Cookies · Desserts

When in Seattle, …

Didn’t you hate when you were in school and the teacher asked a question, digging for the answer they wanted?  You could actually have come up with a brilliant answer, but it wasn’t what they wanted so they persisted till you aligned with their rightness of the world.

Talking Einstein BobbleheadAlbert, what do you know about time? 

Well, Fräulein Lehrerin, I think that E=MC².

That’s an interesting answer Herr Einstein, however do you think maybe it might be that time advances at a constant rate?  Hm????

Poor Albert.  Destined to become an iconic Bobblehead Doll
for his total failure to understand linear matters.  But enough of theoretical physics.  Let’s play, “Search for the Right Answer.”  For our contestants today, the category is SEATTLE.

What is the #1 thing people associate with Seattle, WA?  ~theme from Jeopardy plays~

Salmon – good answer, but no.

Jimi Hendrix – well, yes, that too, but no.

Bill Gates and/or Microsoft – that is also a great, intuitive and wrong answer.

And our final contestant, Howard Schulz.  What did you write?

Coffee – final answer.

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!  Yes, that’s correct! 

We are Latteland, home of Starbucks (and 30 other coffee companies).  The IV drips in our hospital ER’s are brown colored, our rhodedendrons look great because we mulch them with used coffee grounds, and no one blinks an eye if you ask for a “Venti half caf caramel machiatto, no foam, single pump of chai, with room.”

Daniel, who works at Starbucks, is also in the National Guard.  Today he is deploying to Yakistan for his 2 week summer obligation.  Yakistan, for those desperately searching their geographical databanks, is what they call the Yakima training facility in E. Washington; it’s hot high desert, resembling the Middle East.  I offered to make Daniel some cookies to take with and had to remember all the hot weather rules which we had employed for his deployed packages.  Chocolate is right out.  There is nothing worse than having to clean your weapon because of the goo from your cookie.

But wait, I came across a great recipe in Taste of Home which was both chocolate AND transportable to the unforgiving hot box.  I had to modify it.  This is Seattle and the amount of coffee in these wasn’t going to appease the caffeinated masses, so with a couple of tweaks, here are

Chocolate Cappuccino CookiesBrewed Coffee

Adapted from Taste of Home
1 T instant coffee granules or instant espresso powder
1 T hot water
[OR 2 T pulled espresso plus 1/2 tsp espresso grind beans]
1 egg white
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 T corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
In a small bowl dissolve coffee granules in hot water, or if using an espresso shot, mix the ground beans and coffee together. 
Mix together the egg white, sugar, oil, corn syrup, vanilla and coffee.  Beat until well blended.  Combine the flour, cocoa and salt.  Gradually add to the coffee mixture.
Roll into 1-in. balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Flatten to 1/4-in thickeness with a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake at 350º for 5-7 minutes or until center is set.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Yield 3-1/2 dozen.
I used the brewed espresso plus finely ground beans to up the ante on the coffee flavor.  No one who tasted them was disappointed.

4 thoughts on “When in Seattle, …

  1. I got a caffeine buzz just reading the recipe. What, no picture of the cookies? There must always be a picture of the cookies. It the bloggers law. Kinda.

    Loving the Yakistan. hehe We have huge fields of opium poopies growing here in Checkendon.(They are a medicinal crop.) It’s been dubbed Checkenstan.


    1. I would have put up pictures, but between my children and my hubby, they went awfully quickly. We did have reports from Steve’s work of them being well received. Darn, I’ll have to make more!


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