Mocha Nonpareil Cookies

IMG_4285Next up for the Christmas cookie tray?  These pretty little mocha-yummy bites.  They’re loaded with flavor, and they are so easy to put together!

IMG_4297I bought these dark chocolate nonpareil candies at my local Stop & Shop.  They are not quite the gourmet chocolate candies that you’d find at a fancy-pants candy shop, but they are tasty nonetheless…and paired with a chocolate shortbread base, they turn into one delicious little cookie.

Here’s how to do it:

2 sticks softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. instant espresso coffee (regular coffee works too)

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

Approx. 8 oz. dark chocolate nonpareil candies

Cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and espresso.  Mix until blended.  Mix in flour and cocoa.  Roll dough into 1″ balls and press one nonpareil candy on top.   Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  (Cookies spread very little)  Bake 15 – 20 minutes, or until cookie is firm.

IMG_4250I was concerned that the candy might overpower the cookie but, nuh-uh.  Perfect blend of cookie and candy!

(Are you baking yet??)

“A”

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8 thoughts on “Mocha Nonpareil Cookies

    • I do bake a lot of cookies, don’t I. But, be forewarned. This cookie thing will get worse before it gets better*. I still have 12 good baking days ahead.

      Thanks for the giggle!
      Ann

      *If you need to take a bigalittlea break until January, I’ll be sad…but I’ll understand ;-)

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