12 Days of Holiday Treats: Coffee financiers

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Welcome to Day 6 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small-er batch (as many of us will still be attending/ hosting smaller gatherings) – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim. Check out the treats from 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the bottom of this post too for more inspiration!

Today’s treat is a coffee financier – because who doesn’t need coffee during the holiday season?

These are quick and easy to make so you can satisfy your craving in less than an hour. What could be better during the busy baking season – a little something for YOU?

Yield: 12

Coffee financiers

Coffee financiers

Simple coffee-flavoured tea-cakes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


for the financiers

  • 1/4 cup (57 g/ 4 tablespoons/ 1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • approx. 3 tablespoons (28g) oat flour (you can use all-purpose/ plain flour if you don't need these to be gluten free!)
  • 1/4 cup (25g) ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder

for the glaze

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brewed espresso, slightly cooled


Make the financiers

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. If you are using reliably non-stick muffin tins you may not need to but otherwise generously butter a 12-cavity mini muffin tin.
  2. Melt the butter (either in a small pot on the stovetop over medium heat or in the microwave for about 1 minute). Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks with electric beaters (approx. 2 minutes on high).
  4. Whisk the sugar, flour, ground almonds and coffee powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and use a rubber spatula to gently fold until the dry ingredients are just combined.
  5. Add the cooled, melted butter to the batter and use a rubber spatula to gently mix until the butter is completely incorporated.
  6. Divide the batter between the muffin tins. You can do this with a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop (or a heaping 1 tablespoon scoop) or a small teaspoon. You’ll want to fill each mold so it’s nearly full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the centre is slightly puffed and the edges are golden and slightly crispy and coming away from the pan. There may be cracks in the tops.
  8. Remove from the muffin pans immediately and allow to cool on wire cooling racks.
  9. Loosen the financiers slightly once they have cooled for about 5 minutes.

Make the glaze and, well, glaze the financiers!

  1. When the financiers are at room temperature, mix the icing sugar and espresso together in a small bowl, stirring gently until the mixture is thick and shiny and slightly liquidy.
  2. Dip the tops of the financiers in the glaze, holding them over the bowl to allow for excess glaze to drip off.
  3. Allow glaze to set before serving.

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These have a delicate coffee flavour that you can amp up by adding the coffee glaze on top. But they are just as nice with a dusting of icing sugar as well!

Simple to make with caffeine to boot? This is the PERFECT recipe to power you through the holidays!

Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings and in the meantime…

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Check out the rest of 2022’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Chocolate Peppermint Creme Cups

Day 2: Chocolate-Dipped Wafer Cookies

Day 3: Gingerbread madeleines

Day 4: Funfetti Cookies

Day 5: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Day 6: Coffee Financiers

Day 7: No-Bake Strawbery Cheesecake Cups

Day 8: Holiday Joys

Day 9: Holiday Spice Marmalade

Day 10: Soft Molasses Cookies

Day 11: Coconut Roughs

Day 12: Holiday Lights Jam Sandwich Cookies

Check out 2021’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Speculoos financiers

Day 2: Chocolate Dipped Orange Sugar Cookies

Day 3: Madeleines à la Clémentine

Day 4: Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

Day 5: Sunbutter and Jam Chocolate Cups

Day 6: Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

Day 7: Linzer Cookies

Day 8: Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

Day 9: Choc-Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Day 10: Pailles (Puff Pastry and Jam Cookies)

Day 11: Strawberry Santa Hats

Day 12: Mulled Wine Jam

Check out 2020’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Check out 2019’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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