Coo-coo for Coffee? Try These Latte Cookies.

Choco-Hazelnut Latte Cookies

Ingredients

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3 tbsp instant coffee granules or crystals
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tbsp hazelnut-flavored syrup for beverages (from 12.7-oz bottle)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups toasted hazelnuts, chopped*
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup chocolate frosting (from 1-lb container)
4 1/2 tsp hazelnut-flavored syrup for beverages (from 12.7-oz bottle)

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, cocoa and instant coffee. Add butter, 3 tbsp syrup and the egg; stir until soft dough forms. Stir in 1 cup of the nuts and the chocolate chips.

2. On un-greased cookie sheets, drop dough with rounded 1 1/2 tbsp-size cookie scoop or by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart. Press each mound to flatten slightly.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

4. In small bowl, stir frosting and 4 1/2 tsp syrup. Spread abut 1 tsp frosting on each cookie. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup nuts.

* To toast hazelnuts, heat oven to 350 F. Spread nuts in un-greased shallow pan. Bake uncovered 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown.

Cake for Espresso Experts

Chocolate-Espresso Chiffon Cake

Ingredients

8 eggs

4 tsp. espresso powder or instant coffee crystals

3/4 cup water

2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 tsp. vanilla

3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1 recipe Espresso Whipped Cream

Directions

1. Separate eggs, discarding 3 of the yolks or saving for another use. Let eggs stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat 325 degrees F. Dissolve espresso in water, set aside.

2. In large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, mix well in center. Add oil, the 5 egg yolks, dissolved espresso, and vanilla. Beat on low until moistened; beat on medium-high 4 to 5 minutes or until satin smooth, Stir in grated chocolate.

Wash and dry beaters. In 4-quart bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Pour chocolate batter in this stream over surface of whites; Fold to blend. Spoon in un-greased 10-inch tube pan.

4. Bake 60-70 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Invert pan to cool. Carefully loosen sides; remove from pan. Serve with Espresso Whipped Cream. Makes 14 servings.

Espresso Whipped Cream : In chilled bowl combine 1 cup whipping cream, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 to 1 tsp. espresso powder or instant coffee crystals, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form.