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Fudge Espresso Crinkles – Kellers in Africa

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Fudge Espresso Crinkles

People always ask me if we can make stuff like cookies in Africa. The answer is: Praise God, YES. But… I do have to make a few adjustments, and the ingredients are about 30% more expensive… so we don’t have them often. I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite recipes with you. I wrote it out first the way I make it with African ingredients, then the way YOU can make it at home! Yummy with coffee. : )

By popular demand:

Fudge Espresso Crinkles
1/3 cup salted butter (the unsalted goes bad here)
1 cup raw sugar (it’s all we can get)
3/4 Tbsp molasses or dark syrup (creates “brown sugar”)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (imported- thanks, Mom!)
3/4 Tbsp instant coffee powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon (we can buy the real Indian stuff here for about $2 a cup)
2 egg whites
1/3 cup plain yogurt (what we buy is fake, but it does the job)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups flour (sifted to take out the worms, please)
powdered sugar (ours is made from beets)

Ok, here’s your list:
1/3 cup butter (if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp salt)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 Tbsp instant espresso or coffee powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cups flour
powdered sugar

Beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar, cocoa, coffee powder, badking soda, and cinnamon. Beat until well combined. Add egg whites and yogurt. Beat until combined. Slowly add flour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 360 and grease a cookie sheet. Roll dough into balls, flatten just a little, roll in sugar, place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Warning: keep out of reach of children… that is if you want any yourself. ; )

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  1. Megan Lindsay

    July 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Ash, you’re awesome! Seriously, I wish I could make your African ones! But I guess I’ll settle for boring old brown sugar and lame cinnamon instead :-).

  2. Yum! Thanks for the recipe! Will have to try that with Starbucks VIA!

  3. You are amazingly funny, as usual! Miss you girlie! Thanks for the recipe. Now I have an excuse to make cookies. (“ASHLEY said to…”)

    Hey, I’ll probably come to CT to visit in Oct/Nov – any chance of you guys coming back for Thanksgiving?

  4. Yes, feel free to blame all cookie baking on me. I can take it. ; )
    We will actually be in the US from October 24 – December 30th, so we’ll pass in the skies!! : P I’m REALLY hoping to get to CT in early- mid 2011, finances permitting. Any special plans there? I’m bummed that I’ll miss you!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Beet powdered sugar? Don’t laugh, but I’m actually really intrigued by that. It’s looking like I’ll have to go back on the “no sugar and no fun stuff” diet soon, but beets are permitted.

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