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Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies

Made with chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans and espresso powder, these Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies are THE cookie for coffee lovers! These coffee cookies are easy to make and absolutely irresistible when served warm!

Two espresso cookies cut in half and stacked on each other

A Coffee Lover’s Cookie

If you enjoy a cup of coffee or two throughout the day, you’re going to love these Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies! These are similar to a traditional chocolate chip cookie but loaded with chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans instead of chocolate chips. You get the best of both worlds – a bit of crunch from the espresso beans and the melty, gooey chocolate.

The coffee flavor is noticeable but not over-powering so even those who aren’t huge espresso drinkers can still enjoy these coffee cookies. The chocolate really balances out any bitterness from the espresso plus the brown sugar gives them a warm sweetness. It’s really just the perfect combination of flavors!

These are thick, chewy and extra soft. They’re based on these extra thick chocolate chip cookie, but scaled down to a smaller size. Don’t expect them to spread much, they’re meant to be thick, and they’ll be nice and soft.

A stack of chocolate espresso bean cookies

Do These Cookies Really Taste Like Coffee?

Yes, they do! These cookies get their coffee flavor from the crushed espresso beans mixed in as well as from the espresso powder mixed into the batter. If you prefer a deeper coffee flavor, add in an additional 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of espresso powder or your favorite finely ground instant coffee. The extra espresso powder also enhances the chocolate in the chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Choppedchocolate covered espresso beans in a white bowl

3 Key Ingredients

These easy coffee cookies are made with basic cookie ingredients plus espresso powder and, of course, espresso beans.

  • Cornstarch– This helps keep these cookies extra soft, so they are thick but not dry
  • Instant espresso powder – Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon for a deeper coffee flavor. Any type of finely ground coffee will work if you don’t have espresso powder
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans– I love to buy these at Trader Joes, but check your local specialty foods store.

How to Make Espresso Cookies

These chocolate cookies are quick and easy with no-fuss involved. No need to chill the dough either, so you can have warm cookies ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes

1. Prepare. Preheat the oven and line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Roughly chop the chocolate espresso beans and let the butter soften.

2. Beat the butter. Beat the butter and sugar until well creamed. Add the eggs and vanilla extract.

3. Add the dry ingredients. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly add to the dough. Add the chopped espresso beans and beat to combine.

4. Bake. Scoop balls of dough on the sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes.

My Advice for Perfect Espresso Cookies

Here are a few tips for the softest, chewiest espresso cookies.

  • How do I know when the cookies are done? The center of the cookie should be slightly underbaked but not too gooey. As you allow it to cool on the baking sheet, it will continue to cook just a bit.
  • Use your favorite ground instant coffee. I use espresso powder, but any type of finely ground instant coffee will work.
  • Enhance the chocolate and coffee flavors. The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of espresso powder which is enough to get the coffee flavor, but if you prefer a deeper coffee flavor, add an additional ½ – 1 teaspoon.
  • Don’t overbake. As noted above, the cookies should be slightly underbaked when you remove them from the oven. Overbaking will result in the loss that delightfully soft and chewy texture.
  • Press extra coffee beans into the tops of the cookies. For a pretty presentation, press a few of the chopped espresso beans into the top of the cookie dough before baking.
A coffee cookie broke in half on top of other cookies

How to Store Cookies and Cookie Dough

These coffee bean cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. After that, they should be frozen. Frozen cookies will last for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter and enjoy. I recommend popping them in the microwave for 15 seconds or so to get the gooey, melty chocolate effect!

If you’d prefer to freeze the cookie dough to enjoy at a later time, scoop the dough, and store in a single layer in an airtight container. Thaw to room temperature prior to baking.

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Two espresso cookies cut in half and stacked on each other

Espresso Bean Cookies

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Made with chopped chocolate covered espresso beans and espresso powder, these Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies are THE cookie for coffee lovers! These coffee cookies are easy to make and absolutely irresistible when served warm!


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (220g) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (16g) corn starch
  • 11 ½ teaspoons (2g) instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups (240g) chocolate covered espresso beans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Allow the butter to soften for at least 20 minutes. Roughly chop the chocolate espresso beans. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 2-3 minutes until well creamed. Next add the eggs and vanilla extract and continue beating until well incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Stir to combine and slowly add the dry ingredients into the dough, mixing on low speed until dough starts to form. Before the dough thickens, add the chopped espresso beans. Beat until incorporated. Set aside.
  4. Scoop the dough using a large cookie scoop and place on a sheet pan, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes. The center of the cookie should be slightly under baked but not too gooey. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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26 comments on “Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies”

  1. I can’t wait to try these! I plan to use them for cookie trays, so I would want to make them with a small scoop. How long should I bake them for? I am guessing it would be a little less time, thanks!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Yes! I love it. Try 8-9 minutes. Sometimes I bake 2 cookies just to test so I don’t mess up a whole batch!

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering, does the dough freeze well? I wanted to prepare them and bake them off at a later date.
    They look so good, can’t wait to try them, we’re a coffee loving household.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  3. The next time I make these I’m going to add either chocolate chips or buy a different brand of espresso beans. Everything about the cookie was amazing but my espresso beans weren’t quite chocolatey enough and we wished there was more chocolate in the cookies. Still giving 5 stars because the recipe was spot on, just something to take into account if you have whimpy espresso beans like I did 😂

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thank you for sharing Rebekah! The ones I get are from Trader Joe’s and they’re pretty good! Adding chocolate chips is a great option to!