Chocolate Dipped Spiced Shortbread Coffee Dunkers
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Happy fall, y'all! To me, fall means cozy flavors and cozy moments. So, I've paired them both perfectly in this recipe with NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™! My family and I, we are BIG coffee drinkers. Like, I can't go even one morning without coffee—and I'm so lucky to have found a husband that shares that sentiment. Honestly, I could NOT be married to someone who doesn't drink coffee. Haha, we actually bonded on A LOT of coffee dates back in the day. He knew exactly how I liked it and would order for me. I think that's when I knew he was a keeper. ;)
Now, flash forward a bit: we have kids and a whole new crazy lifestyle, and those coffee dates are usually at home now. He makes me coffee in the morning, every morning, and let me tell you, I sure miss that when he is gone for work (in the Navy). I do not take one moment for granted when we get to be together. And even after all these years, we still drink coffee at all times of the day (guess we aren't that old yet! ha!). Using Nescafé Clásico to make a quick cup during our busy life is always welcomed. Also, to all my military spouses out there, it's perfect for deployment packages so they can have coffee, even in those times when they are out in less-than-desirable areas. It's a small, warm hug from home and I know my husband loves it.
For this recipe, I pulled from my heart because I wanted something that really spoke to how important these moments are to me and to us. What goes better with the bold taste of Nescafé Clásico than a shortbread cookie dunker? And to make it even better, I added hints of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and then dipped them in some melted Tollhouse milk chocolate chips. OH EM GEE! Talk about the perfect coffee companion! These babies say fall all day long and with these at home, you will forget coffee shops even exist.
Shortbread dough is actually one of the easiest and quickest cookies ever, seriously. My recipe is a classic grandma-style shortbread cookie dough with butter, powdered sugar, and flour. Yep, that's right, just 3 main ingredients. I always add a pinch of salt, as I use unsalted butter, and vanilla (because it's vanilla and I put it in everything). I also added nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon to give it a warm spiced flavor that's not overpowering at all and almost makes your cup of coffee taste like a fancy fall latte when you enjoy them together.
You can make this shortbread dough in advance and just keep it in your fridge. It rolls out very easily with just a small dusting of flour, and it's perfect for cookie cutters as it barely spreads in the oven. I used heart cookie cutters. To make my hanging mug cookies, just use a sharp knife to cut a small rectangle-sized chunk out prior to baking. Don't forget to check to make sure it will fit on whatever mug you are going to put them on. Roll your cookies out pretty thick as well, about 1/4 of an inch. The heft allows them to hang off the mug upright and look oh-so cute!
Now, these cookies are good just like this (pinky promise) or you can add a little something extra by dipping half of the hearts in melted milk chocolate. Notice I didn't say ganache. Do not add any cream to your melted chocolate or it will never set properly. Just dip your cookies and allow them to cool or you can put them in your fridge to speed up the process. I added some walnut pieces to a few of mine as well. It's totally up to you and your preference! You could even add sprinkles!
So, I did say that we are now parents and have a crazy busy lifestyle (pretty much like all of us, right?). Well, I did a thing and I am actually wowed that I hadn't tried it before. Walmart Grocery Pickup! Y'all, it's so awesome! Walmart is my typical go-to shopping because it's right across the street from my neighborhood anyways, but I hadn't tried the online pickup yet. It's so awesome that I don't have to haul my kids out when I just need a few things from the store, especially when one of them is cranky or tired. I could cry at how convenient this is. It's these small miracles guys. Haha. So, add NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ to your list and try Grocery Pickup from Walmart today! .....and whatever else you need (cause you know you need something, even if you just went to the store yesterday. It never fails). And enjoy some fall baking!
Once your cookies are set, you are ready to enjoy! Get out your Nescafé Clásico, make a hot cup of coffee, and share your special moment with a loved one! And with 100 cups and 100% pure coffee, you may need to make this recipe a few times over. But hey, is that really a bad thing? ;)
P.S. He still knows how I like my coffee, and he doesn't mind that I'm typically in pjs when I drink it now....pretty sure I love him even more for that.
RECIPE- CHOCOLATE DIPPED SPICED SHORTBREAD COFFEE DUNKERS
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
BAKE TIME: 15 minutes
MAKES: 20-24 depending on size of your cookie cutter
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bag Nestle Tollhouse milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Cream butter and vanilla in mixer for about 3 minutes.
3. Sift in powdered sugar and mix until combined.
4. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients mixture into butter mixture, and mix until combined. Stop and stir the bowl throughout. The dough should come together easily. Dump dough out into plastic wrap and put in fridge for about 15 minutes or longer if prepping ahead of time.
6. Lightly flour a surface and place your dough on top. Roll out with a rolling pin until about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use desired cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on lined baking sheet. To make the mug toppers, use a small sharp knife to cut out a small rectangle in part of your cookie shape about halfway up. (see pics above for reference) Do this before baking and don't forget to make sure it will fit on desired mugs.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. They should be lightly golden on the edges when done. Remove pan from oven and allow them to cool completely.
8. Pour half of the bag of milk chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until all chips are evenly melted. Dip half of your cookie in chocolate and set aside to cool or top with nuts/sprinkles of your choice.
9. Prepare a cup of Nescafé Clásico, place your cookie on your mug, and share the love!
STORING THEM: Place in a airtight container and keep on counter to preserve freshness up to a week.