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Coffee Cookies (Best Recipe)

Pair your cup of joe with these crisp, chewy, and scrumptious coffee cookies for the ultimate coffee experience! 

Think of this pairing as the adult version of milk and cookies. It’s strong, stimulating, and simply delish.

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Coffee Cookies

These coffee cookies aren’t just for coffee addicts, though.

While their coffee flavor is definitely strong, there’s more to them than just that.

The flavor is divine, and texture-wise, they’re absolute perfection. 

They’re crisp and chewy around the edges. They’re so soft in the middle, that they almost melt in your mouth. 

They’re studded with chocolate chunks and pecans, two elements that complement each other beautifully.

The sticky coffee glaze is the perfect cherry on top. It adds an extra layer of sweetness and coffee goodness.

I bet you’re drooling already, so let’s dive right in!

Coffee Cookies Recipe

If you like mocha, you’ll love these coffee cookies.

This recipe combines chocolate and coffee to create the best flavor profile known to man!

The coffee flavor makes the cookies sweet, but not saccharine. Coffee and dark chocolate create the perfect balance.

These coffee cookies aren’t just irresistible, they’re easy to make, too. 

The dough doesn’t require chill time, which means you can bake them right away and wolf them down once they’re done!

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Coffee Cookies Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Instant Coffee/Espresso Powder – Any kind works, as long as it’s high-quality. You can even use decaf if you’re planning on serving them to kids.
  • Flour – The base of the cookie dough. I use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Sugar – I use equal parts white and light brown sugar for the best results. Brown sugar adds moisture to the cookies, but since it’s too sweet, you’ll want to balance things out with white sugar.
  • Butter – It has to be softened to room temperature before use. That’ll make it easier to incorporate it with the sugars.
  • Egg – Allow it to come to room temperature beforehand so it mixes easily with the other ingredients. 
  • Chocolate Chunks – I prefer semisweet because I don’t like my cookies to be overly sweet. But whatever kind of chocolate works here, dark, milk, white, you name it. 

Are coffee cookies high in caffeine?

The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso for an entire batch, which makes 15 cookies.

That’s less than a shot of espresso for all cookies combined.

So, no, these cookies aren’t high in caffeine. Even if you eat the entire batch, you’ll still only get less than a shot’s worth of coffee.

Freshly Baked Coffee Cookies

How to Make Coffee Cookies

Here’s the best thing about these coffee cookies: they’re incredibly easy to make and you won’t need to chill the dough before baking. 

That means you get to enjoy them right when they’re done. Yay!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the butter, sugars, and egg.

Beat them together at medium speed just until the mixture turns smooth and fluffy. This will take about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the dry ingredients.

Gently mix in the flour, coffee, baking soda, and salt. I like to sift the dry ingredients to ensure my batter doesn’t have any lumps.

At this point, it’s better to use a spatula to mix the ingredients instead of a hand mixer. This way, you don’t risk over-mixing the dough.

Stop mixing as soon as you no longer see streaks of flour. Expect a thick dough.

4. Drop and bake.

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Be sure the dough balls are at least 2 inches apart to make room for spreading.

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. The edges should have set, but they should still be wet in the middle.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 4 minutes, and then transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Or, if you can’t wait anymore, have one now!

5. Make the coffee drizzle.

While the cookies are cooling, make the drizzle by dissolving the instant coffee and powdered sugar in water.

The glaze should be thick and sticky. 

6. Garnish, serve, and enjoy.

Once the cookies have cooled, drizzle the cookies with the glaze. Serve them and enjoy!

Coffee Cookies with Chocolate and Mocha Drizzle on Top

Tips for the Best Coffee Cookies

  • Measure the flour properly. Using more flour than needed will yield dry cookies. The best way to get the most accurate measurement is to use a kitchen scale. 
  • If you don’t have a kitchen scale, the spoon and level method is pretty reliable, too. Transfer the flour into the measuring cup using a spoon and level it flat with the back of a knife. 
  • Don’t scoop the flour with the measuring cup! That’ll give you more flour than you need.
  • For a more pronounced coffee flavor, add another tablespoon of instant coffee or espresso.
  • Want the coffee flavor but not the caffeine? Easy, just use decaf!
  • Don’t over-mix the dough. This is another culprit for dry cookies. You’ll want to stop as soon as the wet and dry ingredients are well combined.
  • Don’t over-bake the cookies. The edges should look set, but the centers should still be a little wet. They’ll continue to cook as they cool.
Chocolate Center Filled Coffee Cookies

How to Store and Freeze Coffee Cookies

To Store

First, be sure the coffee drizzle has been completely set before storing.

This way, you can pile the cookies on top of each other without worrying about them sticking.

Place the cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 4-5 days.

To Freeze

For baked cookies: place them in freezer-safe bags and freeze them for up to 2 months. Let them thaw at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

For unbaked cookie dough: Form the dough into balls and place them on a lined baking sheet. Freeze them for 1-2 hours or until frozen solid.

Transfer the balls into freezer-safe bags and freeze them for up to 2 months. Bake them straight from the freezer, adding 1-2 minutes to the total bake time.

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Coffee Cookies (Best Recipe)

Servings

15

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

10

minutes
Calories

330

kcal

This recipe for coffee cookies is the best one you’ll find! Learn how to make this simple recipe, plus, get some tips for making the best cookies.

Ingredients

  • Cookies
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 butter or margarine softened

  • 1 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon 1 instant coffee granules or instant espresso

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 salt

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped pecans

  • 1 1 (11.5 to 12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chunks

  • Coffee Drizzle
  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 instant coffee granules or instant espresso

  • 1 tablespoon 1 water

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the granulated and brown sugars, softened butter, and egg with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy.
  • Sift in the flour, 1 tablespoon of coffee, baking soda, and salt. Gently mix with a spatula just until all streaks of flour disappear. Add the pecans and chocolate chunks. Gently mix to combine.
  • Drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough into an ungreased cookie sheet, placing them 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and the edges have set. Cool for 4 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the coffee drizzle. In a small bowl, stir the coffee granules in water until dissolved. Stir in the powdered sugar until smooth and sticky.
  • Once completely cooled, garnish coffee cookies with the coffee drizzle. Serve and enjoy!
Coffee Cookies

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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