Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic chunky chocolate chip cookie recipe with a hint of caffeine, just to make sure you’re paying attention! Everybody loves this upgrade on America’s favorite cookie.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate from-the-pantry treat

I have an excuse for tempting you with these indulgent coffee chocolate chip cookies…I have a drawer-full of chocolate to use or lose before we move and, you know the saying, you can’t take it with you!

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This cookie recipe is based on a shortbread dough

This dough is a little softer than some of my other shortbread cookies, and the slices don’t hold their shape as sharply in the oven. They look a little more like classic chocolate chip cookies. But worry not, they still have that unmistakable melting texture of shortbread. The coffee flavor is subtle but definitely there. These get a gold star.

No two chocolate chip cookies are exactly alike. If you love yours soft and pillowy, try my Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies. If you love a heartier cookie try my Soft Batch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and if you love things uber simple, you need to make a batch of Chipless Chocolate Chip Cookies!

making the dough for coffee chocolate chip cookies

Oh, and by the way, the dough itselfย  tastes amazing, and has no eggs, so snack away.

a coffee chocolate chip cookie cooling on a rack

Tips for make coffee chocolate chip cookies

  • Be sure your butter is truly soft, the dough will come together better that way.
  • It helps to use a sharp knife to slice the chilled log, and you can dip it into very hot water between slices to make a cleaner cut.
  • If the dough crumbles, don’t worry, just form it back into shape right on the baking sheet, these don’t have to be perfect— the lumps and bumps are part of a chocolate chip cookie’s charm. The crumbling can be annoying, but you’ll forget all about it when you bite into a melt-in-your-mouth cookie with big molten chunks of dark chocolate.
  • You can dispense with the slicing altogether and just scoop out small mounds of the chilled dough onto the baking sheet. These will be smaller, so watch your baking time.

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These cookies are amazing eaten warm from the oven

I highly recommend eating one of two of these as soon as they emerge from your oven. I don’t care if it’s 10 minutes before dinner, or 8 in the morning. Just do it.

a stack of coffee chocolate chip cookies

You might notice I often alternate sweet recipes with healthy ones. I don’t plan it that way, but my natural cravings run towards fresh healthy foods after I’ve made something sweet. My philosophy, in a nutshell, is that life is short, whether or not you eat butter. And it’s a whole lot more fun if you indulge now and again.

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Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic chunky chocolate chip cookie with a hint of caffeine, just to make sure you're paying attention!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Yield 18 cookies
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp instant espresso dissolved in 1 tsp tap water, this imparts a subtle coffee flavor, use 2 tsp powder for a stronger coffee taste
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 rounded cup dark chocolate chips


  • Set oven to 325F
  • In a stand mixer or processor fitted with the dough blade, put the flour, sugar, and well softened butter. Add the vanilla to the espresso and pour in as well. Pulse until the dough starts to come together, scraping down the sides if necessary.
  • Process until the dough comes completely together, then finish with a wooden spoon or spatula, folding in the chips well.
  • Turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and form into a log shape about 10 or 12 inches long. Roll the log in the paper, smoothing the shape as you go, and twist the ends to secure.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.
  • Slice the dough into 3/8 inch rounds and bake on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet for about 12 minutes or until set. If the dough crumbles, just reform the slice on the baking sheet, it won't affect the cookie at all.
  • Let the cookies remain on the baking sheet for a few minutes before carefully removing them to a rack. These cookies will be delicate, especially when warm.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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    July 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty

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    March 17, 2015 at 6:07 am

    For those who keep kosher for Passover – this flourless recipe is perfect. In case you are wondering, there is kosher for Passover baking soda.

    • Reply
      March 17, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Sorry – meant to post on the flourless almond butter chocolate chop recipe

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        April 8, 2020 at 4:19 pm

        Thanks Louise!

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    February 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I was wary when it had no eggs or leavening – but they were delicious! Will definitely make them away. Could not really taste the coffee – just knew there was some flavor back there – next time I will use the suggested added coffee

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      February 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them, Louise, it’s always hard to strike a balance with flavors, everyone perceives them differently. I am a coffee lover, so for me, the more coffee flavor the better!

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    November 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    You don’t need to justify your cookie ingredients….it’s your blog and you’re sharing. Readers can try the recipe or not. But, I bet the person who complains about too much butter would probably like this recipe :Chicken Pot Pie…chicken from a store rotisserie chicken, a bag of frozen mixed veggies, a can of cream of chicken soup, canned biscuits….bake at 350 degrees for a half hour! No butter here! lol
    You have a great blog with outstanding photography of great food…

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    November 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    These cookies look just amazing! I only have one word to describe how I’m sure they taste YYUUUMMM!!!!

