Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies

By Polly Conner
April 26, 2021

The perfect afternoon treat to pair with coffee! These Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies are rich, moist, and have a balance of not-too-sweet-sweetness thanks to the dark chocolate and instant coffee in the recipe.

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What’s a Coffee Cookie?

Great question! We named this recipe a “Coffee Cookie” for two primary reasons:

  1. It’s got coffee IN it. As you can see in the recipe below, there is a scoop of instant coffee. This gives it a rich, distinct flavor that you won’t find in a typical cookie recipe.
  2. It goes great with coffee! One of my favorite things to do is pair coffee with something sweet. This is a perfect treat to serve with decaf at night or for an afternoon treat.

Now that we’ve clarified why we call this a coffee cookie, let’s get to making it!

Chocolate Coffee Cookies on a white dish sprinkled with powdered sugar

What Ingredients Do I Need?

When baking, it’s always helpful to set out all of your ingredients before you start. It’s almost inevitable that you will be missing something if you don’t! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Softened butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Instant coffee (decaf or regular will work)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • All purpose flour
  • Dark chocolate chips (we like these from Target)
Coffee cookie broken in half

How to Make Coffee Cookies!

Like most cookie recipes, start with mixing up the butter and sugar and eggs in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer. It’s really important that the butter is room temperature for this.

2 sticks of softened butter to be mixed with sugar

After the wet mix is light and fluffy, you’ll then stir together the dry ingredients in a different bowl.

Dry ingredients for coffee cookies

I like to use a stand mixer to make the cookie dough. It makes it easier to combine the ingredients.

After you add the dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, egg mix, you’ll fold in the dark chocolate using a wooden spoon. I say fold in because you don’t want to over mix your dough or the cookies will get dense.

Dark chocolate chips in a measuring cup.

Using a small scoop, place your cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet. I’ve found that these cookies do best when pressed out a bit with your hands. Because of their consistency, they need a little assistance to take on the traditional cookie shape.

Dark chocolate coffee cookie dough on a baking sheet

Can You Freeze Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies?

You betcha! Just be sure to freeze them before you bake them.

Cookie dough freezes beautifully if you do it the right way. Here is a short tutorial on How to Freezer Cookie Dough. It will save you so much time and money in the long run if you start doing this!

Cookie dough scoops in a freezer bag

Can You Taste the Coffee in These?

Not really. I’d describe it as a hint of coffee flavor. My picky 5 year old loved them, so the coffee flavor isn’t too strong.

A hand holding a coffee cookie

Ready to get baking?


Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


You’ll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee in these rich moist cookies. They’re sure to be a hit at your next gathering!


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (we like these from Target)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. (I recommend using a stand mixer with paddle attachment, but you can use a wooden spoon and some elbow grease instead.) Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, coffee, baking powder and salt.)
  4. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and combine just until the dough comes together.
  5. Fold in dark chocolate chips.
  6. Drop scoops of dough onto parchment lined sheet trays. (I used a small cookie dough scoop.) Use your fingers to smash the cookies down a bit so they flatten out more easily when baking.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let cool completely.


Optional Topping: Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave (stirring after each 30 second interval) and scoop into a small plastic bag. Snip off end and drizzle cooled cookies with white chocolate.

How to Freeze: Follow these instructions to freeze the cookie dough. Or, you can freeze the fully baked, fully cooled cookies in an air-tight freezer container.

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4 replies
  1. Kelly Brown says:

    Oh my goodness! These are amazing! My daughter makes them with a full teaspoon of salt & sometimes cinnamon & all the ways are delicious. These don’t last long in our house. So thankful for you ladies & all of your time, ideas & great recipes!