Mocha Shortbread

This not-too-sweet shortbread can also be rolled out and cut, but baking it in a pan and cutting while warm is faster and easier.

  • Servings: 6
Mocha Shortbread

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October/November 1993


  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans, preferably espresso
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for sprinkling


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt. Stir in coffee, and set aside.

  2. Beat butter until smooth. Add sugar, and beat well. Add flour mixture, and beat until combined.

  3. Pat dough into an ungreased 8-inch round pan. Bake until firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove shortbread from oven, let sit for 5 minutes, then cut into wedges. Let cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving.


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