Chocolate Espresso Cookies

So, most of the time I’m not sure the teenager even remembers that I write this blog.  Sure, she sees me tapping away on the laptop, and stretched out flat on my stomach on the grass taking yet another close-up of a peach or a bowl of spaghetti, but most of the time her mind is on all the other things that swirl through teenage minds.  Taylor Swift.  The next episode of Pretty Little Liars.  The best approach for stretching out her curfew (asking Daddy is always the best bet.)

So I was a little surprised to have this conversation last week:

Teenager:  So Mom, where is the blog post about my prom?

Me: Huh?

Teenager: You know…the prom!  You haven’t blogged about my prom yet.

Me: Honey, you remember that it’s a food blog, right?  Not a prom blog?

Teenager: Mom!  You always figure out how to work pictures of my major life events into the blog.  You aren’t going to skip talking about my PROM, are you????

And she does have a point.  As a matter of fact, I remembered that I did a whole long recap of the junior prom last year, so I started scratching my head about how I could connect some recent recipe with my sweet teenager in her pretty senior prom dress.

It would have to be something delicious and sweet, just like her.

Something special and a little extraordinary and a tiny bit sassy, just like her.

Something CHOCOLATE.  And in this case, chocolate with a little hit of espresso, just enough to give it a little kick of wonderfulness.  A perfect cookie, dusted with a little bit of powdered sugar.  Sweet and special and pretty as a picture.

So here they are, some espresso cookies that are just the right amount of sweet comfort as you watch your baby go off to the prom.  Stay tuned for graduation…now THAT will involve some comfort food.  Sniffle.


Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Melt the first 8 ounces of chocolate with butter in a double boiler or by melting in the microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals until melted. Set aside.
  2. Put brown sugar and melted chocolate in a mixer and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix together flour, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture, beating at the lowest speed until everything is well-combined. Add remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and put int he fridge for a few hours until firm.
  6. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough between your palms into small balls, and place on cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Press the dough balls slightly with your finger or the bottom of a glass to flatten just a little.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, cool and either enjoy as is or sprinkle with powdered sugar.


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  1. Deer Little Fawn says

    Amazing! I'm favouriting this recipe for sure! Chocolate, espresso, cookie combo is definitely a win! And wow to your daughter's dress! She looks pretty, you must be very proud of her :) x

  2. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says

    What a pretty dress! These cookies look delicious. And looking at your yelp reviews, I see we must be neighbors!

  3. Joanne says

    Aww she is just the prettiest thing I've ever seen! And that dress looks PERFECT on her! I think I might cry. Hand over the cookies.

  4. Vicki says

    Beautiful dress on your beautiful daughter! It goes by all too quickly, doesn't it? These cookies sound delish.

  5. Amy says

    Mmmm… chocolate + espresso = YES PLEASE!! I'm going to have to make these this week for sure. Lovely photos, by the way :)

  6. FOODalogue says

    I'm not a baker and not much of a cookie eater but I was intrigued by chocolate and expresso! They look delicious. As does your daughter in that stunning overhead shot!

  7. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) says

    Your daughter is beautiful and those cookies sound fantastic. Coffee does bring out something special in chocolate.

  8. FramedCooks says

    Thanks for your sweet comments, everyone! I'm going to have to eat about a thousand of these cookies once she LEAVES me to go to college in 47 days. Not that I am counting or anything. Wah!

  9. Anonymous says

    These are sooo good! I was so excited to use espresso powder in a recipe. Not sure if this matters but all i had was salted butter and so i didn't add any additional salt. They are amazing and the texture is awesome…reminds me of a fudgy brownie but better….thanks!!

  10. Tina says

    Do i need to melt the butter? It doesn’t say on the instructions. I’m not much of a baker, sorry. Thanks.

  11. Tina says

    Hi, I’ve made this before and it was super delicious! I kinda wanna make it again but with a twist this time. Would a white chocolate chip work in place of the semisweet chocolate for the dough? And should I cut down on the sugar since white chocolate are way sweeter? Thanks!

    • Kate says

      Hi Tina! I’ve never tried these with white chocolate, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! And yes, I would cut down on the sugar by about 25%. Come back and tell us how they turned out!

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