cinnamon coffee cookies

I'm emotionally quite ready for Christmas. I've also nearly decorated the house inside and out. I haven't quite taken down all my decorative white pumpkins yet... but those are just small details. I'll take those suckers down the day after Thanksgiving - and maybe make one more stuffed pumpkin to close out the season.

One of my favorite parts about Christmas is watching the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies. They are decidedly predictable and often use the same leading women from one movie to the next. I know because the girl I saw today at 9 am was the same one I saw at 5 pm. I've watched 3 1/2 movies so far and there is a solid chance I get in more than dozen in before New Years.

All of the very aggressive Christmas spirit pushed me right towards making cookies after dinner. The Hallmark movie I was watching contained a baking contest between elementary school teachers.... so it just felt right to make my own. I had tagged this recipe when I was flipping through the America's Test Kitchen cookie magazine recently - and it does not disappoint.

A few notes:

  • Cookie Size // Following the recipe sizing suggestions, I ended up with 25 relatively big cookies. I might suggest you make them a tiny bit smaller. You don't necessarily need more cookies... but I'd like them to be a touch smaller. 
  • Cook Time // Watch these babes carefully while baking - because of all the sugar and cinnamon it is a little challenging to see the edges becoming just a tiny bit brown. You really want to pull them right at 13 minutes. Based on looks, they might not appear done... but if you gently touch the edge, you'll feel that it is not raw anymore.

Here's how it goes.

  1. Stir coffee crystals into hot water and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together. Then add in all the remaining spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves), baking soda and baking powder. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs with vanilla and then add in the coffee liquid. Be careful that your coffee liquid is cooled - otherwise you'll be at risk of some scrambled eggs.
  4. Add the liquids to the big bowl and combine. Then add in the flour.
  5. Put the dough in the fridge for about 1-2 hours. I started to bake after about an hour ... and the dough was much firmer for the second batch. The firmer the dough the easier it will be to roll into balls.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  7. Ball up some cookie dough (like 2 1/2 inch balls). Roll the balls in a combination of granulated sugar and cinnamon. Place balls on a cooking sheet and bake for 12 to 13 minutes.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack.
Shopping List

2 tsp instant coffee crystals
1 T hot water
1 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3+ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

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