Coffee Shortbread with Cinnamon Icing

I love coffee.

I drink coffee almost every day.  And I also love cookies.  So these shortbread cookies are a perfect match!

Shortbread cookies are great because there are just a few ingredients, they are easy to make, you can make them in to almost any shape, and they are delicious!

These cookies are perfect to bring to a party or even just to bring to a friend to let them know you're thinking of them!  Anyone can make them, regardless of your baking experience.  I brought some to work today and they were coworker approved!

Coffee Shortbread with Cinnamon Glaze


1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp. finely ground coffee (if you want it to be a richer coffee flavor, add more!)


2 tbsp. water
Approx. 1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

What to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 325.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, mix the butter until it's creamy.  Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.
3. Slowly add flour, one cup at a time, mixing in between each cup (this is so the flour doesn't go all over your kitchen! haha).  Add the finely ground coffee.
4. Mix until the dough is lumpy. (First, it will turn very crumbly and powdery, but if you keep mixing, it will turn in to a bunch of little lumps!)
5. At this point, you have a few options!  You can roll out the dough and cut it out in to shapes or circles or whatever, you can roll it out and let it bake as one big sheet to cut up after baking, or you can roll the dough out in to a circle and roll it out and slice them in to shapes that resemble a pizza slice.  The key here is you want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick.  Whatever you decide to do here, put the cookies on the lined cookie sheets.
6. Put the trays in the oven and let them bake for 14-18 minutes.  You don't want them to start turning brown because they will be really crunchy! Let them cool on the tray and then move them to a cooling rack.
7.  For the glaze:  Put the water in to a bowl.  Slowly add the powdered sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, and mix very well.  You don't want any lumps in the glaze, so you'll have to stir it a lot.  I used a spoon, but looking back, it would probably do better with a whisk.
8.  For the glaze, you can add more sugar if you want the glaze to be less runny, or less sugar if you want it to be more runny!  That part is up to you, also! Once you have a fully mixed glaze, add the cinnamon and mix well.
9. Next, you glaze the cookies.  I set up the cookies on my cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper underneath so if any glaze dripped off the cookies, it wouldn't get the counter all messy.  I used a spoon to pour the glaze on the cookies.
10. Let the glaze harden and enjoy!


Look at dat glaze!