espresso chocolate chip cookies

espresso chocolate chip cookies

So this is the recipe that for some bizarre set of circumstances never made it into my book. It was developed for ‘Sweet’, shot for ‘Sweet’, but somehow never made it into the glossy pages of my most beloved and decadent second cookbook. I only discovered this the other day while I was looking for the recipe. Thinking it was there, but also kind of knowing it wasn’t. The whole thing is weird. Anyway lucky for you I get to put it up here because what use is a recipe sitting on my hard drive gathering digital dust.

Whilst I don’t drink coffee very often, I absolutely love the flavour of it in desserts and baked things. Added to chocolate it’s a perfect match and makes these decadent cookies a little more grown up. You can leave the coffee powder out and keep these plain if you prefer. I have used instant espresso powered because I love the intense flavour and how it dissolves easily into the dough, but you could use regular instant coffee granules (substitute 2T), just dissolve in the vanilla extract before adding to the mix.

Ok so this makes a fairly big batch but personally I think that’s the only way to roll when making things like cookies. Once you’ve made the decision to get into the kitchen and get down with the dough, you may as well bash out a decent quantity. They store well and freeze too.

Oh and if you love my blog and my recipes, I would love it if you considered buying my book. Its available in all good book shops around SA and online obvs. Its filled with my favourite sweet recipes which I know you will love. Thank you, dankie and grazie mille!

Recipe ~ Makes aprox 34 medium cookies

  • 320g (2 cups) flour
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1/4t salt
  • 170g salted butter, melted
  • 150g (1 cup) Demarara brown sugar
  • 130g (½ cup) white sugar
  • 2T + 2t instant espresso powder
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 350g dark chocolate chips
  • Sea salt flakes for sprinkling (optional)

Pre heat the oven to 165C and line 3 baking sheets with baking paper.

Sift the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.

Using an electric mixer beat the melted butter, vanilla, espresso powder and sugar for about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix briefly until just combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

You can make either big or small cookies, but I like around 20ml of cookie dough scooped into more or less even balls, allowing 3cm between the cookies for spreading.

Lightly sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt (optional), and bake for 10 – 12 minutes for a softer and smaller cookie, or a little longer – 15 – 17 minutes for a bigger and crunchier cookie.






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18 Responses to espresso chocolate chip cookies

  1. Jacqui February 9, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    Definitely going to make these! they look delicious!

  2. lynne hoareau February 9, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Yum. Nothing can beat a good chocolate chip cookie, when we are talking cookies. I too, love the coffee flavour in baked goods, so espresso it will be. I am making these, no questions asked. My hubby will be away next week, so I may wait until then, and then devour them all to myself 🙂 Well, a girl has got to eat … 🙂 🙂

  3. Erin | Well Plated February 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m so glad this recipe is out in the open now! Espresso is one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie ingredients too. It just gives them a little somethin’ somethin’ can’t resist.

  4. Cecile February 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    OH YEAH !!! These truly ARE decadent!! Gotta go ‘PIN’ these !! ; o )

  5. Sam February 10, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    HI Erin I agree, they just make the cookie so much more grown up and give it an edge.

  6. Sam February 10, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Thanks Lynne and agree totally, although this does make a really big batch.

  7. Meeta February 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Oh I love a bit of coffee flavor with chocolate treats. These are perfect grown up cookies!

  8. Beryl Alexander February 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    I can vouch for Sweet, you will not regret buying this book. Everything I’ve made from it has worked and tasted divine. I also gave it to a friend for her birthday and she loves it. She and her husband are very good cooks, and they own a LOT of cookbooks, but she tells me she “really bonded with this book”! and she uses it all the time. As do I. So just buy it!

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

    I love espresso with chocolate, what tempting cookies!

  10. Sam February 11, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Ah Beryl thank you for this lovely comment and compliment on my beloved cookbook. This has made my day. Im so very happy to hear you and your friend enjoy it. This makes it all so special for me.

  11. healthyvegetarianfoodsUsha February 11, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    These cookies look divine, I am going to try it without the egg. With regards to SAMs books don’t ponder, think, contemplate & etc just go out & buy it, it would make an ideal valentines gift – you will be sorted for meals & treats that are straight from heaven above

  12. Sam February 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Ah Usha, that is extremely kind of you to say x

  13. Linda February 16, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Hi Sam! I baked these cookies for our weekend camping at Jamaka in the Cederberg, and by Sunday morning they were gone!!! Left out the coffee as our twins already have enough energy (hahaha). They must be relish with, but they are seriously the BEST choc chip cookies I’ve ever baked :)))) Thanks you ! Linda xxxx

  14. Sam February 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    That is so awesome to hear Linda, thanks for letting me know (and so cool you have twins, Im the proud aunt of twin boys 🙂

  15. Rod November 2, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Sam, can I ask for clarity on instant expresso powder. have you used something like Nescafe/Moccona instant coffee for this recipe.. My partner loves chocolate and coffee, so they will be perfect for him

  16. Sam November 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    HI Rod, Nescafe / estle make an instant Espresso powder that is available in Woolworths and PnP too I think. Its much stronger than normal instant coffee with very fine granules (powder like that works really well with baking). I haven’t tested it with instant coffee but because the granules are quite coarse I don’t think you will get the same result.

  17. Susan November 30, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    Hi Sam, are these cookies crispy or chewy kind?

  18. Sam November 30, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    HI Susan – they are little crispy. if you bake them shorter they will be chewier though

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