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.

 

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I Had The Pleasure of Seeing…..

Just got back from Dr. L’s office. My scans were clear! The only change is a new cyst in my ovary which must be causing the discomfort in my pelvis.

I gave Dr. L a huge hug and he laughed and said “just don’t let your husband hug me.”

He said it was amazing news and now we’ll just monitor my HCG levels to make sure they don’t go up from 2.

He always does his dictation in the room and the second he took out his recorder, I said:

I had the pleasure of seeing Mrs. Hackshaw today……

….basically stealing his line.

He paused for a second and then dictated:

I saw Mrs. Hackshaw today……and had the pleasure of seeing her husband Mr. Hackshaw…..

I can’t wait to see if that gets edited out of the final version of his notes.

Anyway, thank you for all the prayers! Cookies for everyone. God is good.

#choosejoy

P.S. If I owned a rooster, I’d name him: Dr. Luke Dreisbach¬† (aka “Dr. L” my oncologist)

P.P.S. Boo got this replacement chicken in the mail from my mom today…..replacement because the last one had reached the end of it’s life. My mom sent an emergency replacement in the mail because Boo was traumatized when the chicken popped and we had to throw it away.

 

The Chicken via lilblueboo.com

P.P.P.S. Since we don’t have a rooster, we’ll name this chicken Dr. L….and hopefully the real Dr. L will understand it’s actually a great honor to have a rubber chicken named after you in our family.

 

 

 

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I made these cute little felt cookies for Boo’s play kitchen and grocery store. Stephanie Corfee made the cute little “sweet treat” printables for baked goods and I used for the label!

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Psssst: Brownies and cookies are a great gift……

Look what my friend Emily brought me today straight from her kitchen….YUM.

Psssst: Brownies and cookies are a great gift via lilblueboo.com

I’m not kidding….these are the BEST peanut butter cookies AND the BEST brownies I’ve ever had. I’m not sharing them.
You can get the recipe info at her blog:
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