Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies have delicious coffee notes that complement the dark chocolate chunks. These cookies are chewy, soft and deliciously rich, topped with flaky sea salt. They’re a departure from the traditional cc cookies (similar to these Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies).

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies with Salt

What Are Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Say no to instant espresso. For the record I think instant espresso is really delicious in, like, a chocolate cake. You don’t taste it, it’s just there to accentuate the chocolate flavor. But in this cookie, it was a really overpowering flavor and it wasn’t a good one.

Instant espresso powder doesn’t yield a delicious cup of espresso. I don’t think any of us are surprised by that.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies Pre-Bake

Use Good Quality of Espresso and/or Coffee

Ok, so REALLY good espresso is expensive. It can sometimes be, like, $15 a bag. I tested this with Allegro coffee brand of espresso and I didn’t even buy an entire bag. I bought a half bag, which made it around $5. WIN! If you buy fancy espresso grounds, use those! But I figured it’d be kinda silly to spend a lot of money on awesome espresso to only use it for this recipe.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate.

The butter is melted and then the espresso grounds are steeped in it, creating a buttery espresso mixture. I then just ran it through a fine mesh strainer. You may be tempted to run it through a coffee filter but this will NOT work. Butter is too thick. We found out the hard way so don’t do it!

We also added a bit of espresso grounds to the dry ingredients so it looked more espresso-like.

The coffee/espresso flavor is not overpowering but it’s there and it works with the chocolate so well. It’s totally delicious. WE LOVE IT!! I hope you love these espresso/coffee chocolate chip cookies as much as I do!

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie with salt.

How to Make Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Melt butter. And then turn off the heat.
  2. Pour in the espresso and give it a mix until all of the granules are coated in the butter. Cover the saucepan and let it steep; this is really going to give us that deep espresso/coffee flavor.
  3. Pour the butter through a fine mesh strainer and press the coffee granules so it releases as much of the melted butter as possible. If it’s a particularly cold day, and the butter may have solidified, reheat the butter just until it’s melted.
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients. We have all-purpose flour, espresso grounds (just a teeny bit), baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Beat together the espresso butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  6. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix just until the speckles of flour have disappeared.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
  8. Chill the dough in the fridge. Why do we chill dough in the fridge, you ask? Well, we do it because if we bake it right away, they’ll bake flatter. If the dough is SUPER cold, they may not spread.
  9. Scoop out cookie dough balls. I like to scoop everything all at once, put them on a baking sheet and bake them from there. It means that I can clean up while I’m baking the cookies.
  10. Bake the cookie dough. I like to bake about 8 at a time. And then continue baking the batches of cookies until you’ve worked your way through the cookie dough.
  11. Sprinkle the tops with flaky sea salt. And serve.
  12. If you want to freeze them and bake them up later, I have a whole post on that giving detailed instructions. 
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate.

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies (but you can save some for later)
These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies have delicious coffee notes that complement the dark chocolate chunks, topped with flaky sea salt.

Equipment

  • 1 stainless steel bowl
  • 1 silicon spatula

Ingredients 

Espresso Butter Mixture:

  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup espresso grounds

Dry Mix:

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon espresso grounds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Wet Mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chunks or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Large flakes of salt, such as Maldon or Jacobson

Instructions 

To Make the Espresso Butter Mixture:

  • To a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the butter. When the butter has melted, turn off the heat. Stir in the espresso and mix until it’s covered in the butter. Cover the saucepan and allow to steep for 20 minutes. When it’s done, pour it through a fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl OR the bowl of a stand-up mixer.
  • Discard the used up espresso grounds. Set aside.

To Make the Dry Mix:

  • To a medium bowl, whisk the flour, espresso grounds, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.

To Make the Wet Mix:

  • Grab the large bowl OR the bowl of a stand-up mixer (using the paddle attachment) with the melted/espresso butter in it. To that bowl, add the brown sugar and white sugar. Beat together until nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat once more.
  • In one batch, add the flour. You will probably have to lift up the head part of your mixer to be able to add it all at once. Cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel and turn it on low speed. Mix until the flour is mostly combined and then increase speed until you no longer see any flecks of flour. Pour in the chocolate chunks and mix one last time. Transfer the dough to the fridge to chill for an hour or up to 2 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough. If it’s super chilled, you may need to push some dough into the scoop so it’s nice and compact and then release the lever. I like to add all the balls of cookie dough to a sheet of parchment versus scooping dough, as I bake.
  • Transfer 6 to 7 balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them a part because these do spread. Place in the oven and bake for about 7 to 8 minutes. If the dough is super cold, it may need up to 10 minutes to bake. They should be light to medium golden brown. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt upon exiting the oven. Repeat until you’ve baked all the cookies.
  • To freeze, add the cookie dough balls to a baking sheet and stick in the freezer until very cold, about 20 minutes and then transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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84 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These cookies work well. I am making them for a second time in about a year after finding this recipe. To be honest, I skip “steeping the espresso grounds” in the butter.
    I add the espresso ground straight into the batter itself. I prefer this. I use 70% Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar roughly chopped, and add 1/2 cup of finely crushed pecans into the batter. I only use 3 cups AP flour. I use salted butter.
    I actually skip scooping the cookie dough into balls THAN refrigerate. I refrigerate the whole bowl of dough for 1 hour.
    I turn on the oven once I have pulled the chilled dough out of the fridge. One big change I do is this:
    I use a 1/4 cup to scoop out my cookie dough balls.
    This creates larger cookies without adding additional time in the oven.

    Try it for a larger finished cookie to eat.

  2. My cookies turned out hella weird. They spread really badly even after cooling, and they were super super greasy. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I followed the recipe exactly.

  3. 5 stars
    These came out so great and your instruction are absolutely perfect! I have never had cookies come out this good lol everyone in my family loved them, thanks!

      1. I have no idea what went wrong
        Mine didn’t turn out at all
        The dough was crumbly
        They didn’t spread when I baked them
        Will try again tomorrow

  4. My cookies didn’t cook correctly and they’re falling apart and still doughy after 15 mins in the oven, what did I do wrong? ):

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out so yummy. I only have a small cookie scoop so I ended up with 53 instead of 36. The neighbors are going to love me! Will definitely be returning to this recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Typically I change something in a recipe but these were easy and came out perfect. I did not like the dough at first…it seemed a little crumbly and espresso flavor a little strong. Was not a fan of the raw flavor. Baked up rich and chocolate (not espresso) was the primary flavor. Don’t change a thing!

  7. 5 stars
    Gave this recipe a go and it did not disappoint! I’ll definitely be making these again and sharing this recipe! I had to switch the white sugar for more brown and forgot the salt but they still turned out wonderfully! Thanks for creating and sharing this wonderful treat!

  8. 5 stars
    My dough was a bit crumbly when I finished mixing the dry ingredients in so I added a third egg to bring it together and it was perfect! (Maybe my eggs were on the small side?) These cookies are incredible!! Great recipe! I think it’s a winner for sure. Perfect amount of espresso flavor without being overpowering. Just yum!

  9. 5 stars
    I’m very excited to give these sweet treats a try. I ❤️ The idea of steeping the ground espresso is the butter. I ❤️ Toasted Coffee, what are your thoughts to give this cookie a toasted flavor? Would you add coconut extract? Or toast some coconut? Or maybe both?
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. the toasted coffee would be great! i think coconut could be good too. i think some shredded coconut could be tasty.