World’s Best Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Do you consider yourself to be a coffee and cookie connoisseur? If you answered yes, then you’re in for a treat because this cookie was made for fellow coffee lovers like yourself! Combine your love for both with this chewy, coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe.

Fresh batch of coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe on a baking sheet.

Tasty treats with perfectly crisp edges are what you can expect with this coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe. They can be enjoyed year-round, but here are some occasions and moments when they’re especially perfect:

  • Weekend Treat: Surprise your family on the weekend with a batch of the best cookies. It’s a great way to start a relaxing day.
  • Holidays: Chewy chocolate chip cookies can be a wonderful addition to holiday celebrations, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other festive occasion.
  • Rainy or Chilly Days: There’s something so comforting about freshly baked cookies on a rainy or chilly day. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and chocolate filling your home makes it even cozier.
  • Coffee Breaks: Coffee and cookies are a classic combination. Bake a batch of chewy coffee cookies to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients

All chocolate chip cookie recipes start with a delicious base. This chocolate chip coffee cookies recipe is no different. Here’s what you’ll need to make cookies that are soft, chewy, and irresistible:

Ingredients for coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee powder
  • Dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks

See recipe card for quantities.

The instant coffee granules in this small batch chocolate chip cookies recipe intensifies the chocolate flavor of the dark chocolate chips. People will often add this ingredient or instant espresso powder to chocolate cake recipes for this very reason. 

Instructions for Making the Best Coffee Cookie Recipe

Below, you will find process shots along with step-by-step instructions:

Dry ingredients for coffee cookies.

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together, flour, baking soda, and salt.

Butter, white and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Cream these ingredients together on high speed for about 3 minutes. Texture should be light and airy.

Wet cookie ingredients.

3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the egg and vanilla extract. Combine on medium speed until incorporated.

Adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixer bowl.

4. Add your bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until there are a few streaks of flour left.

Instant coffee and cookie dough.

5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again and add in instant coffee. Mix on low speed until evenly incorporated into the cookie dough.

Folding chocolate chips into the cookie dough.

6. Fold in your chocolate chips with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

7. Using a cookie scoop, scoop 8 cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake on the bottom rack at 375°F for 13-15 minutes. While your first batch of cookies are baking, add 8 more cookie dough balls onto a second parchment-lined baking sheet. After removing cookies from the oven, leave them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt and then transfer them to a wire rack so they can continue to cool for a few more minutes.

You’ll want to take them out of the oven when the edges are slightly golden brown but the centers still appear slightly undercooked. 

We recommend baking 1 sheet at a time for more even baking.

Hint: Take your butter and egg out of the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan on making these cookies. This will allow ample time for them to come to room temperature.

Substitutions

This coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe is flexible and you can easily make some substitutions. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Instant Coffee Powder: Instead of using this, you can use ground coffee. Be sure to grind your coffee beans down to more of a fine powder. 
  • Light Brown Sugar: You can use dark brown sugar in lieu of light brown sugar.

Variations

Below, are a few fun variations to try with this recipe:

  • Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies: Use espresso grounds to make a batch of delicious espresso cookies. Note: if using espresso grounds or powder, minimize the amount to 1-2 teaspoons as espresso flavor is much more intense than instant coffee.
  • Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Chunk Cookies: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom to your dry ingredients and use chocolate chunks in lieu of chocolate chips for a unique and aromatic take on this cookie recipe.
  • More Chocolate: Feel free to add in extra chocolate chips to your cookie dough. We stand by the philosophy of measuring with your heart when it comes to chocolate chips!
  • White Speckled Cookies: Trade your regular chocolate chips for white chocolate ones. The creaminess of white chocolate beautifully complements the coffee flavor.
Bite shot image of coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe.

Equipment

Storage

Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Tip: add a piece of bread or tortilla to your container. This will help keep your cookies retain their moisture.

Top tip

Use room temperature ingredients. This allows for even mixing and texture. Ingredients like butter, eggs, and dairy products mix more evenly at room temperature. This results in a smoother, more uniform cookie dough, leading to a consistent texture in the final product.

FAQ

How do I ensure my cookies turn out soft and chewy?

To achieve soft and chewy cookies, avoid overbaking. Take them out of the oven when the edges are slightly golden brown but the centers still appear slightly undercooked. They will continue to set as they cool, resulting in that perfect texture.

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Food Safety

  • Consider Allergies: If you’re baking for a group, be mindful of allergies or dietary restrictions. Note your ingredient substitutions if you’re accommodating specific needs.
  • Raw Cookie Dough: Raw eggs in cookie dough can be contaminated with harmful bacteria like Salmonella. Consuming raw eggs increases the risk of foodborne illnesses, which can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
  • Flour Contamination: Raw flour can also carry pathogens such as E. coli. Flour is not typically treated to kill bacteria, so consuming it in its raw form can pose health risks.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Indulge in your love for coffee and cookies with our coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe. They have perfectly crisp edges and a chewy center, everything a cookie should be!
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Prep Time:12 minutes
Cook Time:13 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar can use dark if preferred
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in softened butter (see notes section), granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Cream these ingredients together on high speed for about 3 minutes. Texture should be light and airy.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the egg and vanilla extract. Combine on medium speed until incorporated. Add your bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix on medium speed until there are a few streaks of flour left.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl again and add in instant coffee. Mix on low speed until evenly incorporated into the cookie dough. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop 8 cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake on the bottom rack at 375°F for 13-15 minutes. While your first batch of cookies are baking, add 8 more cookie dough balls onto a second parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • After removing cookies from the oven, leave them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt and then transfer them to a wire rack to continue to cool for a few more minutes. You'll want to take them out of the oven when the edges are slightly golden brown but the centers still appear slightly undercooked. 
  • We recommend baking 1 sheet at a time. This allows for more even baking.

Notes

Take your butter and egg out of the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan on making these cookies. This will allow ample time for them to come to room temperature.
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