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These chewy coffee cookies are made with chocolate chunks and tons of coffee! They feature two types of coffee — brewed coffee and dry coffee granules — for extra coffee flavor. These cookies are flavorful, easy to make, and oh-so good. Let’s make them!
These coffee cookies are seriously one of my favorite recipes on my whole site. Yes, the WHOLE site!
I am 100% obsessed with all the coffee things. To be honest, I grew up drinking coffee. One of my favorite things to do when I was little was dunk my chocolate chip cookies into my mom’s coffee!
25 years and a pastry school degree later, you bet I am still doing it. So I thought, why not make a cookie that has both chocolate chip and coffee!
Why you will love this recipe
These cookies hit all the aspects of an amazing cookie:
- Chewy? Check.
- Buttery? Check.
- Chocolatey? Check.
- Coffee buzz? Check, check, check.
These are your classic chocolate chip cookies laced with a ton of coffee flavor. I LOVE homemade cookie recipes, especially when they have coffee in them.
Actually like I said, I am totally obsessed with all the coffee and espresso things like espresso cupcakes, coffee buttercream, coffee cheesecake, and even coffee blondies!
Wait, I just had the best idea- put some coffee flavor into this easy skillet chocolate chip cookie – that would be INCREDIBLE!
Ingredients you need:
- unsalted butter – I use unsalted so I can control the amount of salt in the batter. Make sure to use softened butter to create a smooth batter. If you forgot to take out your butter I have a whole post on how to soften butter quickly.
- brown sugar– using brown sugar ensures a chewy cookie!
- granulated sugar– white sugar sweetens and helps with spreading
- 2 eggs– helps with the structure of the cookie
- dry coffee granules– you can use instant coffee and just throw it into the batter
- brewed black coffee– make some coffee to drink and throw 2 tsp into the batter
- all purpose flour– flour holds the cookie together
- baking powder– helps the cookie rise
- baking soda– acts as another leavening agent
- kosher salt– brings out the flavor
- chocolate chips or chunks- use either or both!
How to make cookies with coffee
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on low-medium speed until smooth.
- Add in the egg and the yolk, and mix again. Add in the dry ground coffee granules, vanilla, and brewed black coffee. Mix until a smooth paste forms.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
- Add in the chocolate chips or chop up large pieced of chocolate to make chunks.
- Chill the dough for 20-30 minutes in the fridge.
- Scoop out balls of dough using a 3 tbsp ice cream scooper. Top with some extra chocolate if you want! Make sure to press it in slightly.
- Line 6 cookies at a time on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes.
You can make this recipe by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
What kind of coffee can I use?
There are two kinds of coffee in these cookies– liquid and dry!
Brewed Black Coffee– I make these cookies with brewed coffee but you can use instant coffee to make a cup too. To make a small amount of black coffee, dissolve 1/2 tsp instant coffee and cover with 2 tsp hot water.
Dry Coffee Granules- You can use instant here or they can be the kind you put in the coffee machine. Throw them right into the batter. If you only have espresso powder, you can use that too!
You can use any brand of coffee, decaf or regular.
You can even go crazy and try a flavored coffee for these, I bet they will be delicious!
Keep them in an airtight container or zip top bag on the counter for 3-5 days so they will stay fresh!
Freezing already baked cookies: Let the cookies cool to room temperature before freezing. Place then in a freezer safe bag and freeze for 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat, let them thaw to room temperature on the counter. Then heat in the microwave for 15 seconds for a softer cookies.
Freezing cookie dough: If you want to freeze the cookie dough balls, freeze them on a baking sheet for an hour or so to let them set. Then transfer them to a freezer bag. No need to defrost before baking, just pop them into the preheated oven!
Expert cookie baking tips
- Use room temperature ingredients to ensure the batter mixes together smoothly.
- Measure the flour the right way. Fluff your flour then spoon it into your measuring cup. Do not directly scoop flour with your measuring cup because you will end up compacting your flour and using too much.
- Substitute espresso powder or dry instant coffee for the ground coffee. Basically you can use whatever kind of coffee you have on hand whether thats espresso powder, instant coffee, or ground coffee.
- Bake cookies on a parchment lined light colored aluminum tray for the best heat distribution.
