Chocolate Espresso Cookies

I must preface this post by saying that I am not a coffee fan. I have repeatedly thought through the years that I could develop a taste for it as I get older. Not so much.

Quinn, on the other hand, has become a believer over the last few years. So, these cookies are all about him. Other than a bite of cookie dough (to check consistency, of course!), I did not partake.

Chocolate and coffee are a perfect pair in these Chocolate Espresso Cookies. - Bake or Break

I will have to give you a second-hand review of these cookies. The words I got from Quinn (as well as a some of my co-workers) included delicious, fabulous, and similar accolades. Someone even claimed that these are their new favorite cookie. Quinn thinks that people will fall neatly into the love ’em or hate ’em bins based on their coffee preference. He also tried again to sell me on the sublimeness of the coffee/chocolate combination. I’ll leave that to him. Quinn liked the small size of these cookies (although I suspect his use of their wee stature as justification to eat more may have been a major factor).

Looks like all you coffee and chocolate lovers out there might want to give this one a try.

Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 36 cookies

Chocolate Espresso Cookies


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • confectioner’s sugar, for garnishing


Place chopped chocolate and butter in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool slightly.

Beat brown sugar and chocolate on high speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Set aside.

in a separate bowl, combine flour, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and gradually add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. Beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate about 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place two inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 9-10 minutes, or until browned around the edges. Cool cookies on wire racks. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


Recipe adapted from Taste of the South.

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  1. jose manuel August 31, 2010 Reply

    Se ven muy tentadoras. Que ricas galletas. SAludos

  2. The Blue-Eyed Bakers August 31, 2010 Reply

    Well we love coffee (LOVE) and adore chocolate so these look like they’d be just about perfection for us!

  3. Sandra August 31, 2010 Reply

    I’m not a huge coffee fan either. Have heard a cazillion times that coffee enhances chocolate. Maybe so maybe not. However your cookies look inviting so I might give the ol coffee/chocolate combination another try.

  4. Alexandra August 31, 2010 Reply

    As a coffee addict, I must try these! They sound to die for!
    I also shared a variation of your cream cheese and oat bars last week (pecans in place of the cashews)….delicious, thanks!

  5. Joanne August 31, 2010 Reply

    Seeing as how I’ve been a coffee addict since I was fourteen, I’m going to have to give these a go!

  6. abbey August 31, 2010 Reply

    looks so delicious! i love both coffe and chocolate.. definitely one of the best combinations in the world :)

  7. Meredith August 31, 2010 Reply

    Oh my gosh, these look delicious! And so beautiful!
    I’ve recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think :)
    Thanks, and Happy Cooking!!!

  8. Juanita September 1, 2010 Reply

    How pretty! Can’t wait to try these when I’m craving that magic coffee-chocolate combo again.

    Have you ever tried Lindt’s Coffee Intense chocolate? It just might start to sway your conversion :-)

  9. shannon abdollmohammadi September 1, 2010 Reply

    Wow, what a flavor combo….have printed this to add to my recipe collection. Thanks.

  10. Jill September 1, 2010 Reply

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! I have a baking blog too and would love some of your feedback on my recipes. Keep up the great blogging!

    “Stay Calm, Have a Cupcake” –

  11. Marta September 1, 2010 Reply

    Wuauuuuuuuuuuuuu, look great :)

  12. Brittany September 1, 2010 Reply

    Even though you don’t like coffee, I’m sure these were fabulous. They look delicious and the texture looks perfectly cooked.

    Lovely blog! I’m off to explore your older posts :)

  13. Eliana September 2, 2010 Reply

    I’m right there with you on the coffee. Just cannot get into it. But my husband loves nothing more than coffee so I will have to make these for him very soon.

