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Cafe Mocha Cutout Cookies

Cafe Mocha Cutout Cookies
Cafe Mocha Cutout Cookies

Olivia has been in the kitchen baking cookies again and since she will be 15 in just a few weeks, her tastes seem to be a little more adult. This recipe would make a good alternative to gingerbread for making decorated Christmas Cookies but make a scrumptious coffee break treat at any time of the year.

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Sift together and set aside:

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp instant espresso or coffee powder

Stir together:

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar

Add the dry ingredients along with:

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk

Mix together until a soft dough forms, then chill the dough for at least a couple of hours before rolling the dough out on a lightly floured board to about 1/8 inch or 4 mm  thick. Cut cookies out with your favorite cookie cutters or cut in diamond shapes before transferring  the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. If you are not planning to decorate the cookies with frosting, I recommend brushing on a little egg wash and sprinkling with turbinado sugar. (You can use any coarse sugar or regular sugar in a pinch). This gives an extra crispy, yummy sugary layer.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 13-15 minutes. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.

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