- I use a 3tbsp cookie scoop to measure out the cookie dough so all the cookies will be the same size. You can use a small or mini size one, but check on the cookies after 10 minutes instead of the full 15.
- Make sure to chill the cookie dough for 20 minutes in the fridge so the cookies don’t spread while baking.
Yes! You can use a butter substitute like Earth Balance and dairy free chocolate chips.
I use semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks but you can use bittersweet or even milk chocolate. You can even cut up a bar of chocolate and throw it in!
Using more brown sugar than white, adding an extra yolk, and making sure to not over bake will ensure a chewy cookie!
Nope! I use a mixer because its easier but if you have a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula and a strong hand, you can just make them in a bowl!
Adding an extra yolk helps keep the cookie super chewy, you don’t need the egg white.
Need more cookie recipes?
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- Chewy Lemon Coconut Cookies
Chewy Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large yolk
- 2-3 teaspoons dry ground coffee granules sub instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons brewed black coffee can be instant coffee!
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chips
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350° F.
- In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and mix on low-medium speed until smooth. About 2 minutes.
- Add in the whole egg and then the yolk, and mix again.
- Add in the 2- 3 tsp ground coffee, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tsp brewed coffee, and mix on low to combine. About 30 seconds.
- Turn the mixer off and add in the 2.5 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. Turn the mixer on low moving up to medium speed as the dry ingredients incorporate into the wet.
- When an evenly mixed dough forms, stop the mixer and stir in the chocolate chunks in by hand so as not to break them up. Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
- Using a 3 tbsp cookie scoop or a large spoon, scoop out evenly sized balls and bake 6 at a time on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes on the lower rack in your oven. The cookies are done when the edges are golden brown.
- Make sure to properly measure your flour. Spoon it into your measuring cup and level it off.
- Do not over mix the cookies.
- If you want more coffee flavor use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and an extra 1/2 teaspoon brewed coffee or sub the vanilla extract for coffee extract.
- You can substitute espresso powder for the dry coffee granules
- To make brewed coffee- dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee in 2 tsp of hot water. Cool and add to the batter.
By ‘ground coffee granules’ do you mean instant coffee granules or ground coffee beans?
You can use either, I used ground coffee granules
cookie chandler says
I use Starbucks Via instant coffee.
Sam Adler says
Totally works! Thank you!!
Chocolate chunk coffee cookies—What do you mean by coffee granules? Instant coffee or actual coffee grounds?
I used ground coffee, but you can sub the instant
My oven is at 350 but the coffee smells like it’s burning.
Hey Desire’! Thanks for making these! Because the coffee is such a small amount I don’t think it would burn, is it possible that maybe a small piece of residue in the oven is burning? Either way, thanks for making these!
I just made these. I rolled them and then baked them. I was expecting them to spread some and be crunchier but mine did not. They stayed quite rounded. Do you know what I may have done/not done, for them to come out this way?
Sam Adler says
Hi Sandy! You may have added too much flour to make them stay rounded. If youre not using a kitchen scale then spooning your flour into your measuring cup and leveling it off is the best way to measure flour. I hope this helps!
His long is it’s shelf life?
Id say up to 5 days, but they freeze well too!
Kerri Gates says
I made these once before and did not chill the dough and they turned out great, this time I chilled the dough and it is like a brick now have to wait for it to soften. They tadte really good though. I wont chill them next time.
Happy to hear that! I chill them so they don’t spread so much, but if it works for you, great!
Some even scoop the cookies first, then chill, before baking. It can work well if you find they spread too much I chilled! 🙂
Yes Rachel way to go! Thanks for making these!
Made these today, they are great!
So happy to hear that! Thank you so much!
My husband would LOVE these! Do you think it would be okay to sub coffee granules for instant eapresso powder? I have some on hand and don’t want to use it for just tiramisu.
yes totally!! Go for it!
What if I need to make this eggless?
Thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried to make these without eggs but if you try it let me know how it goes!
I like to use flax “eggs” as a substitute for real eggs in cookie recipes. They keep the cookies fresh longer and add a slight nutty flavor.
Cool!! So happy to hear that works!!
How many flax eggs did you use for this recipe?
Hi! These are not vegan 🙂
Katie Fitzgerald says
I simply use 1-2tbsp of oat milk instead of the egg to make these vegan and they turn out great! I add in a little at a time and stop once it’s the right texture.
