Introduction: Cookie Spoons

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Coffee and tea are perfect additions to any brunch (alongside Bloody Mary's and Mimosas, of course), but they can be a bit boring. By swapping out your great-aunt's lovely silver teaspoons for delicious little cookie spoons, you can liven up your caffeinated beverages and wow your brunch guests (and cookie spoons don't have to be polished, which is a major bonus).

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" -T.S. Elliott ("The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock") - Personally I think it's better to measure your life with delicious cookie spoons.

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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Software:
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (plus additional for rolling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Flavor Variations:

For Chocolate-Flavored Cookie Spoons, add:
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 2 additional tablespoons sugar
  • If the dough is too dry after adding the flour, etc. (if it crumbles apart) you may want to mix in a teaspoon or two of water
For spoons to be served with tea, you may want to try Lemon and Honey Cookie Spoons. To do so:
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Also add the zest of one lemon and about 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A little extra flour (about 2 tablespoons) may also be needed if the dough is too loose or sticky
Other items can be added (lavender, cinnamon, mint, etc.) if desired or cookie spoons can be dipped in chocolate after baking (yum!).


Hardware:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer (or mixing spoon and strong arms)
  • Cookie sheets
  • Rolling pin
  • Spoon-shaped cookie cutter (this one used here - lots of others are available online) - if you prefer, you can also free-hand cut a spoon shape using a sharp knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Plastic wrap

Step 2: Loads of Dough

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  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well1
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt2
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, and mix until dough comes together (it should be slightly moist, not crumbly, but not horribly sticky or runny)
  5. Shape dough into 2 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days)

1 If making one of the variations noted in the previous step, this is a good time to add your extra ingredients. You can also try other extracts, or things like lavender or herbs
2 Add cocoa powder (if using) to the flour mixture (you can also add it with the egg - doesn't make that big of a difference)

Step 3: Rolling and Cutting

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  1. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll out 1 disk of dough to just less than a half-inch thick on a lightly floured surface
  2. Using your spoon cutter, cut out spoon shapes from your dough (scraps of dough can be gathered and re-rolled once - more re-rolls not suggested)
  3. Transfer the spoons to baking sheets (I use a Silpat, but if you don't have one, parchment or lightly greasing the baking sheets is probably a good idea)
  4. Place the baking sheets in the freezer for 15 minutes
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 4: Time to Bake!

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  1. Bake about 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden around the edges
  2. Transfer to wire racks to cool
  3. Serve with coffee or tea (or hot cocoa or other yummy hot drinks!) These are also really yummy with ice cream, gelato, sorbet, or yogurt and fresh fruit!

Comments

rajeevcool755 (author)2015-03-09

Hey i like this design .. looks yummy. Let me try.

Biggsy (author)2012-04-01

now thats a good idea!

shesparticular (author)Biggsy2012-04-01

Thanks!

sunshiine (author)2011-05-17

This is right up my alley! I love the idea! Thanks for sharing.

shesparticular (author)sunshiine2011-05-17

Hope you enjoy them!

sunshiine (author)shesparticular2011-05-17

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shesparticular (author)sunshiine2011-05-17

That is so sweet of you to say, thank you! Your stuff is great as well!

sunshiine (author)shesparticular2011-05-17

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kimithy (author)2011-05-16

I'm going to try making these dipped in chocolate (for coffee) and honey (for tea). What a great idea!!

shesparticular (author)kimithy2011-05-16

That sounds great! I've only tried adding honey and lemon into the dough before baking, but dipping after should work as well. They're awesome dipped in chocolate though!

Please let me know how they turn out, and I hope you love them!

SHIFT! (author)2011-05-13

These would go great with some bread bowls! Very nice 'ible!

shesparticular (author)SHIFT!2011-05-13

Thanks! I think a brunch featuring bread bowls, gummi shot glasses, and cookie spoons would be amazing :)

kdave04 (author)shesparticular2011-05-16

I'd like to RSVP to this brunch right now. Also, these look amazingly fantastic!

shesparticular (author)kdave042011-05-16

Thanks!

bruno13069 (author)2011-05-14

They look like a shaped biscotti! Very fun!

Thanks! I think they turned out really well

splazem (author)2011-05-14

Looks delicious!

shesparticular (author)splazem2011-05-14

Thanks!

ChrysN (author)2011-05-13

Those would be great with ice cream, nice.

shesparticular (author)ChrysN2011-05-13

Sounds great to me!

mikeasaurus (author)2011-05-13

Very clever to serve with a hot beverage, and the pairings you show are genius!
Why isn't this on the menu at every coffee shop?

Thank you so much!

In addition to the variations mentioned here, I think cocoa, chocolate extract, and a tiny bit of mint extract would be amazing with hot cocoa (especially if the baked spoon was also dipped in chocolate).

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