Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies: The answer to any chocolate craving!

These Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies are a chocolate and coffee lover’s dream cookie recipe!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies - A chocolate and coffee lover's dream cookie recipe!

Have you met the lovely and talented Betsy from Desserts Required? She has shared an astounding number of delicious dessert recipes, including the inspiration for these Very Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies. When I read her Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies recipe, I thought it sounded delicious and planned to make it as written. I mean, not everything has to be for the blog, right? Sometimes it’s nice to just make a recipe without getting funky with it.

So there I was, ready to follow some instructions exactly, when I thought maybe I would just increase the espresso powder to make them unmistakably coffee flavored. Then, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to add some cocoa powder to make them chocolate cookies. When I went to get the chocolate chips, I found a bar of extra dark chocolate that wasn’t good to eat on its own, so I decided to substitute that for the semisweet chips. Before I knew it, I was adding whole wheat flour and raw sugar, and I had completely butchered the recipe!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies - A chocolate and coffee lover's dream cookie recipe!

What is wrong with me?! I apologize, Betsy! I make no claims that these cookies are better than the original, especially since I didn’t even try the original. This version is not very sweet, and you will love it if you are a dark chocolate and coffee lover. If you are looking for a more traditional, sweeter chocolate chip cookie, please go over and try Betsy’s recipe instead.

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies - A chocolate and coffee lover's dream cookie recipe!

Very Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

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These rich, lightly sweet cookies will fulfill any dark chocolate craving!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (You can use all white flour if you prefer.)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. instant espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 oz. very dark chocolate chopped into 1/4″ pieces (I used 85% cacao chocolate)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together butter, brown sugar, and raw sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, and mix on low until well combined.
  3. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, espresso powder, and cocoa powder, and mix on low until dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Stir in chocolate pieces on lowest speed until just mixed in.
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop or a 1 tbsp. measuring spoon to dish cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, spacing cookies 2″ apart.
  5. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, Allow cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies at Desserts Required.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Cookies

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These Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies are a chocolate and coffee lover's dream cookie recipe!
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

Well you just went to town with getting creative with these cookies, Andi! I bet I’d like these! :)

11 years ago

Thanks, Julie! I bet you would too :)

betsy @ desserts required
11 years ago


THANK YOU for your lovely, kind words about Desserts Required.

I LOVE what you did with the recipe. I truly believe that one person’s final recipe is another person’s starting point!

11 years ago

Thank you, Betsy! I’m glad you don’t mind that I changed it up a bit. Next time I’ll try your version!

11 years ago

funny how you couldn’t stop yourself from those “tweaks”–I hear you. It’s like some outer force takes over your hands and you reach for ingredients you hadn’t planned on using. (how bourbon ends up in so many baked goods in my house)

Your cookies look like what I need for breakfast tomorrow. Weather is cooling, so coffee brewing is on my to-do list. Sounds like Friday’s cocktail will warm me up, too :-)

Oh, and check out deLiz facebook (who am I kidding, it’s going to end up on your page, too) tonight for the salmon nachos. Those are flippin’ amazing! :-D (cam I say flippin’ here? ;-) )

11 years ago

Haha, yes “flippin” will make it past the censors here ;) Do you only drink coffee when the weather is cold? I would never survive the summer! Can’t wait to see your nachos! Thanks so much for paying me a visit!

11 years ago

I love how you think Andi! These espresso cookies are wonderful!

11 years ago

Thank you, Tanya! I would get a lot more done if I did a little less thinking ;)

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