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Christmas is a time for family and love, a time for magic and wonder, a time for…..BAKING!!! We’ve been baking up a storm here at Happylifeblogspot this December and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite, very unique, cookie recipes this year. Cappuccino Swirl Cookies look super duper impressive but are WAY easier to make than you think. This coffee flavored cookie has a hint of Irish cream which pairs wonderfully with the gorgeous little chocolate swirled topper. I like to make these at Christmas time but really this cookie is great any time of the year. Obviously you’ll need a hot cup of coffee for dunking. I mean it goes without saying, right?!?
Here’s all you’ll need: butter flavored shortening, white sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, Baileys coffee creamer (you can substitute Baileys or just plain ole milk), vanilla extract, flour, instant coffee, and Hershey’s hugs.
Add the shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. The butter flavored Crisco comes in the yellow package (blue is the original). And yes, of course you can use just plain ole regular Crisco if you don’t have the butter flavor on hand. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.
Next beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (think Baileys) and vanilla and mix until well combined. So about that coffee flavored liqueur, you can totally swap out for milk if you don’t have any Baileys on hand. I got a little creative and combined the two and used a Baileys flavored coffee creamer. And I’m SOOOO glad that I have leftovers for my coffee too!!! That stuff is delish!!
Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm. Ok so another reason Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are fabulous at Christmas time is because you need to chill the dough. So if you’re making a cookie smorgasbord like me, you can make all your cookie doughs one day, chill in the fridge, and then do all your baking the next day. It’s nice to break it up!
Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Don’t forget to line those cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you’re not team parchment paper then it’s time to hop on the band wagon. You really need this in your life!! This one simple trick (using parchment paper instead of cooking spray) will really take your cookie baking to the next level. Speaking from experience!!
Next combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. This will create that amazing, sparkly, coffee flavored coating. My mouth is watering already!
Lightly roll each and every ball into our sugar mixture. Evenly space the cookie balls on a baking sheet. You’ll want them to be about 2 inches apart. This cookie will flatten as it bakes.
See what I mean? Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set. If they’re getting brown then you’ve gone too far so keep a close and watchful eye on these lil guys. While the cookies are baking you’re going to wanna start unwrapping those chocolate candies. We need them ready to roll when the cookies are still hot out of the oven.
Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Now I know I’m usually telling you to get those cookies off the baking sheet ASAP but today we’re keeping them on there. The heat from the baking sheet is actually a good thing because we want those Hershey’s hugs to melt. Of course the cookies look gorgeous already and if you’re not brave enough to give this swirl a whirl, then go ahead and move the cookies to a cooling rack (so the Hershey’s hugs don’t melt).
Now for the big finish…..the swirl!!! Let those hot cookies sit for about 5 minutes or so until the Hershey’s hugs are nice and melty. It takes a few tries to get down the technique but I’m confident that you can do it. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon, whatever floats your boat) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. I like to go counter clockwise and I find that a light touch works best. I also find it helpful to start from the outside and work your way in towards the middle. Practice makes perfect! Cool completely on wire baking racks.
Ta-dah!!! Are those not the most fabulous cookies you’ve ever laid eyes on??? I mean these guys are bakery perfect! That swirl though!!! Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are sure to be the star of your cookie tray this year. Don’t forget to try our Soft Cut Out Cookies and Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies too!
Cappuccino Swirl Cookies
- 1 cup butter-flavor shortening
- 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon coffee-flavor liqueur (or coffee flavored creamer or milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons instant coffee crystals
- 48 Hershey's hugs (chocolate kisses with stripes)
- Step 1 Add shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.
- Step 2 Beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (you can substitute milk or coffee flavored creamer) and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Step 3 Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm.
- Step 4 Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. Lightly roll each ball into the sugar mixture.
- Step 5 Place balls 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set.
- Step 6 Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Let cookies sit for about 5 minutes to allow the Hershey’s hug to melt. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. Cool completely on wire baking racks.
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