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Friday, November 1, 2019

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These dark and delicious mocha chocolate chunk cookies are full of chocolate and coffee flavor.  Your favorite baristas are going to miss you when you start eating your mocha instead!

close stack of mocha chocolate chunk cookies with chunks of chocolate and coffee beans scattered around

Soft and not too sweet, these cookies are laced with espresso and chocolate chunks. They are like a coffeehouse favorite in cookie form. They are a perfect snack to get you over the afternoon hump or perfect dessert that caters to the adults in the room.

Chocolate and coffee are a dessert match made in heaven. So I set out to create a cookie that gave a full dose of each.

I have been loving baking with coffee lately, so this certainly didn't seem like a stretch.  Mocha Whipped Cream goes with everything, right?

I really wanted the flavors of the coffee and the chocolate to shine. Plus I wanted a soft and delicious cookie, just the way my husband likes them.

mocha chocolate chunk cookies on cooling rack

These little gems have that deep dark mocha flavor we love.  They aren't too sweet, just enough to balance out the coffee and cocoa.

They have a nice mocha flavor with just enough melty chocolate chunks to take the decadence to the next level.  There is no way you can eat just one of these babies.

To get that full coffee flavor, I knew I needed more than just coffee extract. So I stirred in some actual coffee grounds.

large mocha chocolate chip cookies with coffee beans

     They were fabulous. In subsequent batches, I've used espresso powder with wonderful results.

       It may feel a little strange putting espresso powder or coffee grounds in the cookies, but believe me it works!

   Just grind up a heaping Tablespoon of beans to get about a Tablespoon of coffee.  If you buy your coffee already ground, just stick that measuring spoon in there and throw them in the dough.

two mocha chocolate chunk cookies stacked on top of each other with more cookies in background

     I can see you looking at me with disbelief.  Trust me.  (Just look at my face, don't I look trustworthy? Really, I do!)

   Bake a batch and let me know what you think.  I just know you are going to love them.

       The rest of the recipe is much more believable on the face of it. It's all ingredients we know and love.

looking down on mocha chocolate chunk cookie with coffee beans and chocolate chunks

       Though I consider these a more adult treat due to the coffee and less sweet finish, the kids liked them too. Even self professed coffee haters liked them if they tried them without knowing what they were.

     My husband and I both agree that the coffee flavor is there, in the best sort of way. Whip up a batch and let me know what you think!

     If you like coffee in your dessert, you may also like my coffee and cream sponge cake. It is absolutely amazing.

    If it is the mocha that has you excited, make a batch of peppermint mocha shortbread cookies. A few of those and a few of these would make a lovely mocha themed treat tray!

mocha cookies, not too sweet cookies, coffee cookies, coffee infused cookies
Yield: 36 servings

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These dark and delicious mocha chocolate chunk cookies are full of chocolate and coffee flavor. Your favorite baristas are going to miss you when you start eating your mocha instead!
prep time: 40 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 70 M


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon espresso powder or coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks


How to cook Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and espresso or coffee grounds. 
  4. Carefully add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. 
  5. Fold in chocolate chips, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least a half hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  
  7. Scoop small balls of dough onto lined cookie sheets, I like to use my small cookie scoop for this. Bake for 8-10 minutes. (Larger cookies may take a minute or two longer, the cookies should be set but soft and moist.)
  8. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, or freeze for longer storage time. 
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These dark and delicious mocha cookies are full of chocolate and coffee flavor. Your favorite baristas are going to miss you when you start eating your mocha instead!


  1. I love mixing in the mini chocolate chips as well. You had me at mocha girl, I don't know what it is not only do I love the word mocha, but I love the flavor! These looks super yummy!!

    1. I think we must be long lost cousins or something! Thanks!

  2. Oh dear! Those cookies look incredible!

  3. I think people would be surprised that you can just throw the coffee grounds in, I know I was! But I've done it with cakes and cookies, and all have turned out tasty! These cookies look darn tasty Carlee! I'm loving Chocolate Week! 😀

    1. It just seems wrong, but it really works! Thanks, Jessica!

  4. You are completely trust worthy! Since our husbands have similar tastes, what did he think of these? Approved or better for the girls only?

    1. Thanks! He did like them. He likes his coffee with a squirt of chocolate syrup, so they were right up his alley ;-)

    2. Ok then! My husband has been working crazy amount of hours, and really needs some new treats in the truck. These will be up next on the rotation!

  5. These look amazing! I agree it's weird to add in ground coffee, but it really does turn out well. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. Adding the grounds goes against your instinct, but it is good! Thank you!

  6. Oh, these sound/look amazing! I love chocolate and coffee together in any and all forms! Thanks for sharing with us at The Wednesday Showcase!

    1. Me too, they are a match made in heaven! Thank you!

  7. Oh wow, Carlee! I have no words!


    1. Ha! That's a surprise ;-) Thank you so much, Mollie!

  8. Mmm those cookies sound fantastic and they look perfect!

  9. These look so good! I love anything that includes chocolate and coffee.

  10. Choc chips or block of dark chocolate chopped?

    Thanks Carlee

    1. Chocolate chips. I used the larger chunk version, but whatever you have should work.

  11. Hi, your recipe looks great, but I have a doubt, is it 1 cup plus 3/4 of flour or 3/4 of flour?

    1. It is 1 and 3/4 cups of flour. So not quite 2 full cups.


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