Coffee and Donuts Valentine Cookies

Coffee and Donuts Valentine Cookies
You may be thinking to yourself...I don't see any coffee cookies. Well, yes and no.

  1. I did make some cookies decorated like lattes, and they just were not cute. (Can I direct you to these cute latte ones instead?)
  2. These ARE coffee and donut cookies because the cookies are cappuccino flavored
Heart-Shaped Donuts Valentine Cookies
The cut-out cookie recipe is this one that I posted yesterday. See, I told you that you'd need it! The cookies are soft, thick, and coffee-flavored - perfect for coffee and donut-themed cookies. 

Cappuccino Cut-Out Cookies

Cappuccino Cut-Out Cookies from
Question: Why in the world did it take me so long to make this flavor cut-out cookie?
Answer: I have no idea.

Here's the deal, though. YOU are going to want to make them ASAP. In fact, I have a cookie design coming up tomorrow that is just perfect to use with this recipe. Get ready.

The key here is instant espresso powder. My grocery store stocks this in two areas: in the imported Italian foods section and on the coffee aisle near the Sanka. You can also find it online and in many bakery supply shops. (You know I love to use a bit of this to boost the chocolate notes in chocolate desserts.)

These cappuccino cut-outs are delicately coffee-flavored. The dough is made using both brown and granulated sugars, so they're extra soft, but still sturdy enough for decorating with royal icing or buttercream.

Valentine Nutella Muddy Buddies

Valentine Nutella Muddy Buddies
Up until 2 months ago, I'd never eaten Muddy Buddies, let alone made them. Then, I saw a post from Ari of The Diva Dish on Instagram before Christmas and heard the siren call. While Ari doesn't have her chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies recipe online, she does have this white chocolate strawberry one that looks incredible.

Not to get off track, but you really should be following The Diva Dish on Instagram. Her Meme Wednesdays are pretty much the highlight of my week.

Valentine Nutella Muddy Buddies
*this recipe was created for and sponsored by my friends at Imperial Sugar

Valentine Nutella Muddy Buddies
If you're like me and are new to Muddy Buddies, they are basically a sweet snack mix made with Chex cereal. (Sometimes you'll see this called "Puppy Chow," but I've gotta be honest, I'm not a fan of eating things name after dog food. This might be trauma after seeing my little sister eat a Gaines Burger when she was a toddler.)

chex cereals
It starts with Chex mix - chocolate and vanilla varieties. If you can't find both, just use one. It's fine. Still delish!

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday: Dark Chocolate Batons

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Batons review
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we're bringing you a review of some Trader Joe's chocolates! Have you seen these dark chocolate batons? They come in three flavors - plain, raspberry, and espresso. They're organic and FAIR TRADE! 

Read all of our reviews of Trader Joe's treats and sweets here!

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Batons review
The batons are a single serving size of 1.25 ounces each. The bars are segmented, so they are easy to break apart if you want to share...or just for easier eating in your car on the way home from the store. *ahem* They cost $0.99. A bargain! 

Way Back Wednesday: February 5, 2020

Taking a peek back at this week in the archives, we're treated to two (yes, TWO) varieties of lava cakes (I guess early February is lava cake season), and two decorated cookie designs I definitely need to revisit.

As always, click the post titles to go to the recipes/tutorials.

From 2015, Red Velvet Lava Cakes
red velvet lava cakes
I'm going to be honest here...I'm not a huge fan of red velvet, but THESE red velvet cakes are insanely good.

From 2013, Polka Dot Scottie Dogs
polka dot scottie decorated cookies heart collar
These little guys are a great design to make year-round, but oh, that heart collar means they are just perfect for Valentine's Day. ♥

This is really a blast from the past...from way back when I accepted cookie orders. I still love the color palette here. Little blue houses for you and me!

Who's baking this week?