Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Contributed by Alaska from Scratch.

 

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

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 lilblueboo.com

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 lilblueboo.com

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

    • 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

Instructions

  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.

 

About Maya from Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

 

guest post – eighteen25

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.

 

 

 

hi!
we are so thrilled to be visiting all of you lil blue boo (ers)!

we are jennifer, jamie and jodie.

three sisters that have 11 kids (between us), not a lot of time but a lot of fun when we are together.

 

and we are from eighteen25.
a place that we compile all of our creativeness.

 

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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!!

xoxo

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 lilblueboo.com

 

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

Guest Post – The Cottage Home

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 Lindsay from The Cottage Home.

 

Thank you so much for having me here, at Lil Blue Boo.  Ashley, you have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers ever since I heard your news.  I am so relieved that things are moving in a positive direction and continue to pray that it only gets better from here!

So, the question is “How do you find joy in blogging?”

I started my blog, The Cottage Home, almost exactly two years ago.  It originally started as a way to share my projects, recipes and ideas with my family and friends.  I began blogging through the encouragement of one of my friends.  She was really into reading blogs and knew that I was into, what I like to call, the domestic life.  When she told me that she would read my blog if I wrote one, I couldn’t believe it.  Really?  Someone would actually be interested in my life?  I figured if even one person would read what I had to say, maybe others would too.

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Guest Post – Homemade by Jill

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!

 

 

Please welcome Jill from Homemade by Jill.

 

First, hurray for Ashley! Your good news post brought tears to my eyes yesterday.  I’m so glad that your chemotherapy is working!

I was asked to share a little bit about how I find joy in blogging.  For me, the joy comes from the sharing.  Have you noticed how generous craft bloggers tend to be with sharing project ideas and tutorials?  I find it really inspiring, and it makes me want to create more to share.  Whenever blogging starts to feel like a chore, I’ll get an email from a reader sending me a link or photo of something they have made from one of my tutorials, and it makes all the late nights at the computer feel worth it.

Ashley is no exception.  She shares her talent with all of us through her beautiful patterns and tutorials.  She helped me tackle my fear of knits!  Even more so, she inspires us all with her positive attitude and zest for life.  Honestly, I don’t know how she does it all.  I think of her as wonder woman!  Which brings me to my project…

 

 

This year, I made my daughter, Ruby’s, Halloween costume using Lil Blue Boo patterns and tutorials.  The top portion of her dress was drafted from the Sienna Dress Pattern, and I attached a Cascading Ruffle Skirt to the bottom.  With just a few faux leather gold accents, she made a very adorable Wonder Woman!

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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…..cooking, decorating, tutorials, parties etc! Make sure to check out all of Mique’s awesomeness today!

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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…..it makes their site super unique! So if you don’t already follow Crafterhours…you are missing out!

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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!

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