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Espresso Chocolate Shortbread
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Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, have the quintessential buttery shortbread taste and texture with just a hint of coffee flavor to enhance the chocolate and the perfect amount of sweetness. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Time in Refrigerator2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder (See Note 1)
  • 1 Tablespoon boiling water
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • cup (2.67 ounces) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup mini-chocolate chips


  • Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water; set aside to cool to tepid.
  • Place butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and dissolved espresso in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Do not beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour and mix on low speed only until the flour disappears into the dough, about 30 seconds. Don't work the dough much once the flour is incorporated. Fold in the mini-chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer the dough to a gallon-size Ziploc bag. Place the bag on a flat surface. Leaving a small opening in the top for the air to escape, roll the dough into a ¼-inch thick rectangle that completely fills the bag. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so that it doesn't cause creases. (See Note 2)
  • Seal the bag and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or for up to 2 days.
  • Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Place the Ziploc bag on a flat surface; cut away from the dough and discard bag. Turn the firm dough onto a parchment lined surface. Using a ruler as a guide and a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 ½-inch squares. Transfer the squares to prepared baking sheets, leaving about ½-inch between the cookies. Carefully prick each one twice with a fork, gently pushing the tines through the cookies until they hit the baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Bake at 325° F for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just start to lightly brown.
  • Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to a week, if they last that long.
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies.


  1. Espresso powder is insanely expensive. If you're a coffee drinker, you can easily make your own espresso powder.
  2. Watch carefully as the dough begins to reach the top of the Ziploc bag. You don't want it to overflow onto the tracks that seal the bag.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg