Mocha Caramel Pecan Cookies

Mocha Caramel Pecan Cookies

Cookies Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped--finely toasted pecans

1 large egg beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup half and half

1/3 cup cold Earth Balance cut into pieces (or butter/margarine)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup double strength Godiva caramel pecan coffee--brewed and cooled completely

Topping (optional):

1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of half and half

sugar

Glaze and Garnish Ingredients:

2/3 cup double strength Godiva caramel pecan coffee--brewed

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon Earth Balance

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons half and half

pinch salt

finely chopped pecans--lightly toasted

Method:

*Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk half and half, egg, vanilla, and coffee. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in cold Earth Balance using pastry cutter or fork/two knives. Add the pecans and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients-Earth Balance meal. Add the half and half mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix just until the dough comes together.

*Lightly flour counter or other work surface. Add the dough to the floured surface. Add flour to the dough if it is too wet to knead. Knead the dough 2 - 3 times. Shape the dough into a circle about 1/2 inch in thickness. Cut into triangles (I used a round cookie cutter instead). Remove excess flour and add cookies to cookie sheet. Reshape and cut out dough until all dough is used up.

*Lightly beat second egg with half and half. Brush the egg wash on each cookie and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake cookies for 11-14 minutes. In the meantime, make the glaze and chop pecan garnish.

*Chop pecans for garnish; set aside. Add coffee and sugar to medium, heavy bottom saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce glaze until it's thick and syrupy. Remove from heat. Whisk in Earth Balance, half and half, vanilla extract and salt.

*Once cookies are baked and cooled, dip each cookie in the coffee glaze and top with finely chopped pecans. Enjoy!

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