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Coffee Cookies

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Coffee Cookies is a quick and easy cookie recipe that is sure to be a favorite for coffee lovers because it is packed with instant espresso and chocolate. Sweet, chewy, and delicious!

coffee cookies on a white plate next to a napkin

I love coffee. I believe it is because I was allowed to drink coffee at an early age. I’m talking about early like before I could walk type of age. My mom loves to tell the story about how my grandmother would dip a piece of biscuit into coffee and I would beg for more. That was probably before the whole coffee stunts your growth saying was well known.

I also grew up watching my dad drink copious amounts of coffee each day and now that I am older, I still do not quite understand his love for instant coffee. But, to say that I got my love for coffee honest would indeed be a fact. With that being said anytime I see an opportunity for me to add coffee into a recipe, then I certainly will do it.

Today I will share with you my recipe for coffee cookies. That is right…coffee and cookies together. This recipe is so quick and easy with few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. This recipe also makes use of instant espresso coffee (Hi Dad!) that you mix with warm water while making the recipe.

I love the combination of coffee and chocolate because the coffee seems to intensify the flavor of the chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, I only added in ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, because I wanted more of a plain cookie, but you could add in more chocolate and even some chopped nuts as well. I will warn you that when baking these cookies your house will smell so good and I know that is what usually happens when you make homemade cookies anyway, but these cookies will fill your home with the scent of freshly brewed sweet coffee.

I am not even kidding…these coffee cookies smell amazing!

What ingredients for this coffee cookie recipe?

ingredients for coffee cookies in small bowls

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Baking soda
  3. Salt
  4. Instant espresso coffee
  5. Granulated sugar
  6. Butter
  7. Egg
  8. Vanilla extract
  9. Chocolate chips

How to make cookies with coffee:

Begin this recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and set aside.

mixing bowl with flour, salt, baking soda, and a spoon

In a small bowl, stir together the instant espresso powder and the warm water until the instant espresso has completely dissolved.

instant coffee in a small bowl

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer on low speed, mix together the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Mix in the coffee mixture followed by the flour mixture until combined.

mixture for coffee cookies in a mixing bowl

Turn the mixture off and gently fold in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and spoon the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, in 1 heaping tablespoon of cookie dough, spaced at least an inch apart.

unbaked cookie dough on parchment lined baking sheet

Place into the oven and allow the cookies to bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are set and the cookies are soft and puffy. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. Serve the cookies warm or once they have cooled completely.

freshly baked coffee cookies on a white plate

Tips to make the best coffee cookie:

  • Use semisweet chocolate chips or some of a chopped chocolate bar. If you use the chopped chocolate it will melt and make the cookie chewy and fudgy.
  • Be careful not to overbake these cookies. They will be soft once removed from the oven, but they will become chewy as they cool.
  • The cookie dough will be soft and that is completely normal. If you find the dough is too soft to scoop, simply place in the refrigerator for a few minutes before scooping to bake.
  • These cookies can also be frozen and baked later.
close up side view baked coffee cookies on white plate

Coffee Cookies

Coffee Cookies is a quick and easy cookie recipe that is sure to be a favorite for coffee lovers because it is packed with instant espresso and chocolate. Sweet, chewy, and delicious!
5 from 13 votes
Print Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso coffee or powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Instructions

  • Begin this recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the instant espresso powder and warm water until the instant espresso has completely dissolved.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer on low speed, mix together the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add in the coffee mixture and the flour mixture and mix to combine, careful not to over mix.
  • Turn the mixture off and gently fold in the chocolate and spoon the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, in 1 heaping tablespoon of cookie dough, spaced at least an inch apart.
  • Place into the oven and allow the cookies to bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are set and the cookies are soft and puffy.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. Serve the cookies warm or once they have cooled completely.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Notes

Tips to make the best coffee cookie:
  • Use semisweet chocolate chips or some of a chopped chocolate bar. If you use the chopped chocolate it will melt and make the cookie chewy and fudgy.
  • Be careful not to overbake these cookies. They will be soft once removed from the oven, but they will become chewy as they cool.
  • The cookie dough will be soft and that is completely normal. If you find the dough is too soft to scoop, simply place in the refrigerator for a few minutes before scooping to bake. 
  • These cookies can also be frozen and baked later. 

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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overhead view single coffee cookie

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Tamara
    April 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    That’s funny – I have ALWAYS loved coffee. My mom has allowed me sips for years. Although more than a few sips gives me terrible jitters or a stomachache, so I generally do decaf. I still think it’s worth it, though, if there’s no decaf. BEST.
    And it wouldn’t hurt me in cookies!

