Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cookies

Shortbread + coffee + condensed milk = ngon quá!


Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cookies

Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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Cooking time



This recipe is based on Food52’s Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cookies.


  • Mixing Bowl
  • 2 sticks or 226g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 85g confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Dry Ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

  • Icing
  • 85g confectioners’ sugar

  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

  • 1 tablespoon whole milk

  • 1 pinch espresso powder

  • Equipment Used
  • Stand mixer

  • Small piping bag or spoon


  • Cookie Dough
  • Cream together the butter and 85g confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and beat to mix well.
  • Add the flour, salt, and instant coffee granules to the mixing bowl, and beat until the dough is smooth and sticky and not sandy-looking. If it is still sandy looking after you’ve beaten it for more than five minutes, add a bit of coffee or water in increments until the dough seems more cohesive.
  • Roll the dough into a log (or two) about 2″ wide, wrap in parchment or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm and chilled.
  • Bake
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°F. Slice the dough into thin circles, and place them on a parchment-lined sheet (or in the wells of a muffin tin). Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just barely golden brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Ice Cookies
  • While the cookies cool, make the frosting. Beat together the remaining confectioners’ sugar with the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, milk, and espresso powder. It should be thin enough to drizzle easily: Add more milk if not. Once the cookies are cool, drizzle the icing over them or, if you like, spread the surface of each cookie with a thin layer of icing.


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