Kahlua- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Kahlua & Espresso

Yield: About 5 dozen

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Kahlua- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm sure you can imagine that these are wonderful when they're fresh out of the oven... pull apart and bite into those melty chocolate chips. The Kahlua is a nice touch too


2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Tablespoon espresso powder
1 Tablespoon Kahlua
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed firmly
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted & then cooled a bit
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.

3. In a small dish, dissolve espresso powder in Kahlua; set aside.

4. In a large bowl, use electric mixer to cream butter and sugars together. Add Kahlua mixture, eggs and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined. Add cooled, melted chocolate and continue to beat until it’s mixed in. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until all flour is incorporated into the dough, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) 2-inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and no longer look gooey in the middles. Cool completely on wire rack.


*If you don’t have Kahlua, you can sub any other coffee-flavored liqueur. If you don’t wish to add Kahlua at all, just leave it out.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

16 Responses to “Kahlua- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. postedMar 11, 2010 3:09 PM

    These look pretty damn tasty and that’s a killer picture too!

  2. postedSep 7, 2010 7:42 PM

    I tried this Kahlua Choc Chip recipe and the cookies were amazing. Just the right balance of chocolate and espresso. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. postedOct 22, 2010 6:27 PM

    was looking for a kahlua cookie and these are great; easy to make, just that nice mocha undertone!

  4. postedDec 14, 2010 3:39 PM

    These cookies are awesome! The chocolate and espresso are perfectly balanced.

  5. postedMar 29, 2011 3:14 PM

    I just made these and loved them! I did, however, add a kahula chocolate ganache to the top.

  6. postedDec 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    These cookies taste great (so does the cookie dough!). The chips in mine were covered by the dough; none were showing the way they show in your photos so I drizzled mine with semisweet chocolate. I still wonder why mine look so different…did you chill your dough? I plan to make these again soon to see if I can get them to look like you gooey cookies. And so I can eat a bunch. 🙂

    • postedDec 6, 2011 7:18 AM

      Hi Allie, I made the cookies as written, but I always add a few chocolate chips to the tops of a few of them to get a nice photo for the blog 🙂

  7. postedMar 4, 2012 3:51 PM

    Can you substitute espresso powder for regular cocoa powder? Where can I get espresso powder? I am sure these sound like stupid questions, so sorry 🙁 Thanks!


    • postedMar 4, 2012 8:36 PM

      Espresso powder can usually be found near the instant coffee in a regular market. If your market doesn’t have it, ask your manager to order it or check a more gourmet-type market (or Whole Foods).

  8. postedMay 9, 2012 12:07 PM

    It sounds like espresso powder is different than espresso coffee grounds? Can the grounds be used since I do have some gourmet espresso in a package. If it changes the texture I probably wouldn’t want to substitute.

    • postedMay 9, 2012 1:34 PM

      Espresso powder is just like instant coffee (but espresso). So don’t use espresso grounds! You can use instant coffee if you don’t have access to espresso powder.

  9. postedNov 8, 2012 1:42 AM

    How many gram is one cup of butter? Can i substitute expresso powder with coffee powder?

  10. postedDec 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    can I substitute brewed espresso for espresso powder? I’m about to make them and that’s the only thing I’m missing.

    • postedDec 12, 2012 7:46 PM

      I’d maybe just leave it out. The recipe is not meant to have any extra liquid added to it.

  11. postedDec 24, 2012 10:33 PM

    I was thinking about sprinkling some sea salt on them after I pull them out of the oven.

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