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Coffee Cookies

Do you love coffee?  Yeah, me too.  I don’t mean that in a casual  “yeah, I love coffee” kind of way;  I. Love. Coffee.  We’re hot & heavy.  It’s a torrid love affair that has no end in sight.  I once (foolishly) thought I should give up coffee…  Why, you ask?   Well, I thought I should get off caffeine, or rather it should get out of me.   Then, after 3 absolutely miserable weeks,  I had a revelation of sorts.   I don’t really drink (I’m usually a 2 drink max kind of girl), I’ve never had a cigarette in my entire life and I don’t do drugs.  Pretty boring, I know…   So, here’s where I decided that coffee and I are lifelong partners; I don’t do anything else!  Everyone has a vice and dammit, coffee was going to be mine! 

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When I heard about this book “Passion for Coffee” by Patricia McCausland-Gallo, I was intrigued.   If I could use one of my favorite things in all the world in a variety of ways:  I’m in.  I sat on the couch, obligatory cup of joe in hand, devouring these pages.  The author is so thoughtful about the use of coffee in so many applications;  from sweet to savory, drinks to desserts, hot and cold, etc… 

There are easily a dozen recipes in this book that I have marked to try, I’m sure you will find that many as well.  It is a wealth of knowledge and information on the topic of coffee and how best to utilize it.

The recipe I chose was a butter cookie with coffee.  Combining coffee and cookies sounded like a winning combination!  I made the recipe twice, the second time to test it out on friends.  Most of them liked it.  The texture is slightly less crumbly than a “sandy” type of cookie and it is very buttery with a subtle coffee flavor.   I thought they were a great treat to have with a cup of coffee.   The deciding factor in choosing this recipe was this:  it’s a handful of ingredients,  which most of us already have on hand.  This recipe is a great “go-to” when you want to whip up a little something sweet without making a special trip to the store.

So,  pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit down with a copy of this book and enjoy a cookie or two.


Coffee Butter Cookies

Coffee Butter Cookies

A light butter cookie flecked with coffee from the cookbook "Passion for Coffee"

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1/2 lb clarified butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. granulated instant coffee, or espresso


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Lightly spray 2 (or more) baking sheets with nonstick spray.
  2. (I used parchment paper instead)
  3. Beat the butter in an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Sift the powdered sugar into the mixer bowl, and continue to mix for 8-10 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and coffee. Reduce speed to low and add to the mixer bowl. Beat only to incorporate, no more than 1 minute. It will be a dry, textured dough.
  6. Scoop out 1 tablespoon portions, place on baking sheet and flatten slightly with your hand.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Set aside to cool 5 - 10 minutes.
  8. Store in containers for up to a week.


The only issue I had both times was the yield. According to the recipe, I should've had 80 cookies. I ended up with about 20.
I used a slightly larger scoop than 1 tablespoon (the portion in recipe) and did not cut in half, which they did.

Adapted from Passion for Coffee

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Disclosure: I was sent a complementary copy of Patricia McCausland-Gallo’s Passion for Coffee to review. All links to purchase the book on Amazon are affiliate links.  Recipe reprinted with permission from Creative Culinary Works/Favorite Recipes Press.

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