness of your choice. 

Using a cookie cutter cut out the dough and arrange it on the baking sheet keeping a little distance between each cut out cookie. 

Bake at 180 degrees C for 13-15 minutes or till the cookies begin to turn brown on the edges. Remove and rest the cookies for a few minutes before transferring them to the wire rack. Let them cool before storing them. 

Work with the rest of the dough in the same way. If it becomes difficult to roll and cut, refrigerate it for a few minutes and then start working with it again. Using a little over 2 inch cutter I could procure exactly three dozen cookies. 



Yield: 3 Dozen 

Thanks for visiting and see you soon again!

41 comments:

  1. Lovely cookies and this is aromatic and lv to grab some

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  2. u r not alone dear... i've a colleague of mine who hates tea to the core.. she tells the only way she knows how to make tea is the three cups that she makes at home for her hubby and in-laws with her known measurements!!! i can understand ur helplessness at smelling coffee, the smell just tempts, right... the cookies look awesome, love that last snap... how did u manage to hold on that cookie???

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  3. Lovely recipe, will try soon.

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  4. Ohohoh.. A tea lover here! can't start my day without a hot cuppa tea..:-) and don't really like coffee..
    The cookies looks great and in love with that last pic...

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  5. Lovely cookies! I wonder if one could use other nuts as well; probably! :) Have a wonderful Christmas. I used to love tea and drank it lots all day long. Occasionally I would have a coffee. Now that I'm older, both have given me up! :P I can relate.

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  6. That cookies look so filled with flavor and awesome clicks

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  7. yum... Great recipe .. Eggless ones always attract me more :)

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  8. We agree on the smell of tea with milk... Urgh. I don't like it either. My American husband loves it..and I make it for him.. but I won't even taste it off the spoon. :)

    Now these lovely espresso cookies... I would inhale. I love the smell of coffee. :)

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  9. A fabulous flavor combination! Your cookies must taste divine.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. You got me at the expresso itself. These look and sound divine! So perfect with my afternoon tea or coffee. Love these.

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  11. Coffee in cookies is so delicious! I'd love to have a couple of these for a sweet snack.

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  12. Strange how we don't like certain beverages. I am a big fan of coffee am forced to cut down. It is effecting my healthy and heartbeat. Chai is once a while but I love it after a spicy meal.

    These cookies are real beauties and with espresso, its a big yes all the way.

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  13. Glad you can find one way to enjoy the coffee though these yummy cookies but too bad it makes you feel bad in a hot cup. Pineapples have become my enemy in the last years.

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  14. Beautiful cookies and a chai lover here :)

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  15. These cookies sound wonderful - and a great way for those who cannot enjoy a warm cup of coffee to get their caffeine fix :)
    Thanks so much for sharing

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  16. Yeah, I had to stop drinking coffee as it bothered my stomach. But mocha or esspresso flavored desserts are still favorites. Your cookies are spectacular!

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  17. I also don't drink coffee for the same reason, my body does not agree! Leaves me feeling jittery and anxious! But love the smell. Your cookies a great that way, you can enjoy the taste without the after effect!

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  18. My wife loves the flavor of coffee but it doesn't agree with her. So we drink tea, instead. I take mine straight (black). I actually like the aroma of a milky chai, but don't like the taste. Anyway, Great cookies - perfect with tea the way I like it!

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  19. These cookies sound SO good- love the combination of flavors! And I love chai enough to cover both of us, ha! =)

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  20. These look like such delicious cookies! I love the combination of walnuts and espresso!

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  21. I don't drink much coffee because I don't enjoy it but I do like the taste of it in chocolate and cookies. Weird, I know. I would love these cookies!

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  22. These cookies look delicious! Love the combination of walnuts and espresso- beautiful combination!

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  23. These look so sinful and delicious! I love cookies..infact baked some just now :) Thanks for visiting my space dear! You do have a very creative space yourself!

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  24. The espresso walnut combination sounds awesome, gorgeous pictures.

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  25. Deliciosas y crujientes galletas muy buenas...Feliz Nvidad.abrazos.

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  26. Gorgeous cookies my friend, who can not adore walnuts in everything :D
    And eggless makes them perfect for my mum!

    Happy Holidays!
    CCU

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  27. I do not like traditional Indian chai either. Especially not the cooked in the pot till it's dead one, it gives me such horrible heartburn. I will take British brewed with a bit of milk. I however love coffee, as you know :)
    I would totally love these cookies, espresso and walnuts? What's not to love ?

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  28. Cofee with nuts, a duo killer!
    what a lovely and earthy cookies my friend!
    lovin your first photograph, preety damn professional!!!!
    Merry christmas and happy holidays, God blessed you all the way!!!

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  29. Great combo and looks super delicious!

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  30. May this Christmas marks the beginning of a wonderful year for us. Have a joyous Christmas!

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  31. Espresso and Walnuts are a gorgeous combination.
    These cookies are addictive :)
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  32. Oh I love the idea of a coffee cookies! I don't drink coffee either, but I do love the smell of it and can drink it with lots of cream and sugar. Your cookies look delicious! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday!

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  33. Love the idea of coffee cookies and walnuts seem like a great addition too!Would love to try this with Rum for the holidays :) Hope you're enjoying the holidays!

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  34. I drink coffee, hot and cold, but realized it tastes so much better in food! Coffee ice cream is probably my favorite and recipes such as these cookies go straight into my pinterest board! Lovely with walnuts, such a great combo. Happy New Year!

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  35. Such an interesting combination...coffee and walnut...looks delicious! And some rum will even boost the flavor.
    Happy New Year :D

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  36. There is nothing more filling like a good cookie to complete my hot chocolate drinking. These are amazing! I wish to you and your family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year full of love and good health!

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  37. Sorry that you can drink hot coffee. But seems like these cookies really helps with the coffee fix! I love coffee and nuts together. I can't wait to try the recipe.

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  38. Well I am glad you are able to enjoy the flavor of coffee through these beautiful cookies! Honestly, I'm not a fan of chai, either. But I do enjoy my coffee nearly every day....and these would be a perfect accompaniment! Stopping by to wish you a very happy, healthy and successful new year!

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  39. You are not alone. Even I dont enjoy hot coffee much. for me it is always cold coffee or any other coffee dessert with cream and all. Regarding Indian chai, I cant stomach that milky concoction. For me it has to be black tea without milk. Coffee and walnut cookies are just my kind of cookies, superb ! Happy new year and have a wonderful year ahead.
    Sukanya

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