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    July 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I’ve been a bit MIA, and am just now catching up on blogs. First, LOVE the new blog design. Secondly– why do people feel a need to judge the calorie content of your recipes? Really? I don’t eat cookies and heavy cream every single day. You don’t owe anyone an apology or excuse. The joy of being a food blogger is making what strikes your fancy! I give most of my baked goods away, but I do taste everything I make. How you come up with daily recipes still boggles my mind. Your recipes are so diverse. Keep being YOU, and don’t worry about the rare naysayers. So there! I want these cookies, and I’ll eat them without any apologies to anyone.

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      July 27, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks, Debby. It is a hard line to tread, isn’t it? I enjoy sharing all kinds of foods, most of it healthy, some of it a little less so. but I think it’s the variety that keeps it interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Gwendolyn Androsko
    May 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    How do you think this would work with half whole wheat flour?

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    May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Oh for heavens sakes…now why did you do that? I am so longing for these cookies and have avoided all cookies for weeks…weeks!! Guess since I have the ingredients, I just need to do this. And I might add, when moving you can take all chocolate with you because that is just the way it is!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    April 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    a little bit of espresso takes chocolate a long way–these cookies look and sound magnificent!

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    April 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I agree…I would love to indulge in one of these beautiful looking cookies right bout now. I can’t imagine life without butter!

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    April 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I say everything in moderation. One cookie will never fatten anyone. I prefer home-baked and home-cooked meals as you can control the ingredients.

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    April 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Chocolate and espresso, sold!

    I’m completely with you on eating whole “real” foods, but leaving space for indulgence every so often. Whats life without a carefree treat now and then?

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    you just combined the best of both worlds. Coffee and cookies! You are my hero!

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    April 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    What more can I say except yum! They look awesome.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    April 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Love the buttery richness of shortbread and chocolate together.

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    Lyndsay Wells
    April 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I was looking for a wonderful recipe to do this evening for my cooking channel CHARMED. I am featuring recipes for foods that can be packaged as gifts. Would these package well? And would you mind if I featured the recipe, linking back to you, of course.

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    April 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I too am a huge fan of Michael Pollan, and I love his advice to eat real food and to eat it in moderation. The quality of the food matters to me so much more than the caloric information. These cookies sound fantastic. They look similar to normal chocolate chip cookies from your pictures, so I was surprised to find they didn’t have eggs. Yum! Though I do snack on the dough either way!

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    April 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I’m with you. Everything in moderation. Balance. Etc etc. Michael Pollan knows what he says ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yum on these cookies, they look fantastic!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    April 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Oh these look just SOOOO delicious!
    Mary x I’m afraid I would never be able to stop at one – or two —

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    April 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I love the idea of a slice and bake version of chocolate chip cookies! They look perfect…just the right shade of buttery pale. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    April 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    These are just stunning. I’ve noted that a bit of espresso powder heightens all of my chocolate baked goods. I’ve also noted that when I post a dessert – I get more comments! And I am not a huge dessert eater! I think you are right and balance is the key.

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Not that I need a prod to eat cookie dough… but, with your nudge I now feel JUSTIFIED to mix it into my ice cream!

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    What a delicious cookie recipe! I am going to try it! I don’t have any special recipe for chocolate chip cookies and this one sounds perfect!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    April 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    A great way to use up that chocolate from Easter!

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    April 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Too bad you have to use that chocolate up so quickly before the move but good for us readers who are enjoying your baking and photos!

    As for the food/fat/etc philosophy…we all must make our own choices when it comes to food choices. I love the baking blogs but cannot eat or make anywhere near the number of yummy recipes I see posted. Moderation is the key.
    Keep on bakin’ !!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    April 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Just when I think I’ll have a break from baking, you come up with a fabulous recipe. I’ll be baking these next week I’m sure! Thanks Jude x

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    My Little Bungalow
    April 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I have only one word: YUM!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love adding just a pinch of espresso powder or a splash of brewed coffee to brownie batter or choc cake. Really brings out the flavor.

    These look great!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    April 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    You know I would be snacking on the dough! These are truly beautiful. Chocolate and espresso powder are perfect together. Another great recipe!

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    April 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    We share the same food philosophy. If only I had your ability to ignore the stashed sweets in the freezer. I have to get things out of the house as quickly as possible, because my sweet tooth still rages most days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    April 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I agree whole heartedly with you!
    Oh and this recipe looks like a real keeper. Perfect for serving when friends come for coffee.

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    April 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, I love this idea of just adding a wee bit of espresso powder to a chocolate chip cookie recipe…so yummy!

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