espresso chocolate shortbread

Oh, coffee. I love it. I love how the bitterness offsets anything sweet, especially a scone or the foamed milk of a cappuccino. I love how, because I only drink it on weekends, it’s always a treat. I love that little buzz that makes me feel like life is the most awesome awesomeness of awesome ever.

I do not like when that buzz goes too far, so that my thoughts are too scrambled to go beyond Bzzzzt. I do not like when it irritates my stomach. I do not like lying awake at night regretting the mug I drank ten hours ago.

Coffee and I, we have a complicated relationship. I like it, but I have to be very, very careful with it. Which, come to think of it, is how I feel about dessert too. These crisp-tender distinctively coffee-flavored cookies were no exception, although in this case, I had even more reason to try to resist.ย  No one wants to be up all night because they ate cookies after dinner!

Donna chose these cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted.

One year ago: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
Two years ago: Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters


  1. I love you cute little triangle wedges! Nice job!

  2. The shape is so cute! Espresso and chocolate are a very good pairing. You know about adding instant coffee to brownies, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. cute triangles! i made the oatmeal version. i didn’t realize cookies could actually give you coffee buzz!

  4. great flavor combo…love the pics.

  5. yours turned out beautiful!

  6. These look great, Bridget.

  7. These are beauties! Lovely photographs of these treats! I am going to try to make them myself. Coffee and I have a relationship that so far is working for the both of us. Coffee. Just the sound of the word makes me happy. My kids tell me it is a drug, but, I am entitled to one vice, in moderation of course! Thanks for posting. I love you blog, just never told you before. You are delightful!

  8. I just made nearly this exact same thing this weekend! I’m going to post it on my blog next week, once I have time to edit the photos. I did white chocolate and walnuts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. i love that bowl full of cookies! usually no coffee after 2:00 is my rule, but an exception was made for these guys!

  10. I keep thinking about this cookie. But really, I’m thinking about the dough.
    How delicious was the dough?

  11. bridget says:

    Branny – You know, I didn’t love the dough. Cookie dough made with powdered sugar isn’t my favorite.

  12. I think I’ve started a habit of baking every Friday for my co-workers, and now I definitely know this week’s treat! I love everything about this recipe (but I’m bummed to hear the dough isn’t amazing…that’s always my favorite part)

  13. That looks wonderful for a snack, breakfast or dessert… I love the flavor combination! Great job on these, Bridget!

  14. SO glad to hear the dough is unimpressive. I shall not make these cookies then ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to whip up a batch of these!

  16. wow, your cookies look so beautiful! and tasty too i’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. The little wedges of tasty go perfectly with those fantastic cups/saucers.

  18. This has been on my “to make” list for, oh, ever. Did you follow Dorie’s instructions of putting the dough into a bag to shape it into a rectangle? Just wondering if that’s a “must” or if there’s a better/easier way!

  19. bridget says:

    Cara – The plastic bag method is actually pretty easy (and fun!), and it’s definitely nice for getting perfectly shaped cookies. But, I hear that rolling the dough into a log, freezing it, and slicing off cookies works great too.

  20. love that you cut them in triangles–they’re adorable!