Cafe Mocha Cookies

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    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? :)

    5 from 3 votes

    Cafe Mocha Cookies

    The best of both worlds: coffee AND cookies together!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 13 mins
    Total Time: 23 mins
    Course: Cookies, Dessert
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 3 dozen
    Calories: 399kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and coffee grounds. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
    • 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.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
    • Using a spatula, fold in the mini chocolate chips.
    • Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
    • Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container.


    Nutrition Facts
    Cafe Mocha Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
    Calories 399 Calories from Fat 180
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 20g31%
    Carbohydrates 51g17%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 29g32%
    Protein 5g10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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  • Anne @The Cooking Campaign says:

    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.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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.

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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!

  • Pam says:

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

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    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!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    You know I love these :-)

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    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!

  • Stephanie says:

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

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

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

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

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

  • Carol says:

    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!!

  • Luci's Morsels says:

    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!

  • Maria says:

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

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

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

  • You little temptress. ;)

    These are completely irresistible!

  • Kay says:

    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!

  • Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

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

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!

  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking) says:

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

  • Little Kitchie says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These look like cookie perfection!!

  • Karly says:

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

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says:

    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!

  • Stacy says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • Gaby says:

    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!

  • Kelsey says:

    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!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    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

  • Tracey says:

    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 :)

  • Leslie says:

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

  • marla says:

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

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    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!

  • Nicole @ Youngbrokeandhungry says:

    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.

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says:

    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!!

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks} says:

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

  • Candice says:

    Hi Julie,

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

    • Julie says:

      Soft and fluffy.

  • Lauren {L'amour chez nous} says:

    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!

  • Stefanie says:

    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 :-)

    • Julie says:

      Yay! Welcome :)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    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!!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    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.

  • Angie says:

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

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

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

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    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.

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    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!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

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

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

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

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie says:

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

  • Jessica - The Novice Chef says:

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

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