Espresso Snickerdoodles are heavenly little snickerdoodle cookies with just a hint of espresso.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, your oven has no time to rest. Why? The Christmas cookie baking season is here! Today we’re celebrating this time of year with a virtual cookie exchange.
Anyone that has read Cosmopolitan Cornbread for any length of time, knows that I have a love affair with all things coffee. So of course you should know that I would share a cookie recipe with coffee in it. Though not just coffee…espresso! (Which you must say with rolled “Rrrrrr’s” and energy.) When you go to your next cookie swap, you’re going to have some amazing new cookies to share.
On a completely unrelated note: I struggle every time I type or write the word “cookie.” Did you know that the original spelling of a single cookie was c-o-o-k-y? Cookies with the “i-e-s” was plural.
One cooky – three cookies.
I want to type it as cooky with everything in me! :)
But enough of my kooky quirks, on to the cookies…
To make these precious little cookies, you will need some instant espresso granules. Not the ground beans, but the instant kind. Because the granules are rather coarse, you’ll want to grind them into a powder that is a bit more fine. You can use a mortar and pestle, but if you don’t own one, simply mash them with the back of a spoon in a bowl. It’s okay if you have some pieces that are a little larger. Those larger bits will only serve to give your taste buds an occasional little kiss of additional espresso flavor.
After you make the dough, you’ll roll ping-pong sized balls in a gorgeous cinnamon & sugar mixture with of course, more of that wonderful espresso powder.
A little trick I do when rolling cookie balls, is to give them the tiniest little finger imprint on the top. This flattens them ever so slightly so that when I slide the cookies in and out of the oven, none of them make their escape by rolling off the sheet. It would be tragic to lose even one of these innocent little cookies.
A song from my childhood suddenly comes to mind.
“On top of spaghetti… all covered with cheese… I lost my poor meatball… when somebody sneezed…”
Don’t let this happen to you. Like I said – tragic.
Just look at those little bits of espresso peeking out of the cookies.
- 2¾ c all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 2 Tb instant espresso granules (not ground beans), divided
- ½ c vegetable shortening (preferably organic)
- ½ c (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- ¾ tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1½ c + ⅓ c sugar, divided
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Set it aside for a moment.
- With your mortar & pestle, crush the instant espresso granules until they are a fine powder. It's okay if you notices some larger bits once you added it to the cookie dough. Those won't hurt a thing.
- Ad 1 tablespoon of the espresso powder to the dry ingredients, and give them a stir to combine everything. Set it aside for now.
- In your mixing bowl, beat 1½ cup of the sugar, the butter and the shortening together until they are nice and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time. When they are mixed in, add in the vanilla. Mix for another minute or so.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Set the dough aside for just a moment.
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining ⅓ cup of sugar with the remaining tablespoon of espresso powder, and the cinnamon. Give those a stir to combine.
- Take your cookie dough and scoop about a tablespoon into your hand, rolling it between your palms to form a ball of dough. It should be about the size of a ping-pong ball.
- Roll the ball of dough in the sugar mixture to coat it.
- Place the ball on your cookie sheet, and ever so gently press down just a touch. You don't want your cookies to roll off the pan and onto your floor. Repeat the process until you have 12-16 cookie balls on your baking sheet, depending on how large it is.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are just barely golden on the edges. Let them sit a minute, then transfer them to a rack to cool.
- Repeat the process with the remaining dough.