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happiness liquified: iced coffee and coffee bean cookies

I love coffee. I love everything about coffee. The aroma, the warmth, the color, that first sip in the morning. The caffeine. I worked as a barista fresh out of college back in the mid ’90s, right outside the Dupont Circle metro stop here in DC. The night shift. I have some insane stories about that gig for another time. Now that shop has been absorbed by the bank next door, sigh. I made a mean cappucino, latte, macchiato… But I always drank regular Joe myself. Cream, no sugar.

Early in my pregnancy with my daughter, my husband came downstairs one morning and asked how I was doing without coffee. “Who’s doing what without what now?” was my response, as I sipped coffee from my mug. I think because I adore the stuff so much, nay, need the stuff so much, people are under the impression I down pots of coffee in the multiples daily. I don’t. A cup in the morning and about half a cup in the afternoon. That’s it. (Usually.)

Summer raises a coffee dilemma. A cup of coffee’s warmth is so crucial to the experience, but it’s over 100 degrees here in DC. Luckily, I’m not averse to iced coffee. I started accepting the notion when I visited Alaska, of all places, also in the mid-1990s. There was a coffee cart in some random parking lot in Anchorage that served iced Americanos (two shots of espresso, watered down over ice). Every day ’til I left Alaska, I got that iced Americano. Man, that was a good iced Americano. Now I make the trip to Starbucks for my iced coffee.

I recently tried to make iced coffee at home by simply brewing a pot of coffee (French press), having a cup and chilling the rest. But it wasn’t right. Too many dregs, weird flavor. Then I had the duh moment to just google how to make iced coffee, and I found these super-simple instructions from The Pioneer Woman. I followed the instructions, cutting the amounts in half, letting the coffee steep overnight, and using paper towels in lieu of cheesecloth since I just can’t find my cheesecloth (seriously, where can it be?). And since I like my coffee unsweetened, I didn’t add any sugar or sweetened condensed milk, only some cream.

The verdict: Just-right flavor, no dregs, perfect. So I made these coffee bean cookies to go along with the iced coffee.



For the cookies, I used my chocolate cookie dough, cut out 1-inch oval cookies, mixed up some of my royal icing, tinted it light brown with Chocolate Brown Americolor soft gel paste, assembled a decorating bag with a coupler and size “2″ tip, and piped, leaving a little path in the center of the cookie. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. I love how they turned out. Even though there is no coffee flavoring in these whatsoever (note to self, next time add coffee extract), I swear they smelled just like coffee beans.

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16 Comments

  1. Trish - Sweetology101
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    ok the drink recipe and cookies are superb but let me tell you a little story about the time Trisha tried to "kick the caffeine"…my coworkers had an intervention and it almost involved 911 and men in white coats. Normally at work my coworkers refer to me (affectionately I hope) as Mary Poppins owing to my normally sunny disposition. When Mary turned into Damion from Omen we knew there was a problem. I will take a large, venti, grande, tall, extra shot with a side of extra shot to go please. Wouldn't a caffeine patch be a GREAT idea! **Million dollar baby!**** Cheers!

  2. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank goodness for your co-workers. Why, oh why, would anyone want to kick caffeine? (Please, no one respond with the dangers of caffeine, even if I knew, I wouldn't kick caffeine.) I heart my coffee.

  3. Lorraine
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    This post is very dear to me Meaghan! I have the same feelings about coffee! I will make both soon! Thanks so much!

  4. CeRae
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    mmmmmm…. coffee…. And adorable cookies!

  5. Kristen P - "Praz"
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    wow!! these look fab!

  6. naomi
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I am a coffee addict. I love it because it keeps my brain moving, but I really like the flavor.

    That said, I love this post. Ice coffee is delish and I love the cookies!

  7. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    MEGS!!!!! I love these! Love love love love…Im 80 miles from the nearest SB.. perhaps I better google Chai tea lattes. Ol' PW better have somethin for me too!

  8. millionsofmorsels.com
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Coffee!! It's the new black! :D I just read a post on Bon Appetit about coffee – the writer argues that coffee ice cream is better than chocolate ice cream: http://live.gourmet.com/2011/07/kemps-kitchen-why-coffee-ice-cream-is-the-new-chocolate/

    I'd have to agree! Coffee ice cream sandwiched between two of your pretty coffee cookies sounds so good right about now.

  9. Smidge 'n Pinch, posh cupcake supplies
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Sipping my Starbucks white chocolate mocha and enjoying this post!

  10. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm I can smell the coffee from here. My husband is a bit of a iced coffee addict, will have to try out that recipe, and me, coffee cookies would go down a treat I think.

  11. Chaotic pOsha
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    AWESOME!

    Am a coffee lover and I think this is the MOST interesting post so far ;p

    Love the coffee cookies! really brilliant. am gonna make em too

    You really should write a book.

  12. PiaMarianne
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    That looks truly yummy! Great captures too. :)

  13. Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I still haven't tried PW's recipe for iced coffee but I need to get on that
    … thanks for the reminder!

  14. Maren
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi Meaghan!

    I wanted to thank you for sharing the coffee-bean cookie idea! Last week I made them for my grandparents (I used strong coffee to make the icing which gave it some flavour at the same time). I liked the taste and the look of them a lot (even if my icing was way to stiff in the beginning) and after all they said my grandparents liked them even more. My grandma even said that "they could be sold in a bakery like this".

    So thanks for sharing, not just for those but in general. Your blog is really helpful for beginners like me.

    Maren

  15. Chic Cookies
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much Maren! sheesh, you throw happy grandparents in there and takes things to a whole new level :) !

  16. canvas prints
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful recipie and you can't beat a lovely iced coffee on a warm day! ALso those coffee bean cookies look delicious!

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