Guest Blogger: The Little Foxes – Tuesday’s Cookie: Espresso Cafe Crisps

11 Jun

When you’re in the mood for cookies and you want something different, why not try Ashlee, author of The Little Foxes’ new recipe. Ashlee is a lovely young lady who has already contributed to VBU! see her original post here for Creamy Chilled Farro with Asparagus. She’s the manager for the Vegucated Schoolhouse Community, write guides on going vegan for Vegucated, and write for Ecorazzi. Check out The Little Foxes on a plethora of media channels: The Little Foxes,  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Welcome back Ashlee!

Blog friends, it’s Tuesday. And while I write this with a heavy heart, grieving for the people and animals in Oklahoma who have lost so much, I figure we all can use a little happiness in the form of good old fashioned sugar. Today isn’t just Tuesday’s Cookie, y’all, it’s also a very exciting day because my very first cookie order is going out. I didn’t launch a cookie making bizness or anything, but a sweet, wonderful friend found out that her client was vegan and wanted to send her a special ‘thanks for your business’ gift. So, she kindly reached out to have me bake some cookies to send. espresso cafe crisps ashlee piper the little foxes vegan tuesdays cookie recipe This excites me and I’ve been working on recipes all dang week. I could use tried-and-true recipes, and really no recipe is 100% original, but I wanted to add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to the gift box, something to show that vegan baking ain’t boring or stiff or basic or dry. I opted to do an “Artisan Vegan Trio” which had my Flaky Pesto Shortbreads (gotta have some savory), Savasana Snickerdoodles (to come in another installment of Tuesday’s Cookie – they’re like snickerdoodles on a bendy and meditative journey through a spice market), and these Espresso Cafe Crisps. And I put ’em all in a pretty recycled paper box with a bizness card and the cutest ingredients list you ever did see (not in photo). Heck, maybe the person who receives these will visit the blog and say, “Gasp, those are my cookies!” And if so, Person, I hope you liked ’em! espresso cafe crisps ashlee piper the little foxes vegan tuesdays cookie recipe These cookies are perfect for the person in your life who likes coffee. Italy. Italian coffee. Things that pair well with coffee. Sitting in cafes and brooding. Wearing berets. Oh shit, now I’ve mixed up my countries. Anyway, this cookie is good – it’s sophisticated, unexpected, dang tasty, and pairs well with coffee or vegan ice cream and shakes. It’s like biscotti, but it’s not. Listen, let’s just get to the coffee talk, shall we? Think of me as a blonde, less verklempt Linda Richman with shorter nails, but a no less piercing stare that makes you feel…awkward. Fellow bloggers and foodies of Vida Vegan Con, I might just be wearing these very tinted, oversized eyeglasses in Portland. They’re so beguiling. LindaRichman

Espresso Cafe Crisps

espresso cafe crisps ashlee piper the little foxes vegan tuesdays cookie recipe

  • Yields: 28 2 inch cookies
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 – 15 minutes


  • 2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup vegan powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso, powdered (I prefer the latter for a stronger, bolder taste)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp cocoa powder, if you like more of a mocha flavor
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 granulated vegan sugar, to coat cookies


  • Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment or a silpat liner.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar, brown sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa (if using).
  • In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil (either at room temperature or gently in the microwave or a double boiler) with the vanilla extract.
  • Combine the melted vanilla coconut oil mixture in to your dry mixture and stir until fully assimilated. Dough should be stiff and thick.
  • In a separate dish, combine the granulated sugar and remaining 1 tsp of cinnamon and combine.
  • Pinch dough in to balls that are about 2 tbsp worth, and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until covered.
  • Space coated dough balls evenly on your baking pans and press firmly with your palm to make cookies flat, about a 1/4 inch thick (this will make for a cookie that is crispy on the outside with just the right amount of chewiness in the middle).

espresso cafe crisps ashlee piper the little foxes vegan tuesdays cookie recipe

  • Place in the oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes (depending upon your oven) until the whole house smells like coffee and the ends of the cookies are gently browned and crisp.
  • Remove and place on a rack or counter to cool. Serve with spiked coffee or, better yet, crowning your favorite vegan gelato (if you do this, press the dough even thinner before baking, so it’s like a wafer).

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