If you are a true coffee devote or enjoy the savory taste of coffee with chocolate, you will enjoy these delicious specialty cookies. I prepared the dough for Christmas but never got around to making cookies so I put the prepared dough rolls in the freezer. I let the dough defrost before slicing and baking. What a treat with my morning coffee!
Espresso Shortbread Cookies
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
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Total: 3 Hours, 15 Minutes
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate-covered espresso beans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely ground espresso beans
- Wax paper
- 1/2 cup Demerara or turbinado sugar, divided
- 1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
- 2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients in a medium bowl. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended; stop to scrape bowl as needed. (Do not overmix.)
- 3. Divide dough in half. Turn 1 dough portion out onto wax paper, and shape into a 10- x 2-inch log. Sprinkle log with 3 Tbsp. Demerara sugar, and roll log back and forth to adhere. Repeat with remaining dough portion and 3 Tbsp. Demerara sugar. Wrap logs in plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 3 hours.
- 4. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut chilled dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place 1 inch apart on 2 lightly greased baking sheets. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp. Demerara sugar over cookies on each sheet.
- 5. Bake, in batches, at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden around edges, switching baking sheets halfway through.
- 6. Transfer to wire racks; cool 5 minutes. Serve immediately, or cool completely. Store up to 4 days.
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