Mocha Twists

Chocolate and coffee crystals give each other a flavor boost in these Christmas cookies. Dunk them in Cocoa Glaze for a spectacular presentation.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cool Time:
3 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
24 twists


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 Cocoa Glaze, below

Cocoa Glaze

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 tablespoon milk


  1. In mixing bowl beat butter with mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, cocoa powder, coffee crystals, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with mixer. Using wooden spoon, stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half; wrap. Chill dough 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide each dough half into 24 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each dough piece in 6-inch rope. Twist 2 ropes together; pinch ends to seal. Place ropes 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.

  3. Dip one end of each twist in Cocoa Glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Place on parchment or waxed paper until set. Makes 24 twists.

Cocoa Glaze

  1. In a bowl combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and enough milk to make glazing consistency. Makes 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
8g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 24mg 1%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.