For me, Christmas always includes hot, steaming cups of coffee – lots of them – especially when there is snow coming down outside and hardly any daylight during Alaska’s long winter. Coffee is best shared, a gift I like to give to friends near and family-members far.
The warmth, the comfort, the dark, fragrant, caffeinated bliss.
Christmas came a little early for me this year when Lavazza sent me a sample pack of their new line of Italian-made premium drip coffees to review. I was over the moon excited. Then, to add to the fun, they asked me to develop a recipe to pair with their new coffee. Yes!
I made buttery, crisp Almond & Orange Shortbread, then dipped each cookie into semisweet chocolate. Once set, they are the most perfect little morsels for dipping straight into your coffee, reminiscent of the flavors of biscotti, but smaller and more delicate.
These cookies are delicious with any of Lavazza’s new premium drip coffees, but my favorite pairing is Gran Selezione Dark Roast, with its intensity and chocolate notes. Another fantastic choice would be the dark and velvety Perfetto Espresso Roast. But honestly, you can’t go wrong. I can fully understand why Lavazza is known as Italy’s favorite coffee. It’s quite superb and will be the coffee we’re drinking and enjoying on Christmas morning this year. Thanks Lavazza!
Disclaimer: Lavazza sent me a sample pack of their new line of drip coffee to review and to create a recipe pairing at no cost to me. All opinions expressed are my own.