Sweet Tidings 5th Day of Christmas: Espresso Shortbread Cookies

By Christy - November 27, 2010

This is one of my favorite recipes from The Best of Martha Stewart Living Holidays . So crisp, buttery and with tantalizing coffee flavor. Great with hot cocoa and of course- espresso!

Espresso Shortbread

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp powdered instant coffee
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and coffee. Sift together flour and salt; add to butter mixture and beat well.

2. Chill dough until firm.

3. Heat oven to 350 F.

4. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into 2-inch by 5-inch bars. prick with a fork. Score middle of bars with a knife.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown. Remove and cool on wire rack.

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