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Chocolate Mocha Brandy Dreams
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3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa


4 teaspoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, if desired

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon brandy  

Decorator sugar, if desired

 *Substitute 1/4 teaspoon brandy extract.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Beat at low speed, gradually adding flour and cocoa, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each into 3-inch log. Place, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Form into crescent shape; pinch ends and flatten slightly. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set. (Do not overbake.) (Surface may crack slightly.) Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine half & half and coffee granules in bowl; let stand 2 minutes. Stir until coffee granules dissolve. Add all remaining frosting ingredients. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Sprinkle with decorator sugar, if desired.

Tip #1

To maximize space on the cookie sheet, place each crescent in the same direction.

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