The Holiday Weekend in Pictures

Banana Cupcakes

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  Too short?  But filled with good things like family, food, beaches, and puppies?  Sounds just like mine!

I baked with my Ma this weekend–she’s a food expert.  We made those yummy and oh so sophisticated Cappuccino Flats.  They were actually very simple, which was for the best, as I was super distracted by puppy cuteness.  I mean SERIOUSLY…

Okay, okay.  I’m done.  Let’s talk about cookie and coffee goodness.  Here…

Errr.  I just can’t help myself!  Cutest puppy ever!  I wanted to steal him.  Anyways.  Here we go, for real this time…

Cappuccino Flats


Adapted from The Ultimate Cookie Collection

For cookies:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules, dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water
1 egg
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For Dipping:
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons shortening

With a hand mixer, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy.  Mix in sugars.  Add coffee, egg, and cocoa powder.  Mix until combined.

Combine flour, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl.  Gradually add mixed dried ingredients to the butter.  Batter will be sticky.

Spoon half of batter onto a sheet of plastic wrap.  Using the plastic wrap to help you, form the dough into a 6” long log.  Wrap in the plastic and repeat with the remaining batter.  Refrigerate until firm, 1-4 hours.  I only refrigerated for 1 hour, and then put the batter in the freezer for 30 minutes right before slicing.

Preheat your oven to 350°.  Remove dough from fridge or freezer, unwrap, and slice logs into 1/4” slices.  Place 1” apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes until firm.  Cool on a wire rack.

Melt the chocolate with the shortening on low power in the microwave, stirring every 20-30 seconds.  Dip cookies half-way into melted chocolate.  Place back on wire rack until dry.  If humid you may need to toss them in the fridge for a bit.

This recipe makes 5-6 dozen.

Note:  The dough gets more difficult to cut as it warms and the more you handle it.  If baking in shifts, I recommend putting the dough back in the freezer until ready to cut/bake.

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5 Responses to “The Holiday Weekend in Pictures”

  1. Jennie Says:

    oh my god!!! i want that puppy! and everything else from this weekend! i miss you and love you.

  2. Laura Says:

    Oh god, that puppy looks delicious.

  3. Jenna Says:

    Yes the puppy is cute but he has these really sharp baby teeth that like to nip at you and yucky puppy breath 🙂

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