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Coffee Shortbread

You'll be remembered for these cookies when you serve them for a morning coffee or at a gathering. Melted chips drizzled on top make them look fancy, but they're so easy to make. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips


  • Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, coffee granules and salt until light and fluffy; gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-in. cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. Repeat with baking chips and remaining shortening. Drizzle over cookies; refrigerate until set. Store between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 137 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jan
    Feb 3, 2021

    I found the dough to be dry and crumbly and am wondering if my mistake was in creaming the butter, then adding the sugar, coffee granules and salt. Should those ingredients all be creamed together? They were more challenging than I expected after reading the wonderful reviews. They ARE very tasty!

  • homemadewithlove
    Dec 23, 2019

    Tried these for my Christmas cookie tins for neighbors and friends. Has a subtle coffee flavor and lightly crisp texture. I didn't bake mine for 20 min though.

  • suefalk
    Dec 18, 2019

    I was hoping these were as good as they look, and they are! I normally don’t use brown sugar in my shortbread, but it works well with the instant coffee. So good!

  • Dottie 63
    Mar 9, 2019

    OH, so good. And surprisingly easy to make. Keep well (if you can keep from eating them all at once). I like the crispness of a thinner cookie, so these are perfect for me. Instead of the drizzle, I dipped a corner of each one in melted chocolate. Super good even without the chocolate, though.

  • KristineChayes
    May 1, 2017

    Superb! Great coffee taste, nice crispy shortbread. I didn't do the chocolate drizzle. I would give these ten stars, if I could - Outstanding! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Dixie!

    Apr 6, 2017

    These were very tasty!! This recipe will go into my favorites!

  • bcates2002
    Oct 16, 2016

    Perfect, crunchy cookie! Will definitely be adding theses cookies to my annual Christmas gift baskets; I'm sure they'll be a hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • NYEditor
    Jan 22, 2016

    I made these for the first time as part of my Christmas cookie baking. I found them incredibly easy to make. The dough rolled out well and I was able to cut each cookie out with no problem. I drizzled the melted chocolate/white chocolate using a spoon and it worked very well and the end result was pretty. NOTE: the dough is not sweet, so the chocolate drizzle is a must! I found rolling the dough to 1/4 too thin. Shortbread cookies should be on the thicker side. Next time I may try adding a little cinnamon to the dough for an added flavor.

  • MARehbock
    Nov 26, 2015

    4 star. These are addictive, especially if you like coffee flavor. I decided just to frost them with chocolate icing.

  • Luija43OK
    Oct 13, 2015

    I made these for my card group today and they were hit, a lot of requests for the recipe, definitely will make these again