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Espresso Cookies


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Serves 60 | Prep Time 30 | Cook Time 10 Minutes per Batch

Ingredients

1 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
4 Packets Instant Coffee (I use the single serve packets such as Folgers or Maxwell House)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 1/3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Finely Chopped Pecans
8 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 Tablespoon Liquid Shortening


Preheat oven to 375 degrees


In a medium bowl, beat Butter on medium to high for 30 seconds


Add Sugar, Coffee, Salt & Baking Powder


Beat until everything is combined, scrapping the sides of the bowl occasionally.


Beat in the Egg and Vanilla


Slowly add the Flour until fully incorporated



If you have a cookie press:


Pack the dough into the cookie press


Force the dough through the press into desired shape onto a non-greased cookie sheet



If you do not have a cookie press:


Roll the cookies into 3/4 inch balls


With a glass dipped in sugar, press down on the balls to flatten



Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are firm


Transfer to a wire rack to cool



Place Chocolate Chips into a bowl


Pour Liquid Shortening over the Chips


Place in Microwave for 30 seconds


Remove and stir


Repeat until the Chocolate is completely melted.



Dip one end of the cookie into the Chocolate


Let the excess Chocolate drain


Sprinke with Pecans


Place on waxed paper until Chocolate is set.



Note: These cookies will keep for about 3 weeks at room temperature or in the freezer for about 3 months. I normally make them in November and then take them out the week before Christmas to decorate.


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Notes

These cookies are a magical combination of chocolate and coffee flavors and to enjoy them with a cup of coffee...heaven!

I originally found this recipe in the Better Homes & Gardens issue 2002 issue of Simply Perfect Holiday Baking. They were originally called "Mocha Wands" for the cookie press disc used to create the cookie shape. I have made a few ajustments, utilizing packets of instant coffee rather than the original 4 teaspoons of espresso coffee powder they called for, increased the vanilla from 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon and using a different cookie press disc to yield more cookies, but the adjustments have gained rave reviews!

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