It’s nearly the weekend again ALREADY, happy days made even happier with these scrummy chocolate coffee kisses. Bite-sized melt-in-your-mouth chocolate biscuits kissed together with a really simple espresso icing.
Of course there are child-friendly variations, but once in a while it’s good to treat ourselves with a grownup flavour combination. Aars loves his chocolate biscuits kissed together with a vanilla icing (just in case you want to share these yummy treats with your kids!)
The biscuits are a variation on a lovely Scandinavian Christmas biscuit I learnt how to bake in Norway many years ago. They were simple vanilla balls of yum called “Melting Moments” – perfect title as they do just melt in your mouth. My friends brother made a huge batch of them at the start of the Christmas holidays, and then froze the lot. Every day when other families called round these delightful treats would magically appear, and tasted as if they’d just been baked. Wonderful!
Me being me had to play with the recipe when I had Aars so that he could enjoy them too. So I got rid of the dairy, egg and gluten, and once I had worked out how to retain their lovely melt-in-your-mouth quality with our alternative ingredients it was time to play with the flavours. YAY! We make cinnamon, vanilla, orange and chocolate biscuits and then create an icing with a contrasting flavour to kiss them together. I have a year-round fave and it’s these chocolate coffee kisses! At Christmas I love chocolate peppermint kisses.
These chocolate coffee kisses are really easy and fast to make. The biscuits are a really simple recipe, and the icing is too. They are a great little accompaniment to coffee when your friends pop by.
The biscuits freeze really well in zip-lock bags and don’t take long to defrost. We keep a batch of icing in an airtight jar in the fridge – it’s great because you can ration yourself! I find these delightful little chocolate coffee kisses very more-ish, so the restriction of having to defrost them works well for my waistline ;P. I freeze the lot, and when I fancy some take out 6-10 biscuits to defrost for about 30 minutes, then use a knife to splodge on a dollop of coffee icing from the jar in the fridge and voila I have 3-5 chocolate coffee kisses. And no temptation of eating more as the rest are safely frozen!
They are also great to whip out when you have surprise visitors, everyone loves a home-made chocolate coffee kiss! I hope you and your family give them a go and play with your favourite flavours too. Writing this has made me think of a flavour combo that has got to be a winner, which thus far we have not thought of or tried – chocolate and ginger kisses! Watch this space – I think that chocolate ginger kisses will soon be tried and tested in our home :).