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 – 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