Espresso Pretzels

Espresso Pretzels

These are fun to make but the shaping process takes some time. Start when you are not in a hurry and enjoy. The pretzels are pretty and delicious.  

Makes about 5 dozens


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp finely ground espresso beans
  • 1 ½ tsp instant espresso or coffee powder
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg white


Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.

In a bowl stir together the flour, ground espresso beans, espresso and cocoa powder, and salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer on a low speed beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until creamy. Beat in the egg white, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally. Gradually beat in the flour mixture just until the dough forms.

Form a level tsp of the dough into a ball, with your fingertips roll back and forth on a work surface to form a 6-inch-long rope. Form each rope into a simple pretzel shape. Place the cookies on the baking sheets about ½-inch apart.

Bake the cookies in batches until firm when lightly touched, 15-18 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets on racks 5 minutes, then transfer them with a spatula to the racks to cool completely.

The cookies can be stored for a week in an air-tight container.

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5 Responses to “Espresso Pretzels”

  1. I made these cookies the other day and they were delicious, however my hubby and brother (who both do not care for coffee) thought they tasted too strongly. I tend to love a strong coffee flavor though, and that is what you get with these. Not too sweet either with a softer bite. I stood there popping one after the other into my mouth for just that one more does of coffee flavor. Easy to make since i just flattened them into little cookies…(I had a hard time with the dough trying for the pretzel shape). Definitely will make these again!

  2. Rosalie, I’m glad you liked these! Pretzels are quite time consuming to make, unfortunately. Thank you for your comment!

  3. I was looking through your site during breakfast and wanted a coffee kick- was I glad when I found this! I made it right away, and can I just say they were AMAZING! While it did test my patience, having to shape them all out into pretzels, the end result was worth it! Couldn’t stop eating them! I will definitely make these again!

  4. Yulia, thank you very much for the feedback! I happy to hear you liked them!

  5. I made these yesterday, they were DELICIOUS! so simple to whip up, this will definitely be going into my recipe box..

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