Marsala chocolate coffee biscuits

18 Jun


My all time favorite dessert is tiramisu. Having said that I am loathe to make it as 1) it generally makes a shedload and 2) I would eat the entire shedload due to point 1)

Oh, what a luscious desert it is – mascarpone, coffee, alcohol, crunchy, sweetness, creaminess… it is everything you could ever want in a dessert.

I wanted to take my favourite aspects of this dessert – namely, coffee, chocolate and alcohol – and use them as a base for a small little biscuit, or cookie.

I was so happy with the way these Marsala chocolate coffee biscuits turned out. They were so easy to make and even easier to eat. Ensure you allow resting time for the dough before baking.

These little bickies – I made them petite but if you want to make them bigger just adjust the baking time – are so fudgy and delicious. I don’t have a sweet tooth but found myself constantly reaching for another biscuit, especially when I was having a coffee.

I am a coffee snob and only drink real coffee ie espresso-based. If you don’t have access to espresso you could substitute instant coffee but it won’t carry the same richness of flavour.






120g butter, chopped and softened

¾ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup golden syrup

1 egg

3 tablespoon cooled espresso

2 tablespoons marsala

2 cups plain flour

¼ teaspoon cocoa

Icing sugar to serve


Let’s get to it:

Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment beat butter, sugar and golden syrup until pale and fluffy – around four minutes.

Turn off beaters, scrape down bowl with a spatula, then with beaters on low speed beat in egg, espresso and marsala until combined. Add flour and cocoa and mix until combined.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place mixture in fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 180°C and then roll small balls of the dough into walnut-size balls and place trays.

Bake for 8 minutes then sit on tray for five minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

When cold dust with icing sugar and serve.





15 Responses to “Marsala chocolate coffee biscuits”

  1. Snapshotsincursive June 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

    I’m in! 🍓

  2. WhollyCupcake June 19, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Looks delicious!!!

  3. lulu June 19, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    I’m not a big fan of tiramisu so your cookies sound much more appealing.

  4. Laura @ Feast Wisely June 19, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    Ah Hungry Mum I loved your intro para and I agree wholeheartedly – love tiramisu but have little self restraint when faced with it!

  5. Gary Lum June 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    I love Tiramisu too Mum. I’ve never made it, but I love eating it. I reckon I could eat a shedload too 😂

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 22, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Hehe at the shed load. It is very difficult to resist I agree!

  7. marymtf June 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    Oh, my,

  8. Anna @ shenANNAgans June 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    Haha…. my theory to the shedload and eating it all business, you only live once and gurl… and that once should totes include shedloads of your faves. 🙂

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    I need about a dozen of those right now! They sound delicious 🙂

  10. FrugalHausfrau June 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Have two – they’re small? Seriously, these sound amazing! Love tiramisu, too, but don’t often make it for the same reason…

  11. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) July 24, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    I am not a fan of tiramisu as I tend to find it on the soggy side. I need texture. I love the flavours though, and these biscuits seem like the answer.

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