Sugared Mocha Cookies

If you visit One Artsy Mama on any somewhat regular basis, you know that cooking is not exactly my thing.  But I have to say, I have already made three recipes out of the Taste of Home Holiday Editions!  I think that’s some kind of record for me and a cookbook…  I tried the Buffet Meatballs {which hubby and the members of our small group at church heartily approved of} and you may remember the Crispy Peanut Butter Balls {which just about every single person in my life approves of}.  Here’s the third of my recipe attempts:

{Note: The actual title of these in the magazine is Scalloped Mocha Cookies, found on p. 16 of the Cookies & Candies edition.  I, of course, didn’t have the scalloped cookie cutter, so we went for some different shapes instead.}
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Coarse sugar or edible glitter
1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, chocolate, and vanilla.  Combine the flour, coffee granules, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
2. Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-in. thickness.  Cut with cookie cutters and place on ungreased baking sheets {I used parchment paper}.  Sprinkle with coarse sugar or edible glitter.
4. Bake at 350 F for 8-9 minutes or until set.  Remove to wire racks.


So, I had to test these out for quality-assurance, and here’s my verdict.  If you don’t like coffee, you will not like these cookies.  If you’re like me and the Starbucks baristas know your name, order, and birthday, you’ll love them.  They’re not super-sweet, but they’re tasty with coffee or an iced chai {just sayin…}.  I like how unique they are, and how much they remind me of a few of my favorite things…Coffee and Chocolate!  Maybe I should share some as Christmas gifts for those hardworking baristas I mentioned…
Now, I hope you’ll check out some other fabulous cookie recipes to try this holiday season from some very talented bloggy friends of mine!

Andes Mint Cookies from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Snowman Oreo Truffles from Repeat Crafter Me

{How cute are these?!}

Cereal Wreaths from Bear Rabbit Bear

Christmas Mice from Happy Hour Projects

Mars Bars Squares from Becoming Martha

Thin Mint Cookies from Create.Craft.Love

Soft Gingersnaps w/Pumpkin Dipping Sauce from Ladybird Ln

Marshmallow Chocolate Squares from Jessie Street Designs

Peppermint Bark from Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home

Spiced Chocolate Bark from Chase the Star

What’s your go-to holiday cookie recipe?

Happy Crafting!

*Recipe reprinted with permission from Taste of Home magazine.


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  1. Yum.Love mocha anything! The other links look amazing as well. The mice look darling as do the snowman truffles. I love the cut out cookies as I can make a bunch at once. I will give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These look just like gingerbread, and I hate gingerbread, but have always wanted to decorate gingerbread men. What a perfect solution. Thank you!

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