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Cafe Mocha Cookies

To say I love coffee is an understatement. Every morning, I wake up and the first thing on my mind is, “ugh, gotta go to work, but I get COFFEE.” So sad, isn’t it? Coffee makes it so much easier to get through a workday. Some days, I wish I could have an IV hooked up to me that gave me shots of coffee every 3 hours. I used to not be so bad with coffee – like those caffeine headaches, I thought those were for people who were highly caffeinated  every day, like 4-5 cups of coffee a day kind of people, but no, they’re for anyone drinking coffee regularly and I slowly started to realize that I do get those headaches too! I have a threshold of 2-3 hours. If I don’t have coffee within the first 2-3 hours of waking up, I’m so done for for the rest of the day. I’m like useless. I just lay lifelessly in bed and pray my pounding headache goes away. I love coffee so much though that there is no way I could give it up!

I’ve always been OBSESSED with the smell of coffee. When I was in high school, I wanted to work at a bookstore because there was a coffee shop in there. I really wanted to work at Starbucks but I knew I couldn’t handle all those strange coffee orders that some people had. Alas, none of those happened and I ended up working at a BBQ restaurant, haha.

Not only do I love the smell, I obviously LOVE the FLAVOR. If there was anything mocha or coffee flavored, I’d immediately order it. Coffee ice cream is SO good.

The first time I ever had coffee in a cookie was when I made my Anderson Cooper Compost Cookies. I believe that is the cookie that changed my life. The coffee grounds MAKE the cookie. Which is why I came up with this cookie – the cafe mocha. If you love remotely anything about coffee, you will simply adore these cookies. They’re the perfect amount of coffee flavor and they smell so good. I think I ate more batter than I care to admit. It was really hard to resist. I’m a die-hard coffee lover and these cookies hit the spot.

Grab a glass of milk and you could potentially make these a cafe mocha latte cookies? :)

Cafe Mocha Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 3 sticks (1½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour (you may use AP flour instead if you don't have it on hand)
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1½ heaping tbsp. coffee grounds (fine or coarse)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and coffee grounds. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container.



  1. 03/11/2013 at 6:22 am

    Holy Mocha these look good. I started to realize that I was way too depended on coffee a couple of years ago and gave it up…. and when I say gave it up I mean I only drink it like twice a month now. But coffee in cookies, ice cream and cake totally don’t count.

  2. 03/11/2013 at 7:53 am

    Coffee in a cookie is the perfect pairing. These are gorgeous too!

  3. 03/11/2013 at 8:44 am

    I get those headaches if I have one small bottle or can of caffeinated soda so I try to avoid it but I do love most things coffee flavored and omg we should’ve paired your cookies with my ice cream (and Tracey’s cupcakes!) coffee goodness all around.

  4. 03/11/2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m hopelessly and happily addicted to coffee. Love the taste, smell, and effects, so why quit a good thing? lol. I’m a huge fan of coffee in my desserts, and I love how fluffy and fat these mocha cookies look. Can’t wait to try them with a big glass of milk…or with my coffee at breakfast!

  5. Pam
    03/11/2013 at 9:11 am

    These cookies are really good! The coffee and chocolate flavor are such a great combo.

  6. 03/11/2013 at 9:20 am

    So since that has coffee in it- I can make them for breakfast right?? I love how big and puffy they are! Bread flour does amazing things in cookies!

  7. 03/11/2013 at 9:22 am

    You know I love these :-)

  8. 03/11/2013 at 9:27 am

    Wow! These need to happen in my kitchen very soon! When I was in University I had to have my chocolate covered coffee beans ;-) these would have been a million times better!

  9. 03/11/2013 at 9:40 am

    Yes yes yes! Can’t wait to try this out. =)

  10. 03/11/2013 at 9:41 am

    I would love one of these for breakfast!!! Or with a scoop of ice cream. ;)

  11. 03/11/2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m down with any combination of coffee and chocolate. These looks incredible, Julie!

  12. 03/11/2013 at 9:54 am

    Excited to try these out! I feel exactly the same way about coffee. Even named my blog after the wonderful nectar! Thanks for the recipe!!

