November 28, 2011

Holiday Cookie Week: Freckled Espresso Shortbread Coins & HUGE Baking Package Giveaway {Naptime Simple Tips}

Espresso Shortbread

Welcome to Naptime Chef Holiday Cookie Week! I am a huge fan of baking holiday cookies and I know I am not the only one. This week I want to hear all about your naptime cookie baking. Are you working with tried and true recipes? Experimenting with new ones? Do share! Of course, no Naptime Chef theme week would be complete without a great giveaway package. Today I have loads of goodies you will love for your holiday baking!

Stampin' Up

To keep this challenge fun I encourage you to post pictures of your holiday cookies or tell us about it on Twitter (tag @TheNaptimeChef) or by tagging The Naptime Chef Facebook fanpage. If you do this, you’ll get extra entries to win the awesome giveaway. I also hope you’ll join my group Pinterest Board Titled “Project #12: Holiday Cookies!” and pin up some of your favorite cookie recipes!

Here are the awesome surprises in my giveaway:

1. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Cookbook

2. “Be a Good Cookie” Cookie Spatula

3. Aerobie Aeropress Coffee/Espresso Maker (make espresso for your shortbread!)

4. Stampin’ Up Cookie Stamps with homemade gift packaging (including cardboard gift boxes, bakers twine, decorative paper punch, cardboard, rubber stamp with ink, cookie press with 3 decorative presses)


I should mention the I used the cool stampin’ up cookie presses to make the cute snowflake on the top of my espresso shortbread cookies. I also used the great gift boxes, twine and paper punch to make the packaging in the above photograph.

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Espresso Shortbread Coins with Dark Chocolate Freckles


3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup freshly brewed espresso
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup finely chopped dark chocolate


1. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add the fresh espresso. Then, spoon in the flour and salt, mixing just until the dough forms. Stir in the chocolate freckles until just evenly incorporated. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for at least 3 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/8″ thickness then cut into circles with cookie or biscuit cutters. Then use a cookie stamp to stamp the desired pattern on top of the cookie. Place the shapes on a lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

As you can see, I placed four cookies per cardboard box and handed them to friends. These would make AWESOME holiday gifts and would be fun for kids to do for their friends as well.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 20 minutes bake time


Naptime Reviews

My daughter was not a huge fan of the espresso taste, but the adults loved them!


*Some of the giveaway items generously donated by Aerobie Coffee Makers and Stampin’ Up.