If I am home during the afternoon, it's hard to resist a little pick-me-up of a cup of coffee. If we happen to have some form of dessert in the house (a rare treat), even better! I think this need for a mid-afternoon treat is perhaps a genetic thing, or at least a custom learned from my Guatemalan relatives, with whom we always pause for a little refacción between lunch and dinner when visiting.
James and I were browsing the baking section at World Market a couple months ago and ran across these curious looking cookie cutters. I couldn't figure them out until I read the description: "side-of-the-cup cookie cutters." This is such a genius idea that I can't believe I haven't run across these before!
The little slot allows the cookie to rest on the side of a mug, getting warm and soft before you eat it. I used this favorite sugar cookie recipe (also seen here). You do have to be gentle with removing the cookies from the baking sheet since the slot makes them a bit fragile.
Such a simple idea! I think a group of these would look great resting around the edge of a straight-edged bowl for a party.