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Chewy Coffee-Toffee Shortbread

Yield 16 cookies
Toffee bits give this golden shortbread its slightly chewy texture. This cookie is particularly nice dipped in a cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (we tested with Café Bustelo)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup almond toffee bits (we tested with Hershey's)

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir together espresso powder and water. Add to butter mixture, stirring well.

  2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in toffee bits. Cover and chill dough 30 minutes.

  3. Roll dough to 1/2" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/2" round cutter or Christmas cookie cutter. Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Bake at 275° for 50 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool.

  5. Note: If you can't find almond toffee bits in the supermarket, substitute 1/2 cup finely crushed Skor candy bars or crushed Werther's Original candies.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002