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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

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Espresso Cookies!!!

Dark chocolate cookies infused with espresso powder.  Once you’ve had one you will be craving a plateful!!!  They are really easy to make, and since they are a cut-out cookie they can be made in any shape you want.  Aren’t the plain round ones so fun though???

Espresso Cookies!!!

Here’s how to make them:  (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 36 medium cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons instant Espresso Powder
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in eggs and then cocoa.
  • Place vanilla and Espresso Powder together in a small cup until coffee dissolves.  Add this mixture to the batter and mix until completely incorporated.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
  • Allow cookie dough to soften a little at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface.  Cool completely before removing cookies from paper.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies!

You can serve these cookies plain, or with a little cocoa powder sprinkled on top, or you can ice them.

I iced these with royal icing that I added a little espresso powder to.

For my royal icing recipe and techniques, click here.

To get the tiny heart shape at the center I used a little melted chocolate.  While the icing is still liquid, pipe a little circle just a bit above the center of the cookie.  Use a tooth pick to pull down through the icing and the chocolate, making a heart.  Allow the icing and chocolate to harden completely.  Enjoy!!

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

My thoughts:  These are SO GOOD!!!!  I’m on a diet….and I wanted to eat them all….but I didn’t.  I gave them away.  sigh.  

These are simple to make and probably the easiest cut-out cookie dough I’ve ever worked with.  Not sticky or fussy at all!  I adore anything with coffee in it, so I would add even more espresso powder next time.  Make them to your taste by adjusting the amount you add.  Paired with a cup of coffee, they are  just…..perfect!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

Espresso Cookies!!!

A few other desserts that would go well with your coffee:

Brownie Oreo Cookie CupCinnamon Roll Cheesecake!!Chocolate molten lava cupcakesGerman Chocolate Pie!


About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing!

35 responses »

  1. Everything you do is perfection, I really enjoy each post. Your recipes and photo’s are just so good. I love these cookies and I would do the espresso royal icing. Love the little chocolate heart in the middle, the cookies are just beautiful.

  2. These cookies look perfect! I absolutely love anything coffee flavored, I need to try this recipe!

  3. Happily Ever After Cakes

    Royal icing! So proud of you!

    • Why thank you dear Megan….piping royal icing in a simple circle is much easier than all the other crazy shapes I’ve tried. I might actually like it in just a circle. It really tasted yummy anyway!! {hug!}

  4. Your cookies look so perfect and delicious! Mocha cookies with coffee are a perfect match!

  5. Love these Ruthanne! Very pretty cookie! Sometimes it’s the simply decorated cookie that shines! And of course you cannot go wrong with chocolate and coffee!

  6. These look delicious! I absolutely adore the heart-shaped icing. Thank you for posting!

  7. These look fantastic, and I can never resist the mix of chocolate and espresso. Wishing I could grab a couple of these cookies for breakfast this morning!

  8. How pretty! The pictures are great!

  9. I was curious as to the texture of the cookies. Are they soft and chewy like a brownie? Or hard like a ginger bread man?

    • They are not crunchy, but a dense chewy cookie that holds its shape really well when cut into shapes. It is honestly one of my very favorite cookie recipes. I love these SO much.

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  11. I made a half batch of these cookies (with a few modifications), thanks for a great recipe!

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  13. These look absolutely delicious! I have a batch in the Oven right now. Was wondering if I could keep the remaining dough in the freezer? And how long would it last for?

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  15. Can I use regular espresso? Or does it have to be instant powder.? These look amazing by the way.

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