Updated: This morning I was visiting blogs and the fabulous Mary of The Food Librarian showed me how I could jazz up my holiday photos with Flickr (click Edit Photo and then the Create tab at the top). I am feeling much better about my sad little volcano cookie now that it’s festively adorned. Thanks Mary :)

TWD Volcano Cookies

Just in the nick of time….I’ve got an hour until the clock strikes midnight and I miss my TWD deadline!! This week’s TWD was chosen by Macduff of The Lonely Sidecar: cafe volcano cookies. I debated about posting my cookies this week because, as you can see, they’re not much to look at. In fact, some might say they’re a bit of an eyesore. In the end, I figured since I gave the recipe a shot I might as well post about my results.

TWD Volcano Cookies

These cookies are composed entirely of just 5 ingredients: almonds, walnuts, egg whites, sugar, and espresso powder. You simply toast the nuts, pop then in a saucepan with the egg whites, sugar and espresso powder to warm everything through and then bake them. Simple, right? Well, not so much for me. Somehow I managed to screw them up. Dorie says they’re supposed to be puffed, cratered, shiny and dry after baking, but mine just looked like the same little pile of nuts I put in the oven before baking. Oh well, you win some and you lose some….

I don’t really like nuts so I didn’t try these, but I asked my mom to sample one when she stopped by this week. She said they’re weren’t bad and that they reminded her of crispy chicken skin, which made me think I might have gone more wrong with these than I thought :) Many thanks to MacDuff for hosting this week’s very interesting recipe! You can find the recipe on her site or in the book. If you’d like to see what the cafe volcano cookies should have looked like, you can visit the other bakers’ sites!