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.
March 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm
I made these yesterday, they were DELICIOUS! so simple to whip up, this will definitely be going into my recipe box..
February 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm
Yulia, thank you very much for the feedback! I happy to hear you liked them!
February 4, 2010 at 10:29 am
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!
March 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Rosalie, I’m glad you liked these! Pretzels are quite time consuming to make, unfortunately. Thank you for your comment!
March 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm
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!