Cappuccino Love Bites

These cute little cookies are a lot of fun to make and eat! I specifically chose these to go in the holiday tins that I shipped because they are not delicate. Also, I wanted something with coffee flavor in the tins I shipped since those did not include the cappuccino fudge (below). I think these were a really nice addition because they are not super sweet. The base is soft, and has a shortbread and coffee flavor, and the chocolate in the middle goes wonderfully. A great alternative to the traditional peanut butter blossoms 🙂

Cappuccino Love Bites
Yield: about 36 cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg
1 tbsp. coffee-flavored liqueur or milk (I used 1 tsp. espresso powder and 2 tsp. milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. instant coffee crystals
36 Hershey’s Hugs, wrappers removed

Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add one cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Beat until the mixture is combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg, coffee liqueur, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the flour gradually until well combined. If necessary, cover and refrigerate dough until it is easy to handle.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Combine the remaining ½ cup of sugar and the coffee crystals in a small bowl. Roll dough balls in the sugar mixture. Place each ball 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Bake about 10 minutes or until tops are cracked and sides are set (do not let edges brown). Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. If desired, while the chocolate is still warm, swirl the kiss gently with the tip of a knife. Transfer cookies to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

Source: adapted from The Canadian Baker, originally from BHG Christmas Cookies 2007

12 Responses

  1. My favorite part is how the stripes in the Hershey’s Hugs get all twisted when you squash them down. So cute!

  2. these look awesome annie! they look like the perfect cookie for holiday tins. i want to try to make them sometime.

  3. I will have to give tehse a try! I have made something similar in years past called Zebra cookies…not as romantic a name…

  4. these are SO cute!!! my DH loves coffee, so i may have to make these for him. oh, and there’s nothing wrong with having both PB blossom and cappuccino love bites 😉

  5. These sound delicious and look so pretty!

  6. Oh wow those look good.

  7. These were my favorite in my cookie tin! Love love love them!

  8. Awwww, these are so cute! The hugs look perfect.

  9. I made these lastnight to go in a gift basket for my husbands boss. They are AMAZING little cookies. Thanks for sharing such great recipies with eveyone. I really enjoy your site, and came upon it quite by accident but I am sure glad I found it.

  10. I’m really sad to say that these came out simply awful. Despite following the recipe to a T (with the small exception of subbing in 2tsp soy milk for 2tsp regular milk), the cookies spread out until they were completely flat and very cake-y. The taste was all there, but the consistency makes these inedible.
    Did I do something wrong? Please help!

    • Since other readers have made them successfully and loved them, it sounds like something went wrong on your end, but it’s impossible to know what since I wasn’t there. Better luck next time!

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