  13. 03/11/2013 at 9:58 am

    My story about coffee is similar. I’ve only been drinking about 4 years. I never thought those headaches would come. But now they do. And it’s not usually the caffeine I crave, it’s the taste…

    These cookies look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  14. 03/11/2013 at 10:14 am

    I am not a coffee drinker, but I am a cookie eater! Love these!

  15. 03/11/2013 at 10:14 am

    I feel the same way about coffee each morning! Why not have coffee and cookies!

  16. 03/11/2013 at 10:28 am

    You little temptress. ;)

    These are completely irresistible!

  17. Kay
    03/11/2013 at 10:35 am

    Yum these look delicious! I’ve used instant coffee in brownies before but never in cookies, I will have to try this recipe out soon!

  18. 03/11/2013 at 10:51 am

    Yum, these look so delicious! It’s funny even though I’m not a coffee drinker, I LOVE all kinds of coffee flavored desserts:)

  19. 03/11/2013 at 10:55 am

    Hi, my name is Heather and I am a coffee-a-holic. Seriously. I am a 4-5 cup a day person that runs crippled for bed without it. Also, I super-steriotypically (living in Seattle) worked at Starbucks in high-school. I was pretty much caffeine high all the time!I was just thinking yesterday- I bet the highschool me could never get a job there now! It is a very big deal to be a barrista in Seattle- they are majorly swamped like their entire shift!

  20. 03/11/2013 at 10:58 am

    So delicious! I’ll take a dozen please :) xoxo

  21. 03/11/2013 at 11:18 am

    Coffee goes so well with chocolate and these cookies look great!

  22. 03/11/2013 at 11:40 am

    Chocolate and coffee are such a perfect combo! Love these – definitely going to try!

  23. 03/11/2013 at 11:59 am

    These sound SO GOOD, Julie! I love coffee and cookies equally so this is the most magical thing ever. YUM.

  24. 03/11/2013 at 12:30 pm

    These look like cookie perfection!!

  25. 03/11/2013 at 12:41 pm

    Julie, those cookies look so thick and chewy and perfect!

  26. 03/11/2013 at 1:01 pm

    These look like the perfect cookie to try coffee in for the first time. ;)

    Man, I’m glad I never got addicted to coffee/caffeine! My hubs gets no coffee headaches as well. I’m trying to ween him off with caffeinated green tea and then eventually he’ll (hopefully) wind up drinking nothing but my decaf green tea. It might be easier said than done though. Ha!

  27. Stacy
    03/11/2013 at 1:26 pm

    Someone mentioned instant coffee and it got me to wondering – are the coffee grounds used in this recipe instant, or regular? Since it didn’t specify, I assumed regular old ground coffee, but am afraid if I try it now, I’ll end up with weird grainy cookies, so wanted to confirm.

    I’ve also never used bread flour in cookies, but am willing to try it for these – those pictures look delicious! Can you explain what difference that makes in the cookies, if I am not able to get my hands on some before I start baking?

    Thank you!

    • 03/11/2013 at 1:52 pm

      They’re regular coffee grounds. Bread flour in cookies make it softer and chewier. This particular cookie is just soft and fluffy, it’s not chewy; but when recipes for chewy cookies contain bread flour, bread flour can help with it.

  28. 03/11/2013 at 1:55 pm

    omg can we still be friends if I tell you that I hate drinking coffee? I love it in sweets – but I can’t seem to drink it! Unless it’s laced with a ton of flavors like vanilla, milk, etc! I’m weird. Clearly I’m an alien.

    BUT I would LOVE these cookies!! Chocolate and coffee is a match made in heaven. Especially in a cookie!

  29. 03/11/2013 at 2:27 pm

    I think we’re coffee twins! I wake up every morning and cannot wait for my coffee–I don’t just need it, I enjoy it. I try not to think about the fact that my caffeine headaches are probably minor withdrawal symptoms. YIKES!

    These cookies look fantastic. I can’t wait to try them out!

