Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Contributed by Alaska from Scratch.


Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via

December has arrived and the holidays are in full swing. We’re wearing our scarves and boots and warm winter coats. We’re making Christmas cards and hanging stockings. We’re taking to the town with our shopping lists in one hand and hot, steaming seasonal coffee shop beverages in the other.

Holiday Dessert Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via

In light of all this holiday cheer, here is one splendid coffee-shop inspired Christmas cookie recipe. These cookies are packed full of Christmas splendor. This simple shortbread is tender and buttery, full of chocolate and coffee flavor, and topped with an easy mocha glaze and crushed peppermint. You’ll absolutely want to add these to your Christmas baking list. They travel and package well for food gifts, too, for all the holiday-coffee-lovers in your life.

Holiday Cookie Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies


    • 18 Tablespoons (2-1/4 sticks) butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 Tablespoon finely ground coffee/espresso
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
For the Glaze/Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup crushed candy canes


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the cocoa, followed by the flour, ground coffee, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. The mixture will be crumbly at first. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and continue beating until it all comes together.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop the dough into equal-sized portions and roll them into a ball. Slightly flatten each ball into a disc-like shape (because they don’t spread out on their own much – I used the back of a spoon for this) and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until set and cracked on top, but still soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Place the cooling racks over parchment paper or newspaper to catch the glaze.
  4. To make the glaze, put a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the cocoa, powdered sugar, hot coffee, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes while the cookies finish cooling.
  5. Using a teaspoon, spoon the glaze onto the center of each cookie, allowing some of it to drizzle over the sides. Immediately follow with the crushed peppermint (don’t wait too long or the glaze will set and the peppermint won’t stick). Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow glaze to set about 30 minutes before serving/storing. Makes 3-4 dozen small cookies.
Recipe and Photography courtesy of Maya from Alaska from Scratch.


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Guest Post – Jen of Tatertots and Jello

You will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Jen from Tatertots and Jello.


Hi, I am Jen from Tatertots & Jello. I have gotten to know Ashley through both of us writing over at Babble’s The New Home Ec. From the very beginning I was so impressed with Ashley — she is amazingly talented, but more importantly I could see her pure spirit and wonderful heart. I am so blessed to know her.


I started my blog about 3.5 years ago as a personal blog and it transformed into a place where I was able to keep track of my creative projects. A couple of years into blogging I found myself getting overwhelmed with all of the blogging aspects. That’s when I started spotlighting other bloggers on Tatertots & Jello. And I found that I love featuring other people and the amazing ideas people have. Daily I am amazed by the creativity and talent that is out there in this blog world.


{picture via my talented sis — Wendy VonSosen Photography}


I also find joy in creating. I love going in my craft room and making things. Half the time they are don’t turn out the way I imagine, but I find such joy in the process. I also love creating with my kids. I hope I am instilling in them the love of creating and exploring their creativity.


I think my favorite projects this year were ones that I made with my children.




My son helped me make this Christmas ladder. My kids love running to the mailbox each day to check for cards and then hang them on our ladder.



I also loved this Thanksgiving Advent Bunting I made this year. We filled it with activities we could do as a family to keep the feeling of Thanksgiving in our hearts this year.



And this PJ and Pancake Party was such a joy to plan with my youngest, Ella.



Thank you to Ashley for being such an inspiration to us all!!


Guest Post – Drew B of Mom*tog


You will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Drew of Mom*tog


Hi Friends! My name is Drew and I blog over at Mom*tog. I’m so incredibly honored to have been asked to guest post on Lil Blue Boo. While I have not had the pleasure of meeting Ashley in real life, I am constantly inspired by her love of life and positive attitude. Even during the year that she has had. She is truly an inspiration. And any girl who loves donuts as much as I do is my kind of girl :) I am not a “crafty” person by any means. I’m terrified of glue guns. But, I do appreciate crafty people so I love all the tutorials on this site. And I bought my brand new baby girl her first Lil Blue Boo dress a few months ago and can’t wait until she is big enough to wear it. It’s the one with the camera on it. Of course :) I started Mom*tog almost three years ago when my son, Brayden, turned one (he’s now almost 4 and we have a new baby girl, Kennedy, who is 4 months).



