Thanksgiving may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean the holiday cooking is over! With Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner, the menu planning in most households marches on. If you’re looking for a tasty and unique dessert to add to your table this holiday season, try this recipe for mocha shortbread from Karen J. Covey, author oThe Coastal Table: Recipes Inspired by the Farmlands and Seaside of Southern New England. And pick up a couple of copies to give as gifts to the cooks in your life!


From Karen:

“This recipe is a riff on my mom’s tried and true shortbread recipe. A bit of cocoa powder and some of Dave’s Coffee Syrup (mocha flavor), transform this recipe into something new and different, but equally as mouthwatering.”

1 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
Pinch kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons mocha-flavored coffee syrup
Coffee beans, for garnish, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter. Add sugars and beat until smooth and well combined, another 1-2 minutes. Add coffee syrup and mix to combine. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and blend until just combined. Transfer dough to an 8-inch springform pan (you can also use a rectangular pan lined with parchment). Press dough out to fill pan in an even layer (dough will be a bit shaggy and loose but that’s ok, just press it all into pan into a nice, even layer). Bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean (do not over bake). Allow to cool completely. Cut into wedges (or desired bite-sized pieces).
4. To serve, transfer pieces to a serving platter and using a microplane, grate coffee bean flecks over top of each square (if using).

Makes 16 wedges (or 32 pieces).

cook’s note: It’s important to sift the flour and the cocoa powder so that the texture of the finished shortbread is completely smooth and melts in your mouth.

The Coastal Table is available in your local Barnes & Noble and independent bookstore. You can also purchase the book through our websiteAmazon, and