Last week, my mom dropped off one of my childhood photo albums, and my wife and I have had a ton of fun looking through it. As you can see, I’ve always loved cake and I’ve always looked good with my shirt off!
It’s funny how a single picture can bring to life so many memories, feelings, and emotions, not to mention the nostalgia that comes from holding a physical photograph in your hand. My wife and I spent hours flipping through old photos and reminiscing of a time long before Instagram, when a Polaroid was considered cutting-edge technology.
When Nestlé Coffee-mate reached out to me with the idea of a collaboration on their nostalgia-inducing flavored creamers (Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Macchiato and Classic Vanilla), it instantly brought back memories of my childhood. The brand itself is nostalgic to me. Whether it was in a diner on a Saturday morning or at a gas station pit stop on our way to a swim meet, I’ve been seeing the Coffee-mate brand since I was a little kid!
Today, I’ll be highlighting a couple of ways to use Nestlé Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer. When I started to kick around ideas for this collaboration, I knew that I had to incorporate this classic caramel flavor into a cookie! Here, I used a basic Royal Icing recipe and substituted a portion of the water for creamer, giving the icing a delicious caramel flavor.
1 pound (about 4 cups) powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons meringue powder
½ cup water
¼ cup Nestlé Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Measure the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and salt in mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until combined. Add the water, Coffee-Mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium-low speed until the ingredients are combined. Scrape the bowl and mix on low until all of the dry ingredients have been completely absorbed. Scrape the bowl again and then mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Towards the end of the 5 minutes, the icing will lighten in color and thicken in texture. Add more water as needed.
Immediately transfer the icing to an airtight container and cover until you’re ready to use it. Decorates about 2 dozen 3” cookies.
I kept these cookies simple by using a classic sugar cookie recipe and a basic Royal Icing flooding technique.
I LOVE iced coffee. In fact, I drink a glass or two (or three) almost everyday. Here’s a super simple idea to sweeten up any summer afternoon!
SUPER SIMPLE CARAMEL ICED COFFEE
STEP 1: Fill a glass full of ice
STEP 2: Pour chilled coffee or cold brew over the ice, nearly to the top
STEP 3: Add desired amount of Nestlé Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato liquid flavored creamer
You could stop here, and I normally do. But summer is for celebrating, so…
STEP 4: Top generously with whipped cream
STEP 5: Drizzle with caramel sauce
STEP 6: Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite Coffee-mate flavor? Let me know in the comments below!
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