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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins

The best of both worlds: coffee AND cookies together!

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Servings: 3 dozen
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 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.



Posted on March 11, 2013

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 03/15/2013 at 3:52 am

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?).

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

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

  10. 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.

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

    Do you think ground espresso would work in these?

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 05/08/2015 at 11:22 am

    THanks for the recipe, Julie! Can’t wait to try it. Is there a gluten free option?

    • Julie
      05/11/2015 at 6:16 am

      Hi, no there isn’t. If there was, I would’ve posted it!

  15. Melissa
    04/13/2016 at 1:38 pm

    Yum! I used butterscotch chips instead and they were delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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