Do you have a morning ritual?  Maybe you eat the exact same breakfast every day.  Or maybe you get up early to walk your dog or exercise.  If one thing is ritualistic about my morning it is that I enjoy a latte that I make myself eacb day.  Whether I get to sip my latte at home while catching up on cooking shows or I bring it along to work with me, there is something about drinking a warm, comforting latte that makes me happy.  And as a bonus I feel good about drinking it knowing that it is giving me a daily dose of calcium.

When I received the book Pure Vanilla:  Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques by Shauna Sever, these soft vanilla sugar cookies immediately caught my eye.

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Then, when I actually got around to making them, I was thrilled to notice a variation suggested in the recipe for Vanilla Latte Cookies.  Instant espresso powder is added into this cookie dough to create a soft and light cookie that is subtly flavored with the trace of espresso.  These cookies remind me of the thick, chewy sugar cookies that people love to buy at the grocery store.

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

If you are not a coffee fan, feel free to leave it out and you will still be left with a fantastic classic cookie.

*Baking Tip*  It drives me crazy if I forget to take my butter out of the refrigerator to let it soften before I bake.  To soften butter in a hurry, simply roll over the stick of butter with a rolling pin to flatten it slightly.  Flattening the butter, makes it thinner and softer and will allow you to use it immediately.

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Vanilla Latte Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Soft and light cookies smeared with thick vanilla frosting and laced with the espresso essence of your favorite vanilla latte

Ingredients

    For the cookies:!
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • For the frosting:!
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Instructions

  1. *Note: Cookie dough must be refrigerated for at least 2 hours before baking.)
  2. For the cookies:!
  3. In a small bowl, combine cake flour, salt, baking powder and espresso and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add egg, vanilla and corn syrup and mix to combine.
  6. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  7. Place plastic wrap over dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (refrigerating the dough will keep the cookies thicker as they bake).
  8. Preheat oven to 325 and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  9. Drop dough in 1/4 cup scoops onto prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  10. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  11. Cool completely before frosting.
  12. For the frosting:!
  13. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth.
  14. Divide frosting among cookies.
  15. Recipe adapted from Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever

 cream together butter and sugar

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add eggs and vanilla

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in dry ingredients

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

refrigerate dough and then scoop onto prepared baking sheets

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

bake and cool completely

bake and cool completely
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frost

Vanilla Latte Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The cookbook Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever is filled with recipes to satisfy the vanilla lover in all of us.  The book begins with an intriguing history of vanilla.  I find it interesting that vanilla has been sweetening desserts and things since the 1600s.  Shauna describes the different forms of vanilla as well as the taste variances in the different varieties of vanilla.

Pure Vanilla Cookbook Review

You can learn how to make your own vanilla extract or sugar which I think would be great hostess or holiday gifts.

Pure Vanilla Cookbook Review

And then come the recipes beginning with breakfasts such as Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding and Vanilla, Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Bacon.  Brunch anyone?

Pure Vanilla Cookbook Review

Then we move on to all of the likely dessert suspects such as cakes, pies, cookies and bars.  I cannot wait to make the Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies next.  Pure Vanilla has a full-sized photo for almost every recipe which I love and the detailed education on vanilla is such a bonus.

*Quirk Publishing provided me with a copy of Pure Vanilla, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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11 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    This is a great idea for a cookie! I love the specks of espresso powder!

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I love the flavors in these cookies, yum!

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  3. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    I love this flavor variation…it sounds delicious! And that rolling pin trick is going to be really helpful. Waiting for butter to soften is the worst!

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  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Love the espresso powder in these! I could go for a couple with a latte right now! 🙂

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  5. Luv What You Do
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    I never thought about using the rolling pin on cold butter. Great idea!

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  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    they look so elegant. fancy little cookies Mercedes! I love them! I want that vanilla cookbook now. 🙂

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  7. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    These sound so good! Not sure if I told you, but we recently got the nespresso milk frother and have also been enjoying lattes. So fun!

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  8. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Love that rolling pin tip! I always throw mine in the microwave and without fail it comes out semi-melted 😛 These look like great cookies, although I would leave out the coffee 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

      I am so glad that the butter tip helps you Anna! These cookies would be great without the coffee as well!

      Reply

  9. a farmer in the dell
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh I love the addition of the espresso in these cookies. They sound amazing. I am a total creature of habit and I wake up every morning, take my dog for a 3 mile run, eat the same breakfast, and enjoy about 3 cups of coffee. I never switch it up. I have issues!!!

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  10. Tash
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:46 am

    These look so light and delicious!! What a great combo :)- Latte!

    Reply

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