Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

These peanut butter espresso cookies are made with a simple shored cookie dough infused with espresso powder and a touch of cocoa powder.

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

To celebrate National Peanut Butter Month, Peanut Butter & Co. challenged the Yum Squad with a #MysteryIngredient project.  Those who wanted to participate were given one of four mystery ingredients to showcase the versatility of peanut butter.

Last week, you might have seen peanut butter and sriracha recipes floating around Pinterest.  This week is all about peanut butter and espresso!

Lucky for me, I am already a fan the peanut butter and espresso combination.  Two years ago I made this “hyper monkey” smoothie.  The smoothie was a mixture of espresso, chopped dark chocolate, milk, frozen banana and peanut butter.  I absolutely loved it!  While it may not have been the most nutritious of smoothies, it sure was delicious.

I’ve been on a cookie craze these past couple of weeks thanks to the abundance of Girl Scouts in my neighborhood.  Influenced by my current cookie addiction, I decided to make peanut butter espresso cookies!

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

These cookies start with a simple shortbread cookie dough infused with espresso powder and a touch of cocoa powder.  The recipe makes for about 2 1/2 dozen cookie sandwiches, meaning you’ll have enough to keep for yourself and plenty to share with others.

Once you’ve baked the cookies, pair them together.  I’m all about working quickly and efficiently.  I find the best way to fill cookies/macarons/etc is by laying them out like the photo above.

Place one cookie right side up and it’s paired cookie upside down.  Filling all the upside down cookies and then use the remaining cookies to sandwich them together.  It’s much faster than making cookie sandwiches one a time, filling as you go.

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

These peanut butter espresso cookies could be done at this point… but, they look sorta naked to me.  They need a little bit more.

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

I melted some white chocolate and drizzled it over the tops of the cookie sandwiches.  Before the chocolate set up, I sprinkled a little cacao nibs to emphasize the espresso flavors in shortbread cookie.  Now these cookies are done and ready to be eaten!

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

The espresso shortbread cookie is delicate yet full of espresso flavor, while the peanut butter filling is sweet and creamy.  Together they make a wonderful pair that’s perfect with your morning glass of milk or afternoon cup of tea!

Peanut Butter Espresso Shortbread Cookies

Yield: makes 2 1/2 dozen cookie sandwiches

Author The Little Epicurean


Espresso Shortbread Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth.

  2. In another bowl, whisk together espresso powder, cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Add flour dry mixture to creamed butter mixture. Mix until almost combined. Add vanilla and continue to mix until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Punch out rounds using a 1-1/2 inch circle cutter. Gather dough scrapes and press together. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and continue to punch out additional rounds. Place rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing rounds about an inch apart.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool in pan for 2-3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Peanut Butter Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together peanut butter and butter until combined. Add confectioners' sugar and salt. Mix until filling is smooth.

  6. To assemble: Pair together espresso shortbread cookies. Place about 2 teaspoons of peanut butter filling on half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies. If desired, drizzle melted white chocolate over the tops of the cookie sandwiches and sprinkle with cacao nibs.

Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies

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I like peanut butter and banana: 1 Tbsp peanut butter per bite of banana.

Liz @ Floating Kitchen

Oh these look fantastic! I’m totally down with PB + coffee pairings. And I love sandwiches cookies because – obviously – you get TWO cookies! XO


These look so good! My favourite is Peanut butter and chocolate, duh! Nothung beats that!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

So cute! I love sandwich cookies. And PB and coffee sounds delicious! And those cacao nibs? Yummmm

Mandie | Mandie's Kitchen

Favorite peanut butter combination would be cinnamon and honey or chocolate! These peanut butter shortbread cookies look amazing!

Simone Sika

PB and chocolate (of course)!!! But next in line would be peanut butter & oatmeal.


Peanut butter and chocolate or with banana and marshmallow and jelly.

Jen @ baked by an Introvert

Peanut butter and coffee sounds like a great combo. These sandwich cookies are adorable!

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

peanut butter and chocolate or banana!


omg this is the perfect combination my husband and I would love. I should try this asap!


I like peanut butter and bananas.


Peanut Butter and Chocolate :)


Well of course, PB +Chocolate, perhaps some Banana too.

Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

These look so perfect! I can’t believe I gave up peanut butter for Lent! These are on my Easter Sunday list for sure. I love a sandwich cookie and the pairing of peanut butter and espresso sounds like such a great grown up combination to me!

Dandi D

I like to make energy balls with peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate.

Jordan D.

This might sound weird to some people, but I really love peanut butter and fresh spinach on pita bread. It’s especially awesome with a drizzle of sriracha. It’s kind of like a thai peanut butter sandwich lol.


My favorite combination is peanut butter and a spoon, but peanut butter and nutella in a crepe are a close second.


Peanut butter and banana, a perfect combo.


Pretty! These cookies are too cute to even eat!


I love the white chocolate wonderful PB! I can eat it with a spoon


My favorite combination is peanut butter and milk chocolate.

Laura H

Classic PB&J!


Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.

Joe K

Yum pb and j

Steven Taylor

Totally have to try these, look awesome!

Candace Galan-Calderon

Peanut butter and bananas are my fave!

Seyma Shabbir

I love Peanut Butter and Banana, mashed with milk and honey and frozen to make ice cream pops!


I love peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallow….

Ronda Six Garnett

Peanut butter & chocolate

Alicia Arsenault

Peanut Butter & Chocolate

Strawberry Fields

Peanut butter and Marshmallow is a great combo!

Michelle M

PB and chocolate or PB and fig spread.


I’d make them without the espressos

joanna reed

I love peanut butter and granny smith appples


My favorite combination is peanut butter and bananas.

cathy j

Absolutely peanut butter and chocolate!


Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely my favorite. This recipe looks delicious btw. can’t wait to try it out!

amanda bridges

pb and banana fried sandwich…Elvis style

Diana G

peanut butter and maple syrup

Amy C.

Peanut butter and chocolate are definitely my favorite combination!

Carmen Lee

Love apples and peanut butter together!

Mrs kim trombly

Only thing missing is the coconut!


Peanut butter and chocolate. HANDS DOWN!


Peanut butter and bananas

Kathleen Walsh

Peanut butter and raisins


Peanut butter and jelly donuts are really good.

Leslie C

Bananas and peanut butter

Laura Klassen

Peanut butter and banana

Valerie C.

marshmallow fluff and lots of peanut butter….on bread :)

Jennifer Essad

I’m into marshmallow fluff, white chocolate wonderful and grahams

Mary W

Peanut butter and chocolate wins in my book every time.


Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite!

Susan P.

Peanut butter and milk chocolate is my favorite combination.

Jodi S

Favorite combination is peanut butter and apple slices! @smilejoylove

Susan Christy

Peanut Butter & Chocolate – nothing better!


pretzels with peanut butter and nutella


peanut butter with dark chocolate makes the best combo

Debbie M

I love to put peanut butter in my oatmeal. And of course the classic pb + chocolate!

Christina O

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Mallory D

Peanut butter and chocolate of course! :)

Ron Miller

PB & Jelly

Amy L

I like peanut butter spread on a banana. It’s one of my favorite snacks. I’d love to try it with a flavored peanut butter like chocolate.


Peanut butter and banana is my favorite combo! So comforting.

jane jakins

peanut butter icing over angel food cake

Sarah B.

Peanut butter & jelly sandwich on multigrain bread, GRILLED. Yum!

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