You always hear that the alcohol burns off when baking. That may be true, but these cookies still have the flavor of Kahlua. Call it the leftover "essence" if you want to. I just baked them so I still have to see if time makes them stronger. After all, us adults need some treats once in a while! Also, since they have alcohol-it wards off the kids (little crumb snatchers).
So take some time for yourself and make these cookies. One taste will make you realize that being an adult really does have its perks!
Aztec Treasure Cookies
1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate covered pecans
1/4 cup of Kahlua or coffee liqueur
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 cup of shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Take out a medium size bowl and sift together flour, soda, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
Then in a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together shortening, eggs and brown sugar until smooth. This should take about 30-45 seconds on medium speed. Put mixer away.
Add the coffee liqueur and mix with a wooden spoon. Once blended, pour in the sifted ingredients and stir with the spoon until no flour streaks remain. Lastly, put the chocolate pecan pieces into the cookie dough and distribute evenly by using the spoon.
Drop rounded teaspoons of cookie dough onto baking sheet, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched and edges have browned. Remove cookies and let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen. Enjoy!