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Espresso and Kahlua Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies get a gourmet, sophisticated makeover with these espresso and Kahlua cookies! Featuring a soft and chewy center and crisp edges, these mocha-flavored cookies are always a crowd favorite for any occasion. After one bite, these cookies will surely earn a spot on your cookie-baking rotation.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 26 cookies, approximately
Calories 213kcal


  • Stand or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Parchment paper
  • Large baking sheet
  • Wire racks


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened salted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 10-ounce bag chocolate chunks plus additional for topping, optional


  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, espresso powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, dark brown sugar, white sugar, Kahlua and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  • Scrape the dough off the side of the bowl. Add one egg and beat just until combined. Scrape the dough again. Add the second egg and beat just until combined.
  • Once again, scrape the dough off the side of the bowl. Add a couple scoops of the flour mixture and stir until combined. Repeat until all the flour mixture is incorporated.
  • Scrape the dough off the side of the bowl. Stir in dark chocolate chunks. Refrigerate for at least an hour until stiff. Alternatively, you can freeze for 30 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375 degrees. When the chilling time is up, place golf ball-size dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake nine minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for a couple minutes and then use a spatula to move to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!



  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 99mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g