Chocolate – Coffee Christmas Cut-out Cookies

“History does not tell us when, where, or by whom the first cooky was made. However, we credit the Dutch – famous for their honey and nut cookies – with having introduced the name to America, since cookie derives from the Dutch Koekje, meaning “little cakes.” The early Dutch settlers brought their family recipes along with them, thereby endowing America with a wide variety of these delicacies.

The Germans brought over their Christmas cookies, many of which, like the famous Pfeffernuesse, where highly spiced. The English brought their tea biscuits, the Scotch their shortbreads and oatmeal cookies, and the Chinese their almond cakes.

Although cocoa is native to America, chocolate cookie came to the American Colonies by way of Europe long after Columbus and Sir Francis Drake had taken the cacao from the New World to Spain and France.

The use of sugar in cookies is relatively new. Early Europeans depended largely on honey for sweetening and, in Colonial times, molasses often provided the sweetening. It was not until the introduction of the modern sugar-refining equipment that we were able to cook with the sugar now familiar to us.”

from The Spice Cookbook, 1964

Holiday chocolate cookies

Chocolate - Coffee Christmas Cut-out Cookies

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Yield 3 to 4 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • colored granulated sugar for decoration
  • Confectioner's sugar for serving



Melt the butter in a saucepan large enough for mixing cookies. Stir in molasses and sugar. Sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and instant coffee; add them to butter mixture along with milk and vanilla. Mix well. Chill dough 3 to 4 hours or until is stiff enough to handle.


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.


Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Shape, as desired with assorted cookie cutters, dipped in flour. Transfer them to the prepared sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart. Gather the scraps, re-roll and cut out more cookies. Sprinkle the cookies with the colored sugar.


Bake the cookies until the edges are crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the cookies cool briefly on the sheets, then transfer the cookies to the racks and let cool completely. Frost tops with Confectioner's sugar.


All cookies should be stored in closed containers to safeguard the moist, soft varieties from drying out, and the crisp ones against absorbing moisture from the air. Store soft and crisp cookies in separate containers. The crisp cookies should be cold before they are placed in the containers.

Holiday chocolate cookies

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    November 27, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I can almost taste them and feel Christmas already 🙂 wonderful recipe for Christmas!

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    November 27, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I was looking at Christmas cookies today, thinking I should start baking soon, or holidays will come very unexpected… 🙂 Those look absolutely beautiful!
    Come see what I baked and join the discussion… I'd like to know what you think!

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    Viví Taboada
    November 27, 2012 at 6:55 am

    unas galletas preciosas que nos van anunciando la navidad, me encantan! bicos

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    thyme Sarah
    November 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love all of the melding cultures that tell the many stories of cookies all over the world. Yours are so sweet…love the deep browns and 'old world' look.

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    Rowena Dumlao-Giardina
    November 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    That is the most beautiful cookie arrangement I have ever seen! Love it so much Yelena! And the recipe too is just perfect. Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorites.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous cookies, Yelena! It's finally starting to feel like Christmas especially visiting your blog. I was in summer weather two days ago. I finally get to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. 🙂 Your home must be beautiful with holiday spirits. 🙂

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    November 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm


    they look fantastic!!!

    a really gorgeous post!

    thank you so much!



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    Peggy G.
    November 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    These cookies have the holidays written all over them! I bet Santa will definitely love these =)

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    December 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    ummmm, qué rico<3<3<3

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    December 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Yelena! Tried this delicious n flavor rich cookies…turned out awesome n we loved it…thanks for this great recipe…

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