SO glad to hear it! Thank you so much for experimenting with this recipe! So glad you loved it!!
Katie Fitzgerald says
I simply add in 1-2tbsp in place of the egg to make these vegan and it works great 🙂
Sam Adler says
YAY great! So glad to hear Katie!
Can you freeze the dough balls and bake off as needed?
Yes! You totally can, I would freeze them on a sheet tray for an hour and then transfer them to a ziplock to bake as needed! Thanks for your comment!
How long can you freeze them for?
Up to 3 months!
These looks delicious! Can I use espresso powder instead of ground coffee?
Yes totally! Im sure it’ll be delicious!
These look delicious!! Can I use margarine instead of butter ?
yes totally! It won’t be as buttery tasting but will definitely work!
Ginger Hackney says
Great recipe! Did not make any changes to recipe & cookies were perfect!
Thank you SO much!!! Im so happy to hear that!!!
These cookies are amazing! Will definitely be making them again! Thank you for the recipe!
So happy you enjoyed them, thank you so much for making!
any ideas for how we could sub out the eggs? trying to make a vegan version for my little sister!
Hi! You could try using 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of the eggs, I haven’t tried it but usually thats the sub for eggs in baking! Let me know what happened if you try it! Hope it works!
Followed most of receipe. Cut the GS by 1/3 and chilled dough for 30 mins. They turned out fine. Prefer them cold.
Happy you enjoyed! Thanks for making!
What size scoop did you use?
Regular size ice cream scoop!
So, I didn’t put the dough in the fridge and they still stayed in the exact same shape… 😟 What did I do wrong?
If they are good, then you did nothing wrong! I always chill my dough so it doesn’t spread so big!
Alexandria @ The Foreign Fork says
I’ve just started getting into coffee so I think I’m going to need to try these!! Also, totally agree with the chocolate chunk vs chocolate chip verdict. Chunks all the way! Thanks for a great recipe, can’t wait to try them!
AWWW YAY! Would love for you to try them! Here for all the chunks!!!!
Delish!!!! I’ve tried so many chocolate chip recipes only to be disappointed with some aspect of the outcome. These came out perfectly and provided everything you love in a chocolate chip cookie but better! Perfectly balanced so that the chocolate really pops. So glad I found this recipe!! By far my favorite!!! I will make them over and over – thank you!
Aww thank you so much Vicky! I am so happy you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for leaving such a nice review!
What kind of chocolate chunks did you use?
Hi Tara! I used the enjoy life chocolate chunks but any chunks will do, or you can chop up some chocolate bars!
This is my absolute favorite recipe. It is a win every time. Everyone who tries these cookies love them!
AWW So happy to hear that!!! Thank you so much for making them!!!
These are great. Used chocolate chunks today but may try the espresso chips I found last week.
Thank you so much for making these Cheryl, so glad you liked them- I think espresso chips sound amazing!!
I will never, as long as I live, make another chocolate chip cookie recipe again. This is the end-all-be-all. They’re absolutely incredible.
Omg this makes me SO SO happy thank you SO much!!!!
These cookies are so good! I saw you link the recipe on your story yesterday and sure enough, I was in the kitchen within the next few hours making them LOL
I don’t make cookies very often, but these I will for sure. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because they were suuuuper buttery which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I just don’t like greasy fingers when I eat a chocolate chip cookie! Super easy to make, I’d definitely recommend! I even froze a whole bunch so I have cookies on the ready (:
Thank you so much Aisha! I am so happy that you liked them!!! Thanks for your review <3
TOTALLY FREAKING AMAZING omg, so glad I put half in the freezer for a rainy day! I don’t want to admit how much dough I ate before baking… so delish!!!
YAYAYAYAY SO happy you guys enjoyed these!!!
Lia A says
These are unreal 🤤🤤
I’ll never make regular choc chip cookies again, these are my go to cookies. However next tune I’ll use 1.5 sticks of butter instead of two and 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks instead of 1.5 . I thought the dough was delicious and the amount of chocolate was a bit overpowering.
Thanks for the great recipe!