I wanted a place to post pictures and stories about my adventures in mommyhood without annoying my clients with tales of poop and spit up on my photography blog. It’s now turned into a site where I can share my experiences and my joys of being a mom through my photography and help moms to learn to take better pictures of their own kids. Because being a mom and a photographer are the two things that give me a lot of joy. But, it’s giving joy to others that really gives me the most joy. As Mom*tog grew I came to the realization that I have a voice (albeit a small voice) in this blogging community and I wanted to do something with that rather than just be another mom photography blog. I wanted to inspire others to give and spread joy.

Through Mom*tog and my own photography buisness I’ve been able to hold fundraisers and raise some money. But, I want people to realize that it’s not just money you can give. You can give your time. You can give someone a smile. You can give a sincere compliment. Any random (or deliberate) act of kindness can change someone’s life. Big time. Because you never know the battles that someone else is fighting, right? And when you give joy to someone else, you will receive it tenfold (my friend Oprah taught me that).

I want people to know that a lot of small things can add up to something HUGE. I want people to realize that the little things you do with your kids now to teach them about giving and spreading joy will stay with them their entire life and will hopefully inspire a generation of more caring and compassionate people. As moms, as bloggers, as human beings we CAN make a difference. Dream big, think big and believe the impossible. As Oprah has said, “A giving heart changes the world. Be that change”. Gosh, that Oprah is a smart lady.

Thank you to Ashley for choosing joy and spreading the joy. YOU are an inspiration to me and many others.

Guest Post (and download) – Laura Winslow Photography

Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Laura from Laura Winslow Photography.


Hello sweet Lil Blue Boo readers! I am beyond happy to have been asked to be a guest blogger and to share with you a little about what I love about blogging. I am Laura–a photographer, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, blogger and lover of new experiences. I love to dream up my next vacation and to let my mind wander about what I will do next.

I first met Ashley at a conference that we were both speaking at (though we had “known” each other online for awhile before), and the real-life Ashley exceeds in amazingness the one that you all know and love online. Seriously. She has a mega-watt smile that is absolutely genuine and filled with happiness and speaks with such ease that you feel you have known her forever. She made me giggle every morning when I saw her stride in, McDonald’s breakfast in hand and ready to chow down. There is just something humorous and honest to me about a California blonde that looks like a model yet is a self-professed lover of McDonald’s and eats it like nobody’s business (I imagine Ashley would confirm this and not be embarrassed in the least :)) She is at the same time a serious businesswoman and fun person to be around and when I found out what she has been going through I just sat in sad disbelief. Ashley is a strong and positive soul, though, and has further inspired a great many with her attitude and by choosing joy.


choose joy free printable art by laura winslow for


This phrase resonates with me in that I have long been a lover of poems, quotations and words that in some way move me, motivate me or inspire me. That is what I love about blogging–it is my own little part of this world where I can share images that inspire me, things that I find interesting and lovely, and words that are powerful. I have a weekly feature called “Memorable Words Monday” where I share a new free printable each week. I do this because I want to share with others things that stir my soul. Things that brighten my day. Things that make me happy. I thought it fitting to offer a free printable to the ever-fab Lil Blue Boo lovelies that is a tribute to sweet Ashley–Choose Joy. Download it, print it out, frame it and place is somewhere where you can see it daily. Think good thoughts of Ashley, lift your own spirits or share it with someone you know will love it, too. Live the message and pass it on. We love you, Ashley! You rock our world! :)

8×10 Choose Joy Laura Winslow for Lil Blue Boo

Guest Post – Ashley Ann of Under the Sycamore

Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!


To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore.


It is an honor to be guest posting here today. Lil Blue Boo always shares incredible diy tutorials, but these days I find myself mainly checking in for updates from Ashley. What a picture of grace she has been these last few weeks.

Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I’m another Ashley, but I sure don’t know how to sew the way you see on Lil Boo Blue. I consider myself more of a MacGyver-style crafter. Meaning, I leave perfection behind and do what works. My projects aren’t always perfect, but I do what I can during naptime! My house is pretty loud and full of life. I’m married to one incredible guy, Chris, and we have 4 kids with one on the way. Our little one on the way is coming via the path of adoption. We are ready to be a whole family around the dinner table.


When the girls said the guest post series would be on how we find joy in blogging and crafting, that was an easy topic for me. I started my blog, Under the Sycamore, about 4 years ago. It originally started as a photography blog, but when I stepped away from professional photography – it changed. Now it is a hodge podge mess of the things I love. Though crafting and creating are an integral part of who I am, the joy in blogging has often come in the process and relationships. I could write pages about the relationships I’ve made through my blog and the joy they’ve brought to my life. However, I doubt you want to read that much, so I am going to share something else.

I read a post by Katrina of Pugly Pixel once. She referred to bloggers as tourists of life. A tourist of life. A blogger. That stuck with me. Blogging is just that for me…I am a tourist of life. And on my journeys, like any good tourist, I pull out my camera and capture the trip. Only, my trips and journeys basically all take place on a little patch of land in Oklahoma. So, in a nutshell, being a tourist, with camera in hand for my life, is where I find joy in photography & blogging.

How about a few ‘tourist’ pictures, some from my blog that remind me I am living my greatest adventure….


I’m grateful Ashley has been a tourist, in a sense, of this journey she is on right now. I’m thankful for the courage she has to share her story…booty and belly button shots too…I’m grateful she is sharing her journey.

Thanks for having me Ashley & Lisa. We look forward to your strong return Ashley!

Ashley Ann
Under the Sycamore

WWYM I: Mique from 30 Days

I’m so excited to introduce Mique from 30 Days with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! Mique has so many great ideas over at her blog 30 Days and I love her printables! I love that her projects are so diverse…, decorating, tutorials, parties etc! Make sure to check out all of Mique’s awesomeness today!


I’m Mique from 30days. I was beyond flattered that Ashley asked me to play along for this challenge. I have been a long time fan of Lil Blue Boo and am also in great company! I came up with a few different ideas. And I tried to make them…. they didn’t work!! But I love the end result.

My finished product is an 11×17 canvas with ruffled flower a stitched quote (that I love) framed on a painted embroidery hoop. Say that 3 times fast, dare ya! I put all my loves into this project- the fabric, vintage binding from an antique mall, hand stitching, ruffles, and a quote.
I thought it appropriate for my nine year old to hold the canvas- I am determined to make sure she is her own kind of beautiful! I made this project with my craft room in mind but I think it might hang in her room now instead.

Hop on over to 30days for a “Be your own kind of beautiful” printable.
Thank you Ashley for such a fun creative challenge!

Thank you so much Mique! I love your take on this challenge!
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Katy from No Big Dill!

WWYM I: Adrianna from Crafterhours

I’m so excited to introduce Adrianna from Crafterhours with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! Crafterhours (created by Adrianna and Susan) is full of super cool tutorials and tips…..but I’ll be honest, the reason I stop by the most often is to read their “sidebar” conversations. These gals crack me up! I love that their great ideas are paired with humor… makes their site super unique! So if you don’t already follow Crafterhours…you are missing out!


Hi Lil Blue Boo fans!! I am so excited to be here today. Ashley’s was one of the first blogs I started reading and she is a superstar in my world. Couldn’t you just grab a cup of coffee and hang out in her sewing area all day? I’d love to see the creative process that produces the amazing stuff she’s constantly coming up with.

When I first enthusiastically agreed to participate in Ashley’s fabric challenge, I figured I would probably make something along the lines of a little girls’ dress. And if you’ve been reading Crafterhours for any amount of time, you’re not surprised (because that’s just how I do).

But when the fabric arrived, I saw it’s beautiful navy floral pattern and soft voile drapey-ness and said, “sorry kiddos, this fabric is way too good for you.”

