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Jamie Lao, The Philippines' Cookie Queen Gives an Original Recipe For Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies

Updated on July 22, 2015
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By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

Jamie Lao is the first Filipina to design a line of high end nougats and cookies that discriminating young professionals, students and others can enjoy. Her process in creating cookies very much resembles that of her famous mother, Ju.D Lao, who loves to play with different ingredients, experiment and get creative, rather than follow what is already popular. Ju.D’s fruitcakes are a thirtysomething family tradition that caters to a high end market of socialites, astute buyers and celebrities.

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Jamie seems to live and breathe baking 24/7. She says, “I like seeing ingredients churning in a bowl and finally turning into batter. You instantly see results and enjoy them, too.”

Even things she smells while walking outdoors ring a bell for her. She notes, “Sometimes I smell something when I’m outside and the whiff of it sticks with me for days until I remember – it’s molasses. Then I try to invent a cookie or nougat using molasses or dark muscovado to capture the depth of its flavor.”

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Jamie says that in the future, “My mom and I are trying to focus on new ways to help people to find our products and to bring a new experience to the public.” Meanwhile, to aspiring chefs she advises, “Keep learning. Your mind should always be reaching out. Ask questions. There are no stupid questions.”

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Jamie’s market includes a younger generation of Ju.D’s buyers, young professionals, students and many others. Her top seller is her New York Peppermint Cookies. Other products are Ichigo San (Mr. Strawberry), Almond Chocolate Chip, Classic Chocolate Chip, Prune & White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies. Her nougats include The Hawaiian, Cookies and Cream Nougat, Almond Cranberry Nougat and Coffee Nougat.

Below is a new cookie recipe by Jamie Lao, the Philippines’ Cookie Queen.

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Triple Chocolate Espresso on Bean Cookies

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 Tbsp freshly ground coffee beans

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp fine salt

1/2 c cocoa powder

1 c butter

1 c muscovado sugar

1 c brown cane sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 c chocolate covered coffee beans (I know these are not always available, you can replace them with macadamia nuts, or simple espresso beans)

Instructions:

1. Cream the butter with the sugars. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and salt.

2. In another bowl, sift together the pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Add these to your creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add the freshly ground coffee beans.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips and chocolate covered beans or nuts.

4. Drop cookies onto a greased baking sheet and pop into the pre-heated oven.

5. Bake at 375 degrees F, for about 10 minutes. Take them out and let cool. Enjoy!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Au Fait, you must be very good in the kitchen. I admire the fact that you do more than just follow a recipe, and instead make something even better, using the recipe as a base. You know, I do restaurant reviews, but I can't cook. That's the truth. However, I can eat. I'd be delighted to eat something of yours if you can send me a virtual cooking bar. Some day that may be possible. Can you imagine, when that happens, all the food people will be sending virtually to everyone else on Hub Pages? Yum.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This recipe makes me think of the mocha shake I make for myself every now and then. Chocolate syrup stirred into coffee ice cream and milk.

      Looks like a great recipe for chocolate/coffee lovers. I'm going to have to try it and see if I can turn it into cookie bars. I can never make any recipe even the first time without making some change to it. This one looks yummy!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you Anita Saran, you're right, that way the cookies will be good for diabetics too:). I should follow your example, since my husband is diabetic!

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thanks for this grand old lady. I do like dabbling in baking and these cookies sound easy enough to make. I would substitute the sugar for calorie-free sugar such as Natura that we get in India.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you Suzanne Day, it's very interesting to know that you have a similar process in producing graphic designs that Jamie has in creating a recipe. Hope you enjoy the movie that you are watching, and thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging comment:)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Mmmm can I just tell you that I have a weak spot when it comes to yummy cookies dipped in hot drinks? Thanks for your information about Jamie Lao - I enjoyed reading about how she goes for walks and finds a scent to replicate in cooking - sometimes I do graphic design the same way as well, by walking around trying to see something which evokes visuals for my work. I am very partial to a snack at the moment as I'm about to sit down to a movie, but will have to content myself with the thought of the recipe until I get some time to test drive it. Voted awesome!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Writer Fox. Would you believe, Jamie's mom has a coffee fruitcake that she markets? Mother and daughter are known for experimenting with all types of ingredients when they make their recipes.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Using coffee beans in cookies is a surprise! Looks like a very interesting recipe.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Patty Inglish, for that bit of information. Frankly, Coffee also puts me to sleep so maybe you're right, the combination of the two will be a good morning pickup:)

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      This recipe looks a treat for chocolate lovers that are also keen on coffee, so I will pass it on to some friends.

      When I combine choco and coffee, the combo certainly wakes me up, but singly, neither has that effect. Together, it's a kind of magic.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Ms. Dora. Jamie's cookies are really very different from your usual fare, which is why they tend to cost a bit more. But they are very much worth it for cookie lovers who want something different, unique and tasty.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks to you and Jamie Lao for the recipe. Bean cookies is a new idea for me, but triple chocolate makes everything good, so I bet I'd like this too.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you too, Eric. I don't know of anyone who appreciates passion better than you do:)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Article. I sometimes just do not care what it is when people get into the "art" and essence of what they do. Here it is about someone passionate and it is written by someone equally passionate. Just plain good stuff here. Thank you

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