Monday, June 21, 2010

Mocha Sables

This morning I woke up an hour earlier than I needed to. Wondering what to do with my morning, my mind wandered to baking and all the lovely recipes I have collected and not yet tried. I made some tea and flipped through my recipe binder and this one stuck out to me because of the short ingredient list and the quick prep time. I knew they would be good but these little gems blew me away! Anna Olson is amazing and I try to catch her Food Network (Canada) TV show "Sugar" as much as I can.

I have decided to participate in Cookbook Sundays with Brenda's Canadian Kitchen. Just like Magazine Mondays with Creampuffs in Venice, this group tries to bake its way through books/magazines that you own but have yet to use. What a great idea - it will give me incentive to actually bake from my existing cookbook collection before buying MORE books, lol.

The cookies are light, crisp with strong coffee flavor. The granulated sugar they are rolled in after baking adds a nice crunch and hit of sweetness. These are the kind of cookie you could nibble on all day long. The photo does not do these cookies justice. You've gotta try them and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

Mocha Sables
Adapted from "Sugar" by Anna Olson

1 cup butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup espresso or 2 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder in 1/4 cup hot water
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
icing sugar for rolling and granulated sugar for dusting

1) Cream together butter and icing sugar until fluffy.
2) Add in vanilla and cooled espresso.
3) Sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Add to creamed butter mixture.
4) On a surface dusted with icing sugar, shape the dough into 2 logs, approximately 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
5) Cover and refrigerate until fully chilled (or freeze if you want to bake them at a later date).
6) Remove chilled dough and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on baking tray. These do not spread so they can be placed quite close together.
7) Bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
8) In a bowl filled with sugar, toss warm cookies to coat. *To make sure the sugar sticks you need to work quickly while the cookies are still hot/warm.


Brenda De Sousa said...

Tia, thank you so much for participating in my Cookbook Sundays! And I love Anna Olsen too, she makes the most delectable desserts. I keep eyeing her cookbook but you're right, we need to use the ones we have, lol!

Holly said...

These cookies look good -love a cookie with coofee flavor:) I can see I've been missing out over here! The brownie NYC looks sooo yummy as does the strawberry cake!

Juliana said...

Tia, the mocha sables sure look so good...would love to enjoy it with a cup of tea :-)

Lisa said...

ive never actually had sables before! but judging by the way you describe it, it sounds really unique. i think ill have to try it sometime =)
oh, by the way, i have nominated your blog for the happy 101 award =). you can check out the details on the latest post on my blog.

CheapAppetite said...

Yum! I love coffee flavor. The photo already looks great. But if it doesn't do the justice, those cookies must be awesome! Drool!

Helen said...

I love quick and easy recipes, this is a definite must for those times when you want a sweet treat fast!

The Food Hunter said...

Browsing through your blog...everything looks so good.