So, I made a simple modified sheath dress from my own pattern. It came together so quickly and easily (or maybe that’s because I was on such a high from being invited to participate in this challenge that it just felt that way). See? Just a fun, simple little floral sundress with a gathered, cinched bust.

But this dress holds a BIG surprise.

It’s a maternity dress too!!! (not for me, Mom.) How much do I love you guys? I went outside in full view of my neighbors and passing cars and stuffed one of my girls’ dolls under my dress. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but I made the front hem dip down a little bit to compensate for that little bundle of stuffed toy joy.

What makes me laugh even more than the utter ridiculousness of these pictures is that I could never achieve this look while actually pregnant. The first thing to get pregnant on me is my love handles, followed directly by my arms and legs. Hopefully my actually pregnant friend will enjoy this dress as much as I enjoyed making it :) Thanks so much for including me, Ashley! I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Thank you so much Adrianna! Fabulous and amazing as always…I just hope the neighbors aren’t gossiping now 😉
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Mique from 30 Handmade Days!

WWYM I: Kelly from Sewing in No Man’s Land

I’m so excited to introduce Kelly from Sewing in No Man’s Land today with her creation for WWYM I (What Would You Make)! She was one of my competitors in the Project Run and Play contest. Kelly would send emails to all the designers competing listing out every detail she loved about each of our outfits…..she’s a good egg :) so thoughtful and so talented too! I looked forward every week to see her gorgeous photos and outfits and I think this new WWYM Challenge was partly created because I didn’t want Project Run and Play to end! Make sure to visit her blog Sewing in No Man’s Land to check out her sewing adventures in Dili East Timor (I had to Google it….I have no idea how the fabric I sent actually got there!)

I am positively giddy about being here at Lil Blue Boo today! I was so excited when Ashley filled me on on her wonderful idea of a fabric challenge. I waited patiently for mine to arrive (ughhhh getting mail here takes so long!) Then when I got it I tossed and turned about how to make an outfit fit for Lil Blue Boo but with a No Mans Land touch. It had to be super comfy, super cute and totally wearable aka not get in the way of playing (so are the things I think describe all of Boo’s super cute clothes). After many nights a tossing I came up with the Button Up Bloomers outfit:

The top is a simple tie tank and rather unoriginal, but the shorts, oh how I LOVE these shorts!! They are totally retro with their four big buttons.

They are made from one single pattern piece and are incredibly comfy


No getting in the way of any playing here!


Because it is made from one pattern piece there are no seams tugging or pulling, even on a chubby bum.

What absolutely AMAZED me was that unlike every single other item I have ever made Evie she did not fight me at all to put it on!

I was absolutely floored! She didn’t cry and try to get it off or anything. She immediately ran off and made a new friend


I absolutely love how they look in the fabulous fabric Ashley sent, flower overlay, such cool fabric. I actually used the wrong side of the fabric just to added some pop to the top.


My husband actually asked if I put the shirt on backwards ha! I am so excited to share the tutorial and pattern with you! Hope on over to Sewing In No Mans Land to see both!


Thank you soooo much Ashley for the fabulous fabric and a much needed visit to the beach….


Even if it did means some sand munching ha!


Thank you so much Kelly! Fabulous and amazing as always!
Stay tuned for another creation using the same fabric tomorrow by Adrianna from Crafterhours!

Meet Shari!

