Christmas Cookies Day 3- Giant Espresso Crinkles

This one cookie that might actually keep Santa from completing his mission on Christmas Eve. With huge HINTS of cappucino,a soft yet crispy texture and topped with powdered sugar, these cookies will have your friends singing JOY TO THE WORLD!

If you can make a sugar cookie then you can make these. Make sure to have instant coffee granules to use in the recipe and not brewed coffee or coffee grounds. I attempted to make these the first time around with coffee liquer and then again with brewed coffee and the cappuccino taste I was so eagerly searching for just wasn’t coming out. The instant coffee granules is the way to go.

What else can I say about these cookies? Nothing but MAKE THEM!

Gift Packaging Idea:

Cut a strip of scrap-booking paper and adhere it around a tall round tin using crafts glue. Attached lettered game pices to te side of the tin that spell something like Joy or Peace. affix a ribbon around the side ofhte lid and attachd a scalloped gift tag to the top fo the lid using crafts glue.

Cookie-Candy Post Day 3- Giant Espresso Crinkles
adapted from Martha Stewart
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Confectioners' sugar, for coating
  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined; mix in cooled chocolate. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat in milk until just combined. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Pour confectioners' sugar (about ½ cup) into a medium bowl; working in batches, roll balls in sugar two times, letting them sit in sugar between coatings.
  3. Place on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, 12 to 14 minutes; cookies will still be soft to the touch. Cool cookies on a wire rack.


  1. Greg

    A few years ago a friend was moving and unloaded some groceries on us. Folgers was in the bag. We still use it just for chocolate desserts! If I’d only known Katherine’s parents drink the stuff, I would’ve served it to them. They didn’t like our coffee. Anyway, these look fantastic!

  2. jo-lyn@jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies

    how are you feeling? hope you are taking care! these look so good, i am totally making these!! 🙂 thank you!!

  3. Marina {}

    Oh how I wish I had one (or 5) of these right now with my coffee!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Laural @ Being Healthier

    oh my ex’s mom used to make these… chocolate snow prints or something – these are AWESOME!!!

  5. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    These cookies look super! Love the crinkled look.

  6. Pure Complex

    Oh.. these Giant Espresso Crinkle cookies are calling me right now. I love this.. I definitely have to add this to my recipe collection

  7. Eva

    This cookie sounds and looks seriously delicious Jessica. We love espresso so I am sure it would be a hit at our house. Drat, another cookie recipe to try…and I was trying to cut down! 😉

  8. yummychunklet

    Ooh, these crinkle cookies look fun and yummy! I may make them for a cookie contest next week. I’ll keep you posted!

  9. Jessica @ Cajunlicious

    Jessica these look amazing and a great mid-day pick me up!

  10. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Ohhh, I soooo love crinkles! It brings back childhood memories! I should try this version with expresso. It sounds really good!

  11. Veronica's Kitchen

    I have been wanting to make these cookies (chocolate not coffee flavour though), yours is as good as I could imagine! Hope you’re doing fine with the baby! 🙂

  12. Liz

    Oooh, we LOVE chocolate crinkles…and your addition of espresso is genius!!!

  13. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Cute wrapping idea. I love chocolate crinkle cookies. So pretty!

  14. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    These looks oh so moreish!
    I can’t believe so close to your due date and you are still blogging – you are remarkable!
    🙂 Mandy

  15. Erin@ Cooking on Whim

    what a great picture– these look fantastic, and if they are as soft as you describe them, then they are winner in my book!

  16. daphne

    Who can resist them? Not me!!!

  17. kitchen flavours

    These delightful cookies definitely spells out “CHRISTMAS”! It will be hard to say no, Santa included, for sure! Wish you a lovely Sunday!

  18. mary

    I would not be safe around these – too delicious and very pretty looking 🙂
    Mary x

  19. Stefanie

    These look so good! I love the cracks in the powdered sugar 🙂 I’ve been looking for a good crackled cookie recipe… Gonna have to try this one!

  20. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Yumnmy ! Love these! I will have to make a batch this week ! Great cookies for the holiday! 🙂

  21. Pudding Pie Lane

    I love coffee and any recipe that links coffee to baking is a win for me! Really nice texture too and thanks for the gifting idea 🙂

  22. lena

    these cookies look really festive and i love how they cracked on top!! oh, pls make sure you dont leave too many of these cookies around on christmas eve, otherwise santa will forget his round..i still want him to come to my place!!

  23. Kristy

    Jessica you are quite inspiring! How you pull all this off is beyond me. You are a wonder woman! And I have no doubt that these cookies would be a hit with many of my friends and family. 🙂

  24. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I love these! Coffee and chocolate are a perfect pairing in these “snowy” cookies! 🙂

  25. sportsglutton

    These look perfectly delectable and a necessity to enjoy with my morning coffee. 😉

  26. Velva

    Wow! These cookies look amazing. A perfect grown-up cookie.

    You definitely have your baking groove on-awesome.


  27. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Never made these, so I think I shall! Thanks!

  28. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I either never had crinkles before or just didn’t know the name of the cookies. Espresso flavor… ohh completely irresistible! I know one bite will become three cookies, and they lead to a whole jar of cookies! Looks pretty and delicious!

  29. Michele

    These sound really good! I love all the pretty crinkles.

  30. Blond Duck

    I’m still drooling over the peppermint bars!

  31. Vianney Rodriguez

    These look amazing, your on a roll with holiday cookies!! love them!

  32. Teresa Blackburn

    I love, love, love the way these cookies look which I am sure is how they taste…wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Shea

    These look like just what I need right now–caffeine and chocolate, combined into one yummy cookie! And these are so pretty too!

  34. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    Oh my! these look so good!
    love crinkle cookies

  35. Linda

    I actually had to smile at your comment about not using coffee grounds…but you’re probably right, someone might think to use them!! How cool of you to include gift wrapping ideas to go along with your cookies! I’m so impressed over that and the recipe!!

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