This great cookie recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies, 2006.

The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2007, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 2095


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

Makes about 1 dozen


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  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, espresso powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl; set aside.

  • Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Brush any excess flour off dough with a dry pastry brush. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Transfer heart shapes to baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, spacing 1 inch apart.

  • Bake cookies until there is a slight resistance when you lightly touch the centers, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

  • Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip with the chocolate whipped cream. Pipe cream onto half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.


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I bought some instant espresso from the Bakers Catalogue. Go to This is a great catalogue!
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You can usually find instant espresso powder in the coffee/tea aisle at most supermarkets. However, when I lived in Boston, I couldn't find it in any of the grocery stores. It's made by Medaglia D'Oro. You can also google "instant espresso powder", you'll get a bunch of different sites you can purchase it from.
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please tell me where i can find 'instant espresso powder'. i have been searching for a while now and can't seem to find it anywhere. thanx for your reply.
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I made these and then sandwiched them with ice cream for my grandchildren as a special dessert for a family birthday. I put them on pretty plates, sifted icicng sugar over them and added a few coloured sprinkles as decoration. Huge success! The adult dessert was a boozy trifle, definitely for the wee ones! PS I just used instant coffee and only one tablespoon. It was fine.