I brought these to the cookietravaganza on Saturday. Of the three varieties I made, these are probably my favorites. Just the name: Espresso Biscuits (it is a Martha Stewart recipe, after all) makes me feel so refined and elegant when I nibble on their crumbly, chocolately goodness.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp espresso powder or finely ground espresso beans
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Sift together the flour, cocoa, and espresso powder; set aside. Cream the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the flour mixture into the bowl, mixing on low speed and scraping down the sides of the bowl twice. Pinch off small wads of dough (about 2 tbsp each) and roll between your palms to form a ball about 1 inch across. Place balls on baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, press the tines into the dough twice, creating a cross-hatch pattern and flattening the dough into a biscuit shape. Bake until just firm to the touch, rotating the sheets between the oven racks halfway through to ensure even baking, 10-15 minutes total. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Because there are no eggs, baking soda, or baking powder in these cookies, and one uses powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar, the end result is an intensely-flavored, dense, finely-grained biscuit that crumbles on the tongue.
In addition to the espresso biscuits, I made pecan snowdrops and molasses spice cookies.