Tuesdays with Dorie: Café Volcano Cookies

December 15, 2009 at 1:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 26 Comments

café volcano cookies

Would you like to come over for coffee?  We can chat…we can gossip…I’d really love to meet you.  And, yes, of course there will be cookies.  It’s no problem at all…these little Café Volcano Cookies that MacDuff of the always entertaining The Lonely Sidecar picked for TWD are ridiculously easy to whip up.

Just a few ingredients (egg whites, sugar, espresso powder, walnuts and almonds) stirred together by hand produce these sweet and crispy little treats.  Not quite the same as a traditional meringue, they’re like coffee air held together by nuts.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here on The Splendid Table), or read The Lonely Sidecar.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. “…like coffee air held together by nuts.” I LOVE your description…it’s just perfect!

  2. For simplicity, these cookies win hands down – perfect for making when someone drops by unexpectedly.

  3. Oh, so that’s what they are supposed to look like… Very nice!

  4. “Coffee air held together by nuts?” Very good description. As always, I like the titles on your pics.

  5. Yours look puffy, mine were flat like spreading lava…not my fav.

  6. Yes coffee and cookies are my fav… I can be there in a jiffy.

  7. The next time I’m in NYC, you better plan on an extended coffee and dessert break!

  8. Coffee air – I like that description. Too bad mine didn’t turn out!

  9. Your cookies look just right with a nice cup of hot coffee.

  10. Those look delicious!

    I’ve given you an award on my blog!

  11. your cookies look lovely and uniform. not sure whether I loved these or not

  12. I think they look really good-nice and crispy!

  13. These were really good and I loved the low-effort factor. Your cookies look great! And I would love to come over for coffee.

  14. Great description, very fitting. I didn’t love these, but they were so easy to make, and fun!

  15. When I come to NYC next year I would love to have coffee and these cookies with you. I made them with espresso powder and again with cocoa powder and loved them both ways! Yours look great!

  16. Hummm…? Have you invited those office people across the street yet? Perhaps for some of those volcano cookies? Nahhhh… you shouldn’t, just leave some crumbs by the window ledge… and stick your tong out! They are so perfect… should drive them crazy! LOL LOL Beautifully done Steph!

  17. Your cookies look great, definitely airy, and I love the pot of coffee looming in the background.

  18. I’ve never been bowled over by the cookie recipes in that book, but this one really appeals to me.

  19. We must be on the same wavelength because I just baked her banana cake and its in the oven! 🙂

  20. If you are serving these, I will be right over, my they look delightfully good. We loved these…and I loved how easy they were…guys inhaled them. Your photos are always so great.

  21. Oh yes, if you were to offer these I would totally come. They look just perfect to have with a cup of tea!

  22. Yours are pretty. How did that happen.

    I’ll bring the tea to go with these cookies.

  23. Yum! I love meeting friends for coffee, especially when they serve adorable little cookies, too :).

  24. They look great! I love how different everyone’s turned out. a pretty amazing little cookie.

  25. They look great! I always have same unnecessary egg whites to use. I’ll try the recipe next time 🙂

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