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Chocolate Espresso Cookies |

Chocolate Espresso Cookies

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes plus chill time
  • Yield: 35 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: dessert


These Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies are buttery, crisp, loaded with dark chocolate and will give you a little extra pep in your step! Just mix, roll, slice and bake!


  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature*
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bits


  1. Using an electric or stand mixer, cream the butter until soft.
  2. Add both sugars, espresso powder, salt, and vanilla extract, then beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and mix on low until just incorporated, then mix in chocolate. Do not overmix.
  4. Scrape the dough on to a large piece of plastic wrap and form it into a log about 3 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly, then chill for at least 2 hours. (The dough can be made up until this point and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.)
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  6. Slice the cookies into 1/2-inch rounds, then place them on the pans one inch apart. Bake until they just start to turn golden around the edges, about 18 minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


*These cookies turn out best when made with a European butter with at least 82% butterfat, and even better if the butter is cultured. If using salted butter, omit the added salt. 

Keywords: christmas, cookies, espresso, chocolate, shortbread