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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 15 cookies 1x


These espresso chocolate chip cookies are made with a soft and chewy espresso-vanilla dough, melty chocolate chips and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. Basically…heaven.


  • 1 1/2 cups (213 grams*) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • optional: flaky sea salt


  1. Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, espresso powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until combined. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars. Using a separate mixing bowl, either with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugars on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and a pale yellow color, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally as needed.
  3. Combine. Add egg and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredient mixture, and beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand, using a spatula or wooden spoon, until they are evenly combined.
  4. Chill. Transfer the dough to an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2 hours, or until it is chilled through.
  5. Prep oven and baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  6. Bake. Once the cookie dough is completely chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Scoop out and roll dough balls that are 1-inch in diameter. Then place the dough balls on a baking sheet that is covered with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crispy and the tops of the cookies are lightly golden. The centers may look slightly undercooked. Remove the cookies and let them cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt, if you would like.
  7. Serve. Serve warm and enjoy!


Prep time: The prep time listed above does not include the amount of time needed to chill the dough, which can vary depending on your fridge temperature and method. If you would like to speed up the chilling process, you can roll the dough balls and place them on the parchment-covered baking sheet, chill the whole baking sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes until the dough is chilled, then bake.