Mocha Nut Meltaways

  • Yield: 4 to 5

Ingredients

Cookies:
1cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2cup sugar
2teaspoons instant coffee granules or powder
1tablespoon water
2teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2cups ground or finely chopped walnuts
1/3cup finely chopped walnuts
Mocha frosting:
1 1/2cups confectioners' sugar
1/4cup baking cocoa
1/4cup cream
1tablespoon butter, softened
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1teaspoon instant coffee granules or powder

Instructions

For the cookies:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Dissolve the instant coffee granules in the water in a small bowl; add the vanila. Stir into the creamed mixture.
  3. Sift the flour and baking cocoa together in a bowl. Add to the creamed mixture and beat until smooth. Fold in 2 cups walnuts.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each into a 14-inch log. Chill, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator.
  5. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Cut the logs into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on the middle oven rack.
  7. Cool on a wire rack before frosting. Frost with Mocha Frosting and sprinkle with 1/3 cup walnuts.

For the frosting:

  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, baking cocoa, cream, butter, vanilla and instant coffee granules in a mixing bow; beat until smooth and creamy.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children, Tastes, Tales and Traditions (the Palo Alto auxiliary for Chidren, 2005)