While visiting my Nana a couple of weeks ago, I was flipping through a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that had come with one of her latest magazines. It was nothing but cookies, so of course I was finding recipes left and right I wanted to try. The first one to catch my eye was one for sugar and spice espresso cookies. Sounds great, right? Well, they really are! I came home and immediately baked up a batch of these cookies! The verdict: we loved them (even Joel, who isn’t crazy about coffee!)! Just a teensy bit chewy with a good amount of crunch and the coffee flavor is nicely complimented by the cinnamon. They tasted like cinnamon coffee, which happens to be one of my favorite fall treats. I loved the way my house smelled while these were baking, too! I marked the recipe with a little star and put it in my recipe box, which means I’ll definitely be making these over and over again!

Sugar and Spice Espresso Cookies

2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon hot water
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour

In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons espresso powder and water, stirring until coffee powder is dissolved. Set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), combine the butter and shortening; beat for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg, vanilla and coffee mixture. Slowly add the flour a little at a time until fully incorporated.

Divide the dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a 7-inch log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and chill about 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut logs into 3/8-inch slices. Place slices 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon espresso powder; sprinkle over slices. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes approximately 48 cookies.

Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Best Ever Cookies recipe book

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  1. Love the combination of spiciness with espresso. They look super delish Amy.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Sounds yummy. Want to try these to bring them to a cookie swap. I’m not much of a baker. What would replace the shortening. Don’t really want the hydrogenated fat. Could additional butter do it?
    Cheryl

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    amy Reply:

    You could try additional butter- I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

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    Comment by Eliana — October 11, 2011 @ 5:54 AM

  2. oh what a good idea. cinnamon and expresso. i sometimes overdo it at the milk counter with the cinnamon on my coffee ! :/

    ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

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    Comment by Manding — October 11, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

  3. I need these Sugar & Spice Espresso Cookies in my life! Yum!

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    Comment by Jessica — October 11, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

  4. Adore the sound of these, the most tempting cookies ive seen in a while! Saving this one and i hope i will be able to make them soon :)

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    Comment by Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — October 11, 2011 @ 2:23 PM

  5. Somehow I picture you with your apron in your kitchen, having an absolute blast baking with your little one someday! :)

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    Comment by Kimby — October 11, 2011 @ 6:20 PM

  6. These cookies sound delicious! I love both cinnamon and coffee flavors. I can’t resist cookie recipes either. Bookmarking this one.

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    Comment by Rose — October 11, 2011 @ 6:31 PM

  7. I love some cinnamon in my coffee, so these cookies seem like something for me!

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    Comment by Denise @ TLT — October 12, 2011 @ 4:48 AM

  8. yum! i’ve been meaning to try espresso powder in cookies forever…you’ve inspired me to get baking this weekend!

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    Comment by Alexis @ There She Goes — October 12, 2011 @ 8:26 AM

  9. My husband is going to love these. Thanks for sharing.

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    Comment by The Food Hunter — October 12, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

  10. I would love one of these with a nice cup of coffee… or is that overload? :)

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    amy Reply:

    Totally not overload! Can you really have too much coffee? :)

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    Comment by Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) — October 12, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

  11. These sound like such a wonderful fall treat. I think the teachers at my school will definitely appreciate them!

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    Comment by Kelsey — October 13, 2011 @ 4:41 PM

  12. Decorated the cookies with smileys and shapes and figures and we (hubby and wifey) were transformed into teenagers once again, having late night dates over coffee and tea…Thanks for this post!

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    amy Reply:

    How sweet (and cute!)! So happy you two enjoyed these!!

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    Comment by Anna — October 14, 2011 @ 2:20 AM

  13. I made these this weekend! They’re very yummy with just the right amount of spice. I baked mine for 7 minutes at 350 and they were perfect!

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    amy Reply:

    So happy you enjoyed them!

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    Comment by Pip — October 17, 2011 @ 12:37 AM

  14. these were yummy! I added a little cinnamon to the sugar/espresso powder mix for the top as well….wouldn’t these be good with a chocolate drizzle or something too? = )

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    amy Reply:

    They totally would! Great idea!

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    Comment by Elya — October 19, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

  15. They taste like cinnamon coffee? As in Dunkin Donuts cinnamon coffee? I’m in. Love the stuff.

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    Comment by Salad in a Jar — October 20, 2011 @ 9:37 PM

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