Thank you so much for your comment Lia I’m so happy you love them and can adapt them to your liking!!! XOXO
Hey! I’m going to make these for Easter, but I need to know about how many they make.About how much is 18 people?
Hey Juliana! It’s one per person, so they make about 16-18 cookies depending on size. I just updated the serving thanks for bringing that to my attention! Happy Easter!!
Monica Quinn says
Love the idea of these and definitely want to try making them soon! Also, I’m a graphic designer and these pictures are great quality, I’d love to use them in this personal project to practice package design, if you don’t mind? I would credit you for the photo and link to this page.
Hey Monica! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Unfortunately I am not offering them up for licensing right now. Thank you so much for asking, hope you find the perfect pictures for your project!
Made these and shared with a few friends – high ratings from everyone!
I happened to have some nielsen massey coffee extract on hand and added a tsp for bonus coffee flavor.
Will definitely put these into the rotation.
Hi! Thank you so so much! I am so happy you enjoyed the cookies, so awesome you had coffee extract on hand! Thank you for making these!
This recipe is so yummy and they come out great every time! I’ve made them while adjusting the amount of coffee and whether it’s less or more the actual cookie is fantastic each time
Thank you Fizza!!!! What a nice compliment I am so happy you are enjoying them any way you make them!!! <3
These cookies were so good! I took some to my sister-in-law’s house and everyone loved them! I even tried to save some pre-scooped cookie dough in the freezer to have on hand and bake just a couple at a time when I had a cookie craving, but I just ended up eating the frozen dough periodically…it was also delicious!
Hey Brittney!! Ahh thank you so much for letting me know! Haha I haven’t tried the cookie dough yet (shockingly) So happy to hear you liked these cookies!!
Haven’t made these yet, but they look sooooooo good!
Racheli Cohen says
Love these! ❤️
SO happy! Thanks so much for your comment!
Tawnie Kroll says
These are SO amazing! The step by step photos and video was so helpful, and I popped mine in the freezer so we can grab one when we’re craving something sweet! Thank you 🙂
YAY Tawnie, thank you for letting me know those process shots were worth it haha! So glad you love them!!
Best cookies ever!! Thanks for sharing, Sam!!
Thank you Jamie!!!! <3 <3
Katie G says
I found Sam on instagram – came for her comedy and screaming at Alexa/iguanas and stayed for her delicious recipes. This is a super easy to follow recipe! I’ve made these twice (with espresso powder instead of coffee) and gluten free flour and honestly just want to eat all the dough.
OMH HHAHAHA KATIE youre the best! Thank you for your awesome comment!
nicole triebe says
I made these yesterday and they instantly disappeared!! The whole family loved them. New favorite!
WOHOOO thank you Nicole!! I am so grateful for your review thank you!
These cookies looks SO amazing and I’m absolutely baking them this weekend. Sending my son a care package and these will be PERFECT!!
Hiiii Lisa!! thank you so much! I hope that he loves them, you sound like an awesome mom!
These are amazing! So easy and delicious.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment Effie!
These cookies look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them! You always have the most decadent looking recipes. 💛
Aww Ciarra, thank you so so much!
this is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe and has basically become a staple in our house. There’s always a bag in the freezer that’s ready to be baked fresh when the cookie jar becomes dangerously low.
OOOH I am so happy to hear you and the fam love these cookies! We do too!
The coffee cookies with chocolate chunks sound SO AMAZING! I can’t wait to make them this weekend! I can eat them for breakfast, right??
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner and maybe even dessert too haha! Thank you so much for your comment!
Love love love this recipe! And those beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thank you for the review Alexandria!
Ash Thuroit says
usually when i see a recipe calling for one egg plus one yolk, i just end up adding the whole 2nd egg. ive never had any issues so far. i actually find it gives you more play with the flour amount. have you tried adding 2 full eggs to this recipe? I’m just wondering because ive never baked with brewed coffee before. im not an experienced baker. thankyou
Sam Adler says
Hi! This recipe calls for just the extra yolk because the added fat keeps the cookie moist and chewy- when you add the extra white it can have a drying effect to it, so thats why I like to leave it out. When you add the brewed coffee it will add extra flavor and moisture to the cookies, its not really any different than adding a different flavoring like vanilla. Hope this helps!
