Shortbread cookies are a staple around here, especially for the Holiday’s. I’ve borrowed some flavour inspiration from one of my favourite seasonal beverages, Peppermint Mocha, and infused these cookies with espresso, chocolate, and peppermint.
Show of hands, did anyone else agree to take part in a Cookie Exchange this year? I know I’m not the only one.
Now I have to make 7-dozen of the same cookie, and package them up all fancy. If I was ever going to willingly bake 144 cookies, they would ideally be a variety, and I’d end up storing them all together in my white and blue Tupperware Season-Serve container , which I think is designed for marinating meat. Mine has never actually been used for meat – only cookies and other baked goods, because it’s the perfect size and shape, and airtight.
I’ve been trying to narrow down the list of cookie options, but there are so many delicious ones to choose from, like my Bourbon Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Chunk and Pretzel Cookies, or perhaps my White Chocolate Lentil Shortbread. How is a girl supposed to choose? To make the decision even tougher, I got the bright idea to transform one of my fave seasonal beverages into a cookie.
Truth be told, I have a hard time getting on board with most seasonal drinks at the local coffee shops …*cough cough* Pumpkin Spice anything. My one exception is Peppermint Mocha. I always forget how much I love it, until it turns up on the menu and refreshes my memory. It’s Christmasy, comforting and nostalgic, so it makes sense to turn it into a cookie.
Cookie exchanges are a fun way to get together with your friends and celebrate the season and share your favourite holiday treats, if you can narrow down your list of favourites to just one. I was struggling with this until the first batch of these Peppermint Mocha Shortbread cookies came out of the oven. These cookies are soft, studded with chocolate chips, have a subtle coffee nuance, a kick of peppermint and they don’t cost $5 each time I want one.
Adapted from these Espresso Shortbread Cookies