    • Reply
      admin
      April 3, 2017 at 5:24 PM

      Glad to know I am not the only one that was taking sips of coffee at an early age. And it certainly will not hurt if its in a cookie 🙂

  • Reply
    Ben
    April 21, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    5 stars
    Well, this seems like pure genius. I love cookies with coffee, and now that is what I can literally have.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 21, 2020 at 1:01 PM

      Thank you! That is exactly what I was going for with this combination.

  • Reply
    Jenny Graves
    April 21, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    5 stars
    Absolutely lovely cookies. I love coffee anything and these are divine!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 22, 2020 at 10:38 AM

      Thank you Jenny! I love coffee in anything too.

  • Reply
    Sophia
    April 21, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    5 stars
    Yum, coffee and chocolate are such complimentary flavors, and in cookie form it’s just the best! I could eat the dough by the spoonful!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 22, 2020 at 10:38 AM

      Thank you Sophia! They are so hard to resist.

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    April 21, 2020 at 8:15 PM

    5 stars
    I love coffee in anything. I even keep the powdered coffee on hand to use in a marinade for pork chops. I now have more uses for my dried coffee! Thanks for the great tips!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 22, 2020 at 10:39 AM

      Thank you! I will have to try using it as a marinade for pork chops, that sounds amazing.

  • Reply
    Jacqui DeBono
    April 22, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    5 stars
    I am not a coffee drinker, but I love coffee flavoured things! I would really enjoy these with a cup of tea!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:11 PM

      Thank you Jacqui! I believe these would go well with a cup of tea.

  • Reply
    Kimberly Verrochi
    April 22, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    5 stars
    COFFEE! These look scrumptuous and I’m in the middle of making my next grocery list for instacart .. just in time! I have expresso chips (like chocolate chips ) already that i’ve been wanting to try. I’m going to try a batch with those too. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Coffee with Coffee cookies, what more could I ask for.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:12 PM

      Thank you Kimberly! I hope you love them just as much as I do and using espresso chips sounds perfect.

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    April 23, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    5 stars
    These are the best cookies!! They are easy to make and they combine my two favorite things – coffee and chcolate!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:12 PM

      Thank you so much Pam!

  • Reply
    Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    April 24, 2020 at 4:56 AM

    5 stars
    These Coffee Cookies look soooo insanely, incredibly good. Sooo yummy! I want this right now.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:13 PM

      Thank you Maggie, they are so yummy!

  • Reply
    Anna
    April 24, 2020 at 8:04 AM

    5 stars
    Anything with coffee flavour and I’m sold! Adding this recipe to my list of things I’m baking over this weekend, I just know I’m going to love these scrumptious cookies!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:13 PM

      Thank you Anna, hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    April 27, 2020 at 2:50 AM

    Yum, these cookies look so good! I love coffee, so this is going to be the perfect cookie for me! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you Sam! I am a huge fan of coffee as well!

  • Reply
    Eden
    April 27, 2020 at 3:29 AM

    5 stars
    I grew up in south Florida, coffee is given to everyone from infancy lol so these cookies were perfect for us. The coffee flavor was on point!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:19 PM

      Thank you! So perfect since I’ve been drinking call my whole life lol.

  • Reply
    Debbie
    April 27, 2020 at 8:29 AM

    5 stars
    I grew up in a house that a pot of coffee was always made so I love coffee too. These cookies sound insanely good! I have expresso powder in my pantry so these cookies are getting baked today.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      April 27, 2020 at 1:20 PM

      Thank you Debbie! I hope you do give them a try.

  • Reply
    Vilma
    May 28, 2020 at 1:21 AM

    Lakita, I love coffee in everything and these cookies look delicious. However, I only like CRISPY cookies. Do you have any recommendations on how to make them CRISPY instead of chewy?

    • Reply
      LaKita
      June 2, 2020 at 10:32 PM

      Hi Vilma! Thank you. For a crispy cookie just add an additional 5 minutes onto the cooking time and that should work.

  • Reply
    Sam
    July 1, 2020 at 3:58 AM

    These are yummy! Unfortunately the coffee flavour seemed almost gone after baking. They are definitely more soft and cakey rather than chewy, but still taste good.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      July 1, 2020 at 9:01 AM

      Thank you for your feedback Sam! They are definitely a softer cookie and feel free to increase the amount of coffee if you decide to give them another try.

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