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Delicious coffee biscuits, sandwiched together with coffee buttercream – coffee kisses are a real treat for any coffee lover.
Do you know what makes me feel like I’m failing as a mother more than any other thing…? My dislike for coffee. There, I said it. I’m not a coffee fan. So the process of making these Coffee Kisses was an interesting one!
I have tried to like coffee, I really have. There’s one thing I love about coffee and that is the smell. I have fond memories of being a teenager at my first “real” job working in a florist-come-coffee-shop. Making cappuccinos, lattes, americanos…and often being told they were the delicious, yet never being able to stand the bitter taste that coffee has always had to me.
I much prefer a cup of tea or my go-to drink, a Diet Coke! But in my recipe searches, one little biscuit kept grabbing my attention; Coffee Kisses. I think it’s perhaps the cute name that sold me on them, despite knowing I probably wouldn’t be all too keen on the flavour.
However when you bake and recipe test for a living, it’s unsurprising just how many willing volunteers you be-friend along the way! A plea on our Mums group chat resulted in a number of keen taste-testers who assure me that these Coffee Kisses are quite amazing.
I baked an entire batch, took them to soft play and came home empty handed. Something that came at the hilarity of friends literally taking home extras for their evening cuppa, wrapped in napkins and tied in nappy bags – unused I should add!!
If that’s not a sign of a good biscuit, I’m not sure what is.
Instant CoffeeYou can use coffee extract should you have some but otherwise a spoonful of instant coffee and a little bit of boiling water will give you the same effect.
Self-raising FlourBiscuits will often use plain flour for a crumbly texture but these little biscuits need a little rise in them which self-raising flour provides.
Caster SugarAny biscuit needs a bit of sweetness and Coffee Kisses are no exception.
Butter or MargarineEither will do and it’s personal preference to which you choose. I opt for margarine as a way to omit the dairy but whatever you choose, just be sure it’s at room temperature before baking.
Free-range EggEgg works as the binder in this recipe. I don’t tend to stress too much about the size of eggs, as long as they’re free-range.
This sounds gorgeous.I’m actually considering making this. Thank you for sharing.
My teen son made these this week … they taste exactly as I remember them from when my mum (from Edinburgh) made them when we were wee! Thank you so much for the memory :) The coffee flavour is subtle and we are coffee lovers so next time we will try a slightly stronger brew, and we clearly should have left them in the oven slightly longer because they were slightly cakey BUT yummy all the same :)
Coffe kisses are the first thing I remember baking with my mother. My grandchildren loved making an eating them and today I have made them for my grandson Max to eat while having a break on his tractor , he is doing an apprenticeship Farming. My other four grandchildren in their thirties still love them when visiting or I take a batch when ever we visit them. Happy days!!!
Turned out just like the picture, tastes like coffee cake! Thanks again for a great recipe
This was one of the first recipes from my Granny’s Bero baking book that I made with her. I think her book cost 6d (pre-decimalisation). In my Granny’s day we used Camp coffee, not instant coffee – she didn’t drink coffee Takes me right back when my daughter and I make them. In the original recipe you made 80 each the size of a marble, however the latest Bero book recipe is bigger and less, same as above. Happy days indeed!!
How can I show you the photo of my biscuits
These coffee kisses are in the bero baking book from about 25 years ago , have made them loads of times,,delish!,,,
First try and they’re delicious!! Will definitely be making again. Thank you!
Used to make these all the time from my bero cook book. Now my granddaughters are making cinnamon rolls from the cookbook. I’m just lending them the cookbook but happy they are using it.
I grew up with the hero book being the only recipe book my mum, or anyone else we knew owned. You can still buy it. I bought one each for my 2 daughters, my sister and my niece.
Can these be stored? Will the icing not make the cookies go soft? Thanks for the recipe, want to make them but before hand and then store.
Hello, may I ask how to make the biscuits more flat? And in the icing showed me little crumbles. It is not that soft and smooth as the one on the picture. Thank you very much! :)))
My granny and I used to make “chocolate kisses” which are virtually the same as your recipe but with cocoa powder replacing the coffee. Everyone loves them. I used to sometimes make the buttercream plain vanilla but I will now experiment with coffee kisses and coffee & chocolate kisses. Thank you, I love all of your granny’s recipes!
Can I use camp coffee essence instead of instant coffee. Thank you Deirdre
Yes, it says above you can.
“You can use coffee extract should you have some but otherwise a spoonful of instant coffee and a little bit of boiling water will give you the same effect.You can use coffee extract should you have some but otherwise a spoonful of instant coffee and a little bit of boiling water will give you the same effect.”
Haven’t made these since my grandma passed away in 2008. Just made some now and they bring me right back to my childhood. So delicious and amazing
I love your recipes but am in America and can’t figure out the grams system.
Hi Joan, I’d really recommend you get yourself a digital food scale which can measure in grams (most of them can switch between grams and ounces which is handy). There are so many gorgeous recipes on this website and many others based in Europe but as we don’t use the cup measurements over here you will hardly ever see them mentioned. On Amazon they have quite a few options from about $10-$20 (you don’t need anything too fancy). If it’s any consolation, I often see US recipes which I’d love to try but can’t figure out how much a cup of something should weigh – I’ll have to get myself a set of those! :)
Hi Joan. A kitchen scale is available at most Big Box stores and I really recommend you get one. Measuring by weight is vastly more accurate than using cups/spoons. And once you get the hang of it, way faster. I’m here in Michigan and after years of working as a Baker for a living, I don’t ever want to be without my scale!
In reply to Joan regarding gram vrs cups I google all inquiries. You cam find charts for the most common measurements.
Love this recipe
My name is Methuselah and I have just baked for the first time, and my first attempt was these. Slight issue with the quantity. I got 5 massive coffee kisses instead of 15 wee ones. Tasted decent though. :)
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