  14. I love coffee, so I’m sure I’m going to love these!!

  15. CaSaundra September 4, 2010 Reply

    Oo these would definitely wake me up! :-)

  16. Cookii September 6, 2010 Reply

    Yum! These look so good 😀

  17. Michelle September 6, 2010 Reply

    I can’t wait to make these! My husband isn’t a coffee fan so these will be all for me. Well, and my co-workers, too, if I can bring myself to share some at work. (I really don’t need to eat all of them myself, though I know I would be tempted to do so…

  18. Gaia - the Cook September 10, 2010 Reply

    These cookies make me hungry!

  19. LunaCafe September 11, 2010 Reply

    I adore chocolate and coffee together. These look delicious. …Susan

  20. Rita Reyes September 14, 2010 Reply

    Congratulations on making one of the top food blogs!

    Gluten Free

  21. Scott at Real Epicurean September 17, 2010 Reply

    They look and sound fantastic…one to be tried, I think!

  22. Scarlett September 21, 2010 Reply

    Great blog and I love the look of the cookies-yum!!

  23. Florentina September 22, 2010 Reply

    Chocolate and Espresso, can you see Paradise ?!!!

  24. ardna September 25, 2010 Reply

    i’m not a fan of coffee either, i prefer tea, but my mom LOVE coffee! and we both love chocolate, so I think i’m gonna make these for her soon! ps: love ur blog!

  25. Brenda Dunn September 28, 2010 Reply

    I want to try these soon. I am having trouble finding espresso powder. I don’t really want to order it. I live in Southern Indiana. Any suggestions would help.

  26. the blissful baker September 28, 2010 Reply

    yumm i want some of these right now!

  27. Whatever DeeDee Wantsw September 30, 2010 Reply

    Oh my. These look so good!

  28. Ester October 6, 2010 Reply

    Oh I love coffee and they looked really good! yum!

  29. Rachel October 8, 2010 Reply

    I made these one day as something to do and i have to say that these are absolutely to die for!

  30. Sam Rice October 19, 2010 Reply

    This is definitely one of the most tempting cookie recipes I’ve seen today so far. I am browsing for cookie recipes today and I really love how this one goes. Espresso! LOL. I am a coffee enthusiast so I will definitely enjoy this one!

  31. Tina November 27, 2010 Reply

    Chocolate-espresso, what more can you ask for? Thanks for this lovely share=)

  32. Stephanie December 2, 2010 Reply

    I am not sure what took me so long to discover your lovely blog; I must’ve been hiding under a rock. I, too, am not generally a coffee fan. I think I’ve forced myself to drink coffee at different times in my life just to see if my tastes had changed. I will say that there’s a little cafe is Santa Monica, CA called Caffe Luxxe and they make an espresso infused with candied orange and served with a teensy bit of half & half — that’s my kind of coffee.

    Anyway, I’ll still be making these despite my coffee indifference, since everyone in my family loves the coffee/chocolate combination. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  33. Izzy February 12, 2011 Reply

    I’ve made them three times and have yet to be disappointed.

  34. Tenaya March 1, 2011 Reply

    These cookies are wonderful! Not too sweet and a nice mocha flavor. I just happened across your blog today and had to try these. Your blog is great – just added it to my favorites!

  35. Foodtopii June 29, 2011 Reply

    Chocolate + espresso = winning combo. Love the touch of sugar on top. This would be perfect with some cacao nibs!

  36. Carla November 28, 2011 Reply

    Can you substitute actual espresso instead of powder, and if so, how much should the liquid quantity be? Thanks! Great looking recipe!

    • jennifer November 28, 2011 Reply

      Carla, you can usually substitute brewed espresso if you remove some of the liquid from the recipe. However, there really isn’t much liquid in this recipe. If you can’t find espresso powder, you can use about 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee powder.

  37. leslie March 13, 2012 Reply

    I hate to dissent, but I made these today and found them too bitter. And I LOVE coffee. The texture was also odd. Is the recipe right — only 1/2 stick butter vs 1 stick? Anyway, the recipe goes in the trash and maybe the cookies, too.

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