Absolutely adore this recipe. Instead of chocolate chips, I use Nestle’s espresso chips to add even MORE coffee flavor. These cookies are the new favorite!
OOH Emily that is SUCH a good idea! I will have to try that too! Thank you so much!
I mean…. LITERALLY my favorite new cookie recipe. The detailed instructions made me feel so confident. I froze the whole batch in an effort to only treat myself occasionally and we literally just made fresh cookies every other night for 2 weeks. UNBELIEVABLE, yum!
YAY Hailey! Thank you SO much! I am so happy to make you feel confident in the kitchen! Isnt it just the best feeling?! Thank you so much for your review and comment!
Sara Kaufman says
Love these cookies, they are so easy to put together and have a fabulous coffee and chocolate taste. I keep them in my freezer and may or may on bake them in an emergency for breakfast with my coffee. Thanks Sam!
Cookies are always my go to for breakfast haha, so glad you love these cookies, thank you so much for your review!
I’ve made these cookies countless times and they are always a win! They’re definitely a staple recipe for me.
YASSSS this makes me so happy! Thank you so much for letting me know!
These cookies are AMAZING! All my favorite things wrapped up in one cookie! Thanks for an amazing recipe!!
I love chocolate and coffee anything too! YAY so glad you love these cookies, thank you Kelsey!
My husband has declared these his favorite cookie ever. As such, I have added this recipe to my regular rotation. Give these a try, you won’t regret it!
Thank you Molly!! What a high honor!!! Appreciate your comment so much!!!
These look amazing! Cannot wait to try them out 🙂
Thank you so much Shilpa!
Made these delish cookies last summer and everyone loved them! So happy I stumbled upon this recipe again. I have some family in town next week and these will definitely be on the menu!! Thanks Sam 😋
YAY Alana I am so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for making these I am so happy you enjoy them!!
I turned these vegan by using Earth Balance butter and subbing about 1.5-2tbsp oat milk for the egg. Amazing! One of my favorite cookie recipes.
YAY so good to know! Thank you so so much for your review Katie!!!!
Margalit Panigel says
Ok if you are debating whether to make this recipe… stop debating and preheat your oven! And pro tip: double the batch they are so so so so good! Seriously, You Need To Make These Cookies
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!! You are just the best and I am so happy you love these as much as I do!!
OH MY WORD. These may be the BEST cookies I have ever eaten! My only regret is making a half batch. 😂
HAHA Thank you so much for your comment and rating!! Next time make it a double and stick some in the freezer LOL!!
This looks so good! What a great way to make a cookie even richer!
Thank you Suzanne! These are my absolute favorite cookie!
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
Hi Vanessa! They keep fresh for up to 4-5 days but are best over the first day. Warming them up in a toaster oven always revives them!
Next level flavor! My new favoritest cookie.
YASSSS SO happy to hear that thanks so much!
These are so good! I added a little bit of cinnamon to mine!
Sam Adler says
YAY sounds like a great idea! I have to try that next time. So glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for your rating and review!
Mel Frommer says
Sam Adler says
You are the freaking best Mel!!
I absolutely love this recipe! Thank you for sharing!
Sam Adler says
AHH Thank you so much for this rating and review!! So happy you love this recipe!!
Betty Morris says
I make these for my adult children when the grandkids come over (the kids get my regular choc chip cookies). Needless to say, these are gone before the kids finish half of their tray. These cookies are amazing!
Sam Adler says
Thank you so much Betty, you just made my day! <3
Made these today and they are very easy to make and look great! I needed to add 3 or 4 tsp of coffee next time. I only used 2 tsp this time. I also added some sea salt on top and I think that muted the coffee flavor so I’ll make sure not to do that next time either. I also only baked them for 12 minutes not 15 and they turned out perfectly. Overall they are really good! Great texture!
Sam Adler says
YAY Olivia thank you so much for making these! So glad you were able to make them to your liking and enjoyed them!!
Erin Rock-Ballard says
Wow, this is my kind of cookie! Absolutely delicious. I realized I was out of vanilla extract 😨 so I replaced it with extra coffee. Marvelous cookies, will definitely make these again!
Sam Adler says
OHHH that sounds SO good!!! Im SO happy you loved these cookies, they are one of my faves!! I really appreciate your 5 star rating and your comment!! Hope you have the best day!