These sweets made with Kona coffee beans are standouts for two reasons. They’re extremely easy to make and they taste like coffee butter. While the texture is like that of a coffee butter cookie, the controlling flavor here is the the chocolate hints of kona coffee beans.
Tasters use words like creamy, smooth, clean and sweet to describe it. Professional tasters go a bit further and say it’s bright and has a lingering taste that hints of chocolate. The recipe originally came from the Kona coffee Cultural Festival. I’ve change it slightly to incorporate the use of fresh peanut butter and a bit of vanilla. I’ve also been known to add Macadamia nuts to the batter. This recipe will work with any coffee, but use Kona if you can. That chocolate-like undertone of Kona coffee beans work well in many sweets. They can be made by young bakers so their assembly can be a family affair that’s blessed with an easy cleanup. Here’s the recipe for these slightly crumbly treats.
100% Kona Coffee Beans Special Festival
100% Kona Coffee beans are a rare commodity exclusively grown in north and south Kona create an ideal environment for harvesting this unique 100% Kona coffee. There are hundreds of 100% Kona coffee farms in Kona and many offer tours to the public. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival held during November in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a must-see event for coffee lovers. Coffee once grown in every district on Hawaii Island, boutique, award-winning farms can be found in Kau, Puna and Hilo. Try a fresh brewed mug and experience the rich aroma that makes pure Kona coffee beans so highly valued.
Kona Coffee Sweet Treats
from the kitchen of Kona
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
3 tablespoons Kona coffee exstract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped (optional) Substitute: kona coffee k cups
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) Cream butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Gradually add brown and white sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg, salt, baking soda, peanut butter, Kona coffee and vanilla. Blend until creamy. Sift flour and gradually add to batter. Batter will be stiff. Fold in nuts if using.
3) Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto ungreased sheets. Press flat and make a criss-cross design with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Yield: 32.
Cook’s Note: If you prefer yours softer, remove from baking sheet soon after removing from oven. If your preference is for a crisper, let them cool in baking pan.
Cook’s Note: Brew Kona coffee beans to taste. I make a paste, very strong.
Cook’s Note: Substitute Three Kona coffee k cups pods.