There is nothing more Italian than terminating a meal with Espresso. Either short, long, strong or café coretto – reinforced by Grappa or Sambuca – coffee is the main actor in the Grand Finale of any good meal.
When it comes to Christmas lunch, most probably the coffee will appear toward late afternoon. At our home, this lunch lasts several hours. We first have antipasti on the counter, while the rest of the dishes are still being cooked or just warmed in the oven. We take long chatty breaks between one course to the next, moving backwards and forwards from the dining table to the sofa, giving each dish the time and the space to perform…
When coffee time arrives, we are all longing for a good shot of its exact taste. We match it with coffee biscuits that have such a unique taste and leave you with a slightly bitter coffee flavour. They appear beautiful and this year we choose to make them as our Christmas gift. Can you imagine receiving them under your Christmas tree?
(Makes 22 biscuits)
3oo gr. all purpose flour
150 gr. butter atroom temperature
2 egg yolks
100 gr. cane sugar
5 gr. cocoa powder
10 gr. instant coffee in powder
4 gr. baking powder
Dice the softened butter and place in a bowl. Whip with the electric whip, slowly adding the sugar. Add the yolks and keep whipping.
Add the coffee and the cocoa and keep whipping.
Separately, mix the baking powder with the flour.
Add the flour mixture to the butter paste and mix well manually, until you reach a doughy consistency.
Wrap in plastic wrap and set to cool in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Warm your oven on a static mode for 180C/350F.
Place a parchment paper on an oven proof tray.
Take out the dough from the refrigerator.
Allow 25 gr. for each biscuit. Create a ball and then press the top to shape your biscuit.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Set aside for at least 20 minutes, to cool completely.
Only when the cookies are completely cool, sprinkle sugar powder on top. Place them on a nice dish or pack in a glass jar as a gift. We like to add some coffee grains when serving or packing as a gift.