Coffee and Chocolate Shortbread is a simple and delicious gift you can bake in just a few minutes. Add a free printable gift tag for an easy present you can make anytime.
My first taste of mocha shortbread was at a dear friend’s house in the Pacific Northwest. It was a cool and rainy winter day. We were drinking coffee while watching our toddlers play with cars and racetracks. It was a perfect day in every way from the refreshments to the companionship.
Over the years I have baked coffee and chocolate shortbread many times. I have made these treats for cookie exchanges and to give to neighbors over the holidays… there are so good I even took them to my master’s degree final exams. (It never hurts to bring your professors treats!)
I’ve refined the simple recipe over the years from a bar cookie to a more refined chocolate dipped shortbread biscuit. It is delicious both ways, but I prefer the fancier presentation when using it as a gift.
Each time I make coffee and chocolate shortbread I am reminded of my dear friend, living in the lovely Pacific Northwest, and the holiday season. I hope you try baking a batch and make your own lovely memories.
I enjoy baking Coffee and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies around the holidays. They are the perfect gift for all the coffee lovers in your life. I cut them to fit into a beautiful coffee mug and pair them with a delicious bag of coffee. It’s an affordable but touching gift.
Be sure to download my set of free printable gift tags (available in the free printable library) to gift this delicious mocha shortbread to your friends and family. I hope you like the sentiments, my kids and I had a great time thinking them up for teacher gifts.
Bonus tip: Visit your local Starbucks to purchase their American made mugs. I love giving them as gifts to support American jobs.
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules (I use Starbucks Via)
- 2/3 cup butter (softened not melted)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels (mini chips, 8 ounces)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Cream butter and vanilla together, slowly stir in flour, sugar and coffee granules.
Roll dough between sheets of parchment or wax paper until it is approximately 3/8-1/2 inch thick.
Cut into circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass.
Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 325 degree Fahrenheit until lightly browned and firm. Let shortbread cool completely.
Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave proof bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds, stir well and then heat in 10 second increments stirring well between each heating until completely melted.
Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a wire rack until chocolate glaze is firm.
Store cookies in an airtight container once chocolate is solid. Place sheets of wax paper or parchment paper between layers to protect the glaze.
Add a free printable gift tag, if desired.
I package the cookie filled mugs in cellophane or plastic and tie them with twine. It is pretty packaging that also keeps the baked goods fresh.
I hope you enjoy the cookies and my free printable gift tags. The PDF download includes one page with the sentiments and one page of decorative second layers. Print page one on solid colored card stock and page two on a piece of card stock in a patterned coordinating color.
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