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Coffee Shortbread Recipe

Coffee Shortbread Recipe

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 YIELD:30 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 137 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Coffee Shortbread

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

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

Reviewed 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"

Grammy Debbie
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I really liked this recipe for many reasons--the dough was very easy to make, it rolled and cut beautifully without prior chilling, and they tasted delicious. I let the icing firm up completely before placing them in a freezer container and freezing them for an upcoming meeting where I want to serve an assortment of cookies. I, of course, had to taste one and once I did I knew I would be making these cookies often!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014 Edited Feb. 28, 2015

"Excellent cookie !! It's definitely a keeper for my Christmas baking!!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"The coffee flavor can be intense - I think it depends on what kind of instant coffee you use. I had some Starbucks on hand, which is usually strong. The chocolate drizzle was terrific as a balance to the coffee taste. I brought the whole batch to work and came back later in the day to an empty container and many compliments."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"these were good"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"These cookies have a nice coffee flavor for all you coffee lovers out there. I think the chocolate drizzle is a must as they can be a bit intense with out that sweetness to balance the coffee flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I found them to be rather bland. The chocolate drizzle made them difficult to layer for storage without smearing and perhaps needed a firmer hand to make a pretty drizzle. I ended up dipping them. They did cut nicely with cookie cutters and I found that they kept their shape, so I used small ones and they do look nice sitting on a saucer with a cup on it. They weren't particularly rich as I would have expected shortbread to be."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"This recipe looks soooo good! I can't wait to try it. Anything with coffee interests me."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"Great for my coffee loving husband and sons! Thanks for the easy recipe."

Kay Carlson
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"Have made these for Christmas the last 2 years - my family loves them! I melt chocolate and/or butterscotch chips and frost them."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I have made these a couple of times, and love them! They are so cute and have a great flavor and texture! Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"Received many compliments on this one."

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