  30. I absolutely love the smell of coffee too. It has to be one of the best smells in the world!! And I love coffee infused desserts so these cookies would be right up my alley, although I would enjoy they with a cup of tea! LOL

  31. 03/11/2013 at 2:47 pm

    Ugh, I get caffeine headaches too, they are the worst! I don’t actually drink coffee but I love anything coffee flavored, and these cookies sound awesome! Love how thick they are :)

  32. 03/11/2013 at 2:59 pm

    I too am completely obsessed with coffee and coffee anything! These cookies….OH YES!

  33. 03/11/2013 at 3:12 pm

    Some much great flavor in one batch of cookies ~ Mmmmmmmmm count me in!

  34. 03/11/2013 at 4:54 pm

    I am with you on coffee. I used to force myself to wait until I got to work to drink it as a way to motivate myself to actually get there! These cookies sound delicious and I love how thick they are!

  35. 03/11/2013 at 5:23 pm

    I can’t drink coffee without tons of milk and sugar or some kind of flavoring. In sweets though, I am all over it. These cookies look like they are dying for a tall glass of milk.

  36. 03/11/2013 at 5:31 pm

    I am the same way with Diet Coke. If I don’t get it, I get headaches. So I have been on this juice cleanse and trying to give up my addiction. If only I can make it into a cookie… These look great!!

  37. 03/11/2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love coffee and chocolate anything. I make a similar blondie. Thanks for yet another awesome cooke recipe for my “to make” list!

  38. Candice
    03/11/2013 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I LOVE coffee too! =) I can’t wait to make these cookies. It looks delicious. What’s the texture of the cookie?

    • 03/11/2013 at 8:21 pm

      Soft and fluffy.

  39. 03/11/2013 at 7:54 pm

    I am so happy when I hear how much others are obsessed with coffee like I am! And yes, caffeine headaches can come on to people who drink only one to two cups a day… I certainly get them. Can’t wait to try out your mocha mint mix!

  40. Stefanie
    03/11/2013 at 8:01 pm

    I found your blog through pinterest, your Holy Yum Chicken specifically, and I’m looking through your archives, and we’re like palate twins. I want to eat everything you’ve cooked!! New follower here :-)

    • 03/11/2013 at 8:20 pm

      Yay! Welcome :)

  41. 03/12/2013 at 1:06 am

    Oh man, these look fantastic! I’m not totally addicted to coffee, but I do enjoy it a couple of times a week and most certainly in baked goods!!

  42. 03/12/2013 at 10:40 am

    Julie, I’m with you! Knowing that I will have coffee when I get to the office is what motivates me to get out of bed!! Nothing as soothing as the warm cup of coffee, especially on rainy days like today. :) These cookies look wonderful Julie! I love all your cookie recipes. You looked beautiful at your shower – I saw a few pictures on FB.

  43. 03/12/2013 at 5:23 pm

    What a great idea to add coffee to chocolate chip cookies, I’m going to have to do this soon!

  44. 03/12/2013 at 6:53 pm

    Oh yes!!! They look so fluffy and delicious.

  45. 03/12/2013 at 10:26 pm

    We are SO on the same page when it comes to coffee – I’m hooked! But I think these cookies could easily become another addiction.

  46. 03/12/2013 at 10:37 pm

    I LOVE coffee too…totally pulls me out of bed in the morning..these cookies sound delicious! I love how thick and soft they look! Can’t wait to try these out!

  47. 03/12/2013 at 11:01 pm

    I need these. After a day like today, I need chocolate and lots of coffee and cookies – win – win – win – WIN!!

  48. 03/13/2013 at 11:38 am

    These cookies look so mouthwatering, Julie! Perfect for dunking into a hot cup of coffee… Thanks for sharing.

  49. 03/13/2013 at 7:55 pm

    It’s like you are describing my love…or addiction for coffee. Your cookies look so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  50. 03/13/2013 at 9:57 pm

    These sound so amazing and I love how big they are!! :)

  51. 03/14/2013 at 9:33 am

    I always look forward to my morning cup of coffee and my afternoon and my evening… but I’d love it more if it was with one {or three} of these cookies! LOVE!

  52. 03/14/2013 at 11:45 am

    These are perfect! I’m a totally coffee addict, it’s one of the few foods I don’t think I could ever give up. These cookies look great with a big latte!

