cappuccino-chocolate chip-rolled in sugar cookies

I’ve just taken a dozen Cappuccino Royales out of the oven.  The house, once again, smells of ‘baked cookie’ potpourri. Ahhhh….

Though I’m not a coffee drinker, I am a huge fan of coffee stirred into chocolate!  These cookies are delicious, and would be good with your morning coffee, or your noon coffee, or your anytime coffee.

This is another recipe from the Hannah Swensen mystery series by Joanne Fluke.  ”Key Lime Pie Murder,” page 178. Listed below is my adaptation of the recipe.

Cappuccino Royales

1 c. melted butter

2 T. espresso powder
1 t. vanilla
1 t. brandy

10.5 oz granulated sugar
1 1/2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder

Mix all well.

1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
13.25 oz flour

Stir in the chocolate chips.  Add the flour, stirring until thoroughly incorporated.  (I had to use my hands to combine the last of the flour into the dough.)

Use a #50 scoop, and form dough into balls.  Roll balls in granulated sugar.  Place sugar-coated cookie dough balls on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 11 minutes.   Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

This half-recipe made about 4 dozen cookies; however, I froze some of the cookie dough balls and baked at a later date.  Today is that later date!  They are just as tasty baked from previously frozen dough as they were when they were baked from freshly mixed dough.

The flavor of these cookies is all about the espresso powder.  The chocolate chips seem to be present only for texture, and they do add a gooey chocolate texture.

The fluted-edge yellow pottery in the picture was purchased this summer at our local Memphis Farmers Market.  ’Moon Mama Pottery,’ clay creations by Michele Price (

chocolate, chocolate cookies

“Twin Chocolate Cookies” to be more correct.  This is another Cookie Jar – Hannah Swensen – Joanne Fluke recipe (“Blueberry Muffin Murder” page 136).

The outside of this cookie does not crunch, but holds within it’s walls a rich, decedent center.  Though I toasted the pecans, there is so much chocolate that the pecans are included mainly for texture and not flavor.  I would add a touch of espresso powder; however, they are delicious just as the recipe is written.

The cookies puff a bit in the oven, then fall and crack when removed from the oven.

I froze some of the cookie dough in #50 scoop ball size.  I believe, if possible, the cookies taste better and bake better out of the freezer.

These will be a win-win with all your chocolate lover friends and family.

popovers and summer salad

These popovers are made from a simple, basic recipe.  Once again, this is a “Cookie Jar” recipe from Joanne Fluke’s book, “Key Lime Pie Murder.”  I must confess that I have had far superior results with this simple recipe than with other popover recipes that require such techniques as mix well, mix gently, let the batter rest, don’t let the batter rest, etc, etc, etc.

Pretty on the inside:

Popovers paired with this salad recipe from my friend at Mrs. Ermel’s blog. Strawberries, blueberries, tangerines, greens, (you could add roasted chicken) strawberry vinaigrette, and the best part…

Sugared almonds!

(mix by hand; don’t use a mixer)
1 c. eggs (this is about 4 large eggs, but I measured exactly) – whisk by hand about 1 minute
2 c. milk (I used whole milk); whisk just until blended
Add, all at once:
2 c. flour, unsifted
1 t salt
Stir with wooden spoon until mixed, but a few small lumps are remaining
Pour into greased/sprayed 12 cup muffin pan (I did use the pretty 12-well popover pan)
Bake at 450 degrees for exactly 30 minutes – DON’T open the oven door
DO watch through the glass of the oven door – it’s fun to watch the popovers pop up
After 30 minutes, remove the popovers from the oven
Pierce each one with a sharp knife to release steam
Remove from pan; serve (perhaps with this jam, or this jam)

blueberry crunch cookies

Really pretty cookies, with a good shape and texture…..but….

…they just didn’t have a blueberry flavor.  When a bite of cookie includes a couple of the dried blueberries, there is a hint of blueberry flavor, but not the intense flavor I had imagined.  How do I achieve great blueberry flavor in a cookie?  Any suggestions?
This is another ‘Cookie Jar’ recipe from Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series.
The pottery is from a regular merchant at the Memphis Farmer’s Market.  I’ll post the link to her website when I return home from v a c a t i o n.

Swedish Oatmeal Cookies

…another cookie from The Cookie Jar, Hannah’s bakery in Minnesota (all via Joanne Fluke’s mystery series)

This cookie recipe can be found in Fluke’s “Key Lime Pie Murder” on page 21.  The oatmeal in the recipe gives the cookies a wonderful texture; they are soft and chewy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside.  The flavor is that of a good, basic cookie.  Cinnamon or Chinese five spice would be a flavorful addition to these cookies.

spots of black and white cookies

…from The Cookie Jar bakery via Hannah via Joanne Fluke’s murder mystery.  These cookies are brownie-like in the center and dotted with powdered sugar on the outside.  In the book, these cookies were baked to honor the local sheriff’s department ‘black and white’ cruisers.

In a taste test, these won two thumbs up from Niece A (and me too!).


in the beginning:

"The Cookie Jar" – a series

I’m reading Joanne Fluke‘s – Hannah Swensen Mystery series.  Hannah owns/operates The Cookie Jar, a local bakery in small town Minnesota, where she melts pounds and pounds of butter and occasionally finds ‘bodies.’  On occasion, there are parallels to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum; however, both female sleuths are ‘ladies on the pages’ you should meet.  Oh yes, and the guys – there are always two guys to complicate matters…
Throughout the pages of each novel Hannah shares her bakery recipes.  I’ve been testing a sampling.  Delicious, absolutely delicious!
The books are a fun read – the cookies are simple and quite tasty.  I encourage you to undertake the adventure…
**pictured above, left to right**

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder page 226
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder page 91

Regency Ginger Crisps

Strawberry Shortcake Murder  page 134

Oatmeal Raisin Crisps

Watch for future posts as I continue to read and bake.
     Here’s the link to ‘black and white’ cookies.
       Here’s the link to ‘Swedish Oatmeal Cookies.’