One of my childhood buddies has come over along with her mum and really talkative nursery-going daughter to spend a few days with me. The last time I met her was three years ago, when her lil one was just a couple of months old. It was my friend who got me addicted to bhel puri (an Indian snack item). She lived just two doors away and we’d spend the evenings discussing God-knows-what for hours on end. She put together a quick and simple bhel for the two of us – using just mur-mura (puffed rice), chopped tomatoes, onions and green chillies and sev (fried gram flour vermicelli).
I have spent countless hours gossiping about friends, neighbours, discussing our latest crush, commenting on clothes worn by passersby, movie stars and all things under the sun with her. She was (and is) the talkative sort and we all expected her little one to be like her. But nothing really prepared us for her peaches and cream (literally) girlie who would keep us occupied day through night with her imaginary tales of fairies and goblins and her play-act school where she’d be the teacher and all the rest of us grown-ups at home ‘babies’ at her school!
Who does a kid resemble – the father or the mother? It is a question that’s a hot favourite with everyone when you meet them after a long time. While my father felt Anya looked like her ma did as a kid, my mother felt she resembled her father. I, on the other hand, feel she looks exactly like her aunt, my friend’s elder sis. Each time she flashes her lovely smile at me, I think of her elder sis who used to treat me to lovely cold coffee in the summers. Now, all of us are married and living in different parts of the country.
After a hectic week of visiting relatives and old friends and crazy shopping sprees, my friend and her family have just left to board the train back home. And what will I miss most? Anya’s irresistibly sweet smile and interesting chatter. And each time I think of her, I’m reminded of my friend’d sis’ cold coffee. I rustled up this quick batch of coffee cookies with dark chocolate chunks for them to take home. Hope the cookies rekindle memories of our shared childhood when they bite into them as it did for me while the inviting smell of coffee wafted from the oven as the cookies baked to perfection.
Coffee Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks
(Yields 35-40 medium-sized cookies)
Maida/APF – 1 ½ cups
Butter – 110 gm
Instant coffee powder – 1 tbsp
Cocoa powder – ½ tsp
Powdered sugar – ½ cup
Light brown/Demerara sugar – ¼ cup
Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
Salt – ¼ tsp
Milk – 1 tbsp
Dark chocolate – 75 gm
Note: You can use 1 tbsp coffee decoction instead of instant coffee powder. If using, skip milk and add another 10 gm of butter
Roughly chop the chocolate
Add maida/APF, salt, baking powder, coffee and cocoa powders and sugar in a bowl and mix well
Add chocolate and mix well
Add butter and mix well to form and soft dough
Preheat oven to 180 deg C
Roll out dough and cut into any shape of your choice. I formed the dough into ½ tsp, 1 tsp and 2 tsp sized balls and flattened them out into the traditional cookie shape. I also formed some of these into triangles. I like the triangles and the bite sized ½ tsp cookies the best
Place them with well-spaced on a baking tray and bake for 20 mins. Don’t be tempted to keep them in longer if they sem soft to the touch. They’ll harden as they cool
Cool properly and store them in an airtight jar
Don’t these bite sized cookies look cute? They look big thankls to the close-up, but they are placed in a saucer less than 3 inches wide and are each less than three-fourths of an inch across. I’m in love with these coin-sized cookies
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* ‘Love & Chocolate Fest’ being hosted by Vimitha