Shari is the only person in the whole world to have her own “subfolder” in my email inbox…….she always has the best advice, is always making something new, and I can’t bear to delete any them. I especially look forward to the photos she sends and how “thrilled” her daughter looks when she has to try Shari’s creations on. Finley, like Sienna, does NOT like trying on clothes that Mommy made…..and her expressions are just priceless. Check on the “mosaic” recycled t-shirt dress Shari made on the right….amazing!
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Since she refuses to start her own “creative” blog (I mean, maybe she IS busy running her business Happy Chickadee, being a fabulous mother and keeping up with a gazillion other responsibilities), I’ve been pressuring her forever to be a guest blogger on Lil Blue Boo…and she finally caved!
Please welcome my first guest blogger….my friend (and “full-time consultant”) Shari:
OK, so I’ve been having anxiety over writing this guest blog post for, well, months! I keep putting it off…have you seen how many creative and awesome people follow this blog? And, hello, can Ashley do anything wrong? (She’s going to kill me for saying that!)
A little bit about me: My name is Shari and I’m a busy stay at home mum to 3 year old Finley. I love to sew (I am honored to be a pattern tester for Ashley), and I mostly sew things for my little girl, which she then refuses to wear. I am a lover of color and I especially love trying to make colors that don’t necessarily work together, work. That basically got me through art school :) Before starting our family, I was an art dealer and I would paint when I had the time. Now, I barely have time to doodle! So sewing is a great thing for me because I can put it down and start back up without missing a beat.
You might remember a while back Ashley blogged asking us what the most unusual thing we use as decoration in our home is. I emailed Ashley a picture of mine, as I do with pretty much every project I do. She’s been my crafting muse since the day we met. Anyhow, so my unusual decor item are two very old bricks from the first home my husband and I lived in. The house was demolished about 5 years ago, and I keep these old dusty bricks proudly displayed on our mantle.
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The house was an adorable, tiny, not well insulated (can you say “get your ski hats out, it’s 40 degrees below outside and we ran out of oil in the furnace!”) little 1940’s manufactured home sitting on 700 gorgeous acres in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. To me, those 2 bricks are not only beautiful, but the memories they hold are too. Needless to say, I’ve heard many comments such as “What are those dirty/ugly/odd/fill-in-the-adjective looking things on your mantle?” So that got me thinking about beauty, and what one considers beautiful is so relative and subjective.
I remember once years ago there was an exhibit of the worst paintings by all these absolutely famous artists. Paintings we would look at and probably say “wow.” But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and not only that, let’s face it, we all screw up our projects sometimes, even famous artists like Picasso, or bloggers like Ashley. 😉

So today I ask you: what is your craft project gone bad?
Meet Shari 3 via lilblueboo.comSadly, I have a slew of items to pick from. Let me see, it could be the terrible rust colored dress I made my daughter using an old silk shirt of my husbands. Ashley said “It’s cute” in an email. but I could tell by the lack of exclamation marks, it certainly was not. What was I thinking? My child looks like she belongs in Little House on the Prairie in this one!
Or maybe it’s my first pair of pants that I sewed. I somehow managed to sew it so that the front of the pants were made up of a front and back panel, same with the back of the pants of course, and even better yet, I sewed them upside down.
The topper of failed projects may have been dinner last month. It was my husband’s 40th birthday, and I decided to try out a bunch of new recipes. The fritters were tossed before they were even served. The linguine in a curry cream sauce was miserable, somehow the cream sauce decided to separate and coagulate. Yuck. And, the chocolate peanut butter ice cream I made resembled the texture of what my husband described as “curdled milk.” Nothing like a fine meal to say “Happy Birthday!” eh?
Meet Shari 4 via lilblueboo.comOh, and I nearly forgot the bird mobile that plagued me, and even after Ashley lent me some drill tips and I labored over the thing forever, I ended up back at Ashley’s house with a bag full of 9 sewn birds and said “Here you go, you figure out what to do with these, cause I don’t want to see them in my house anymore!” (They now peek over Ashley’s fabric piles as she sews. By the way, does anyone else in the world have such neat fabric piles, or am I crazy to think that Ashley is indeed Superwoman?!)
Anyhow, so my point of this blog post….as we all struggle to make gorgeous things every day, and keep up with the Picasso’s and Ashley’s of the world, let’s take a moment and give a standing ovation to our failed projects. Without them, how could we appreciate all the beauty we otherwise create?
I hope you guys want to share some of your failed projects stories…it would be nice to know I’m not alone!
Happy day everyone…Ashley will be back soon, promise! :)