  53. 03/14/2013 at 2:22 pm

    Okay, I fell in LOVE with your Anderson Cooper compost cookies, but I think I have a new love–these mocha cookies look to die for! So chewy and puffy and PERFECT. Love that hint of coffee to bring out that luscious chocolate flavor.

  54. 03/14/2013 at 9:19 pm

    I love how thick these cookies are! And, obviously, the coffee. I wasn’t so into it until I got married, and there was coffee ready every morning. Now, I’m addicted too. Love the idea of these cookies!

  55. 03/15/2013 at 12:35 am

    Hi Julie! I’m obsessed with the smell of coffee. I love getting good coffee, but once I get good one, I’m searching to see if there is even better coffee. Completely addicted. I saw this on Pinterest and I needed to get the recipe. They look so good!

  56. 03/15/2013 at 3:52 am

    Oh yum your cookies sound delicious, I love anything mocha flavoured!

  57. 03/15/2013 at 7:23 am

    My boyfriend is an absolut coffee-addict, I think I might have to make these cookies for him ;) Great site by the way, I love it! Just discovered it, luckily :D
    Take care!

  58. 03/16/2013 at 7:30 pm

    That first swallow of coffee in the morning is bliss. A true “Ahhhhhh” moment. Other drinks, even hot drinks, just don’t do that for me. It is an addiction (the headaches are symptoms of withdrawal) but there are so many worse things to be addicted to. I’ll stick with my double espresso breakfast.Everything about these cookies is wonderful! I love the favors and the fluffy texture (cake-like?).

  59. Jess
    03/19/2013 at 5:00 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe. I used hazlenut decaf coffee….absolutely everything about them was perfect.

  60. 03/23/2013 at 11:04 pm

    These sound delicious! I love my coffee in the morning too… and I cannot resist a chocolate chip cookie. Have you tried instant coffee instead of coffee grounds?

    • 03/24/2013 at 8:56 am

      No, I haven’t tried instant coffee but I imagine it’d come out just the same.

  61. sharona
    05/25/2013 at 9:54 pm

    Do you think ground espresso would work in these?

  62. Teena
    08/14/2013 at 4:31 am

    I made these cookies today and mine came out puffy. Is that because of the bread flour? How yours on the picture look a little more spread out and flatter while mine are puffy like biscuits. They came out cooked though after 13 mins in the oven. Please advise. I am wondering too if I should try it with just APF next time and see what it looks like.

    • 08/14/2013 at 9:27 am

      Hmm, that’s odd, Teena! No, the bread flour should just give the cookie better texture. When you scooped the cookie onto the cookie sheet, maybe next time press it down with your fingers a bit to flatten it so it’ll bake flatter? That’s the only thing I can think of. Another is, maybe altitude? Not sure where you live, but altitude *could* affect the outcome of baked goods. I’m sorry yours didn’t turn out the way you hoped. I sure hope you give it another try!

  63. Linda Heironimus
    11/02/2013 at 11:11 pm

    Can you please explain your coffee grounds? Are you talking about unbrewed coffee or the grounds left after brewing? This is probably a dumb question, but to me, coffee grounds are what’s left after coffee is brewed. Would not want to use the wrong thing and mess these up…they sound delicious. Thank you.

    • 11/03/2013 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Linda! Yes, unbrewed coffee grounds. Sorry that wasn’t more clear! Hope you enjoy :)

      • Linda Heironimus
        11/03/2013 at 1:38 pm

        Thanks Julie. I was certain that it was unbrewed coffee. It’s just that all my life I’ve only heard of “grounds” being related to after the brewing! So I was a bit hesitant to assume one way or the other. I make cookies at my church a lot and will definitely be trying these along with the “Compost Cookie”. I too love the salty-sweet combination. I also use graham cracker crumbs in most every cookie I bake, but never the graham cracker crust. Little differences can make a good cookie into an unforgettable cookie! One friend commented when eating one of my experimental cookies that “the only thing that could make these any better is to eat them two at a time”, which he did!! We all still laugh at that.

      • 11/03/2013 at 8:53 pm

        I hope you make and enjoy this! I hope your church friends will enjoy this too. I love salty-sweet so I’m positive you’ll love the compost cookies :) I will not turn down eating two cookies at a time ;) hehe


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