Deep Chocolate Kahlua Bites

Deep Chocolate Kahlua Bites ~ The word cookie hardly does these little bits of heaven justice.  They’re little mounds of melt in your mouth chocolate shortbread topped with a deep chocolate Kahlua buttercream, and they’re a snap to make, which just adds to their charm.

These Deep Chocolate Kahlua Bites are based on one of my all time favorite holiday cookies ever, Melting Moments.  I think it’s pretty obvious that sometimes the simplest things are the most irresistible.  The thing about these cookies is that they literally do melt in your mouth.  The consistency is quite unique, really unlike any other cookie.  It has something to do with the butter and the cornstarch. But the little blob of fudge frosting on the top doesn’t hurt, either.

Serve these decidedly adult cookies with after dinner coffee for a special treat.

If you prefer vanilla, see the original, they’re fabulous too.

This is a good recipe if you’re busy because you can easily mix up the dough in the morning before work, and bake off the cookies in the evening.  The cookies are small and they don’t spread, so you can fit the whole batch on two trays.  The frosting comes together with a few swipes of a spoon in a measuring cup.  You can also freeze the unbaked balls of dough; freeze them first on a tray, then transfer them to a zip lock bag.

Get ready to transform a little bit of butter, sugar, flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and Kahlua into something you, your family, and friends will never forget.  Don’t like Kahlua?  Substitute vanilla, or any other liquor or liqueur you like.  Set these out on a little tray after dinner, sit back, and watch what happens. But be sure to grab a couple for yourself, first.

Chocolate Kahlua Bites
makes about 40 small cookies
oven to 350  
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup flour

  • Mix the dough together until thoroughly combined.  Cover tightly and refrigerate for one hour, or longer if desired.
  • Form small heaps with the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.  I used a 1″ scoop.  Bake for about 13 minutes.  Cool slightly on the pan, and then on a rack.  Be careful, these cookies are delicate.

3 Tbsp soft unsalted butter
3/4 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Kahlua
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk or cream to thin
confectioner’s sugar for dusting

  • Mix the soft butter with the cocoa powder and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well, until smooth and creamy.  Top each cooled cookie with a generous blob of frosting, and dust with powdered sugar.



  • Reply
    Nancy Long
    September 12, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Might try these with Run Chata or Bailey’s too

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    February 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The frosting totally transforms these rich chocolate little bites into something “heavenly”.

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    December 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Help! I have the dry ingredients mixed with the butter but there’s no Kahlua amount listed (if that’s the only other ingredient) and I’m making these for a party tomorrow.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      December 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

      The Kahlua in these bites is in the frosting. The cookies are shortbread cookies, and the cup of soft butter binds together with the dry ingredients to make a soft dough. Make sure your butter is soft when you make the dough, and then refrigerate to firm it up before you bake them.

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    November 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Sue, These look totally sinful! Chocolate and kahlua…incredible!

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    shannon weber
    November 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    …and i’m instantly in love with both the virtual cookie box and these cookies. what a great idea!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    November 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    What a easy recipe. Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cookie. One more batch of cookies in the cookie box!!!

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    November 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    cookies that are that small are dangerous–way too easy to eat! this one’s a keeper for sure!

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    Military Challenge Coins
    November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    You shared delicious post thanks…..

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    Helen Sturgeon
    November 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Check out the Chocolate Comfort Cookies on my blog… Yuuummmmy, too! You will fall in love! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I love your virtual cookie box …this is SO CLEVER, Sue!

    And these Kahlua cookies, oh my, they look amazing! At first I thought there were a no-bake bon-bon of sorts with refrigerated chocolate/kahlua that you scooped out until I realized they’re a baked and frosted cookie, all domed up and beautiful!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    November 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Want ’em. Need ’em. Love ’em! And YES on the kahlua…mmmmmm….

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    November 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Oh my, these sound so delicious! Love the shot of the dough, they look like truffles. Mmm :D

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    November 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    always dangerous to come here when I’m so hungry. your photos are amazing, as always!!

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