Early morning is one of my favorite times of day. I don’t love the actual getting up part but after that pain has passed, rushing around in the pre-dawn light is kind of exciting. The only reason to be up that early is if there is something important that requires it. As an adult with no early classes to attend or last minute assignments to finish, most of the time it’s something enjoyable. Even if I’m waking up early for work, I’m happy because that usually means getting done early too. If I had my way, work would start early and end early so there is daylight left for adventuring.
Sometimes those early mornings require a little extra kick. When I need a boost of caffeine that I can’t get from a latte alone, I make sure to have a batch of these cookies ready and waiting. With 2 tbsp of finely ground coffee, they pack a serious buzz. Rolling the balls of dough in sugar before flattening them gives a nice crisp outside. The cookies are uniform in shape so they are perfect for ice cream sandwiches. I like to keep mine simple with vanilla bean ice cream to let the cookies be the star.
A word to the wise, remember these are caffeinated and more than a bit addicting…and don’t let the kids have too many or else you will be chasing them for hours!
Coffee Sugar Cookies
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp finely ground coffee or espresso powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- optional: 1/4 cup sugar for crusting dough
- Cream butter and sugar
- Combine eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder in a small bowl; combine flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder in another bowl
- Stir egg mixture into butter mixture until well combined; Slowly incorporate flour mixture
- Chill at least 1 hour
- Roll 1 tbsp balls of dough in sugar (optional); place on parchment lined baking trays; flatten with the bottom of a glass
- Bake at 350* 8-10 minutes