Gourmet's Irish Coffee Crunchies

Sweeten Up Your St. Patrick's Day With These Treats

Photo: Gourmets favorite cookies: 1941-2008
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Boost up your holiday with one of the best sweet treats — cookies. "GMA" food editor Sara Moulton dropped by the Times Square Studio to demonstrate how to bake gourmet cookies. Whiskey, coffee and heavy cream lend these oatmeal sandwich cookies an Irish pedigree—and a definite sense of mischief. We found that adding an extra half-cup of confectioner's sugar to the icing made it easier to spread.

This is just one of Gourmet's Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008. Although we've retested the recipes, in the interest of authenticity we've left them unchanged: The instructions below are still exactly as they were originally printed.


  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Irish whiskey, divided
  • 4 teaspoons strong coffee, divided
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream, divided
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons water, boiling
  • Cooking Directions

    In a bowl beat 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened, with 1/4 cup sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Beat in 2 teaspoons each of Irish whiskey and strong coffee and 1 teaspoon heavy cream. Add 2 cups quick-cooking oats and 1 cup flour sifted with 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder and combine the mixture to form a dough. Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface and with a 2 1/4-inch cutter cut out rounds. Bake the rounds on a buttered baking sheet in a preheated moderate oven (350° F) for 15 minutes, or until they are lightly colored. Transfer the rounds to a rack and let them cool.

    In a small bowl combine 2 teaspoons each of Irish whiskey and strong coffee and 1 teaspoon heavy cream. In a bowl combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted, and the coffee mixture, stir in 3 teaspoons boiling water, a little at a time, and beat the icing, adding a few drops more water if necessary, until it is smooth and of spreading consistency. Spread half the rounds thinly with the icing, top them with the remaining rounds, and coat the cookies with the icing. Transfer the cookies to a rack and let the icing set. Makes about 18 cookies.

    Courtesy Gourmet.com

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: whiskey, coffee, cream, oatmeal

    Course: Cookies, Dessert

    More Info: Vegetarian

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