My brain is always processing something. You know what I mean? Even when I am asleep I know it is constantly working, planning, it is always up to something, she is sneaky that way. Yes, it’s a she. To make matters worse, my heart is not different at all. It is full of dreams and desires, and that has been an issue lately, because I have been questioning myself: How do I respond to all of my desires? Why have they been laid in my heart? Do I really need to follow all the desires of my heart? And what if I don’t?, Would I then wonder what if? Does this happen to you too?
Here is what I am talking about: Last week I did something BIG, I am talking major, muy grande! – can’t wait till I can tell you all about it – I took a leap of faith and went all in for something my heart had been longing for a long, long time. It is the kind of thing that is tied to my long term dreams, that will require a lot of work and that for ever had been terrorizing my heart not allowing me to even start and take the first step. When we think of the big picture, our minds tend to shut, questioning the desires of our hearts. This back and forth, juggling my mind and heart, it is really draining. I once heard that we need to focus on the next step and I keep confirming this is sooo true. The fact that I see my dreams as big and sometimes daunting, instead of taking an approach that focuses on short-term baby steps, is causing all this energy to be wasted in doubts. My advice: focus on the things you can change now and that can little by little take you further. I am also realizing that I am more aware than some of what I want, and not having the means, resources and freedom to pursue my calling also takes a toll on me. Actually that last thought has to do more with being afraid of the risk of failure than anything else but we can discuss that another day. All this vulnerability talk is too much already, I better munch on some of these cookies instead, this will definitely keep me up. That’s the power of coffee! Enjoy!
To make these coffee shortbread cookies, mix all ingredients together and the result will be a very fragrant dough that is easy to handle and not that sticky.
- 3½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons very finely ground coffee beans
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- With an electric mixer, mix together butter, sugar and coffee until well combined.
- Add flour and salt, sifted together.
- Mix everything on low speed until it forms a dough.
- Dump onto a surface covered by plastic wrap and roll it out to form a log.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- After dough gets chilled, cut ½-inch thick medallions and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or on a clean, ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.
*basic shortbread cookie recipe, adapted from Ina Garten.