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Mmm, chewy, fudgy, chocolaty cookies…with whole coffee beans!  The idea for these cookies came to me out of the blue; I mentioned chocolate covered coffee beans in this post and since then couldn’t get them out of my head.  Instead of making them, I decided to turn the idea into a cookie…because really, you can’t have too many cookie recipes this time of year.  ;)

A Word of Caution:  These cookies provide a nice little jolt of caffeine so be mindful about what time of day you’re eating them!

A Second Word of Caution & A Note on the Whole Coffee Beans:  You can use any good quality roasted whole coffee beans you like in this recipe.  Using whole beans not only gives these cookies a nice coffee flavor, but also adds a nice crunch – but be sure to warn people that there are whole coffee beans in them so they don’t chip a tooth!  If you prefer, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered instant coffee for a similar flavor effect without the crunch or risk for an emergency visit to the dentist.  ;)

Who knew cookies needed two words of caution?!  Lol!

A Note on the Bake Time:  These cookies have a great chewy texture if they’re cooked perfectly, but be careful not to over-bake them or they’ll be cakey; I like to err on the side of a little doughy rather than cakey. 

Chocolate Coffee Bean Cookies

Yields 3 dozen cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

8 oz sour cream

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (3.5 oz) good quality dark chocolate bar, chopped

1/4 cup good quality roasted whole coffee beans

Preheat oven to 350F; line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners.

Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together the butter, sour cream, egg, vanilla, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.  Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet.  Fold in the chopped chocolate and coffee beans.  Cover the dough and put it in the freezer to stiffen a little, about 10 minutes.

Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon measure to scoop out the dough into balls onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake until the edges are set and the tops don’t feel sticky, about 12 minutes.  Cool completely on the trays before removing.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. When you have a quickie moment check out details for the Chocolate Adventure Contest I have posted at FFC ~ I am sure you could come up with AMAZING submissions!

  2. Yum! These look awesome. I need to make my husband a tin or 2 of cookies to bring to work before the holidays and these would be perfect!

  3. These look so rich and decadent, Faith. :-) I would love those crunchy little bits to surprise me. :-)

  4. i generally prefer my caffeine in liquid form, but i can’t resist a chocolate cookie. i like the way these look, faith!

  5. I would never, in a million years, think of putting coffee beans in a chocolate cookie but it sounds wonderful! I love the coffee/chocolate combo and this looks like a great way to do it.

  6. Two of my favorite things in one cookie – chocolate and coffee. They sound great!

  7. These do look amazing so chocolaty and chewy and moist! Would need to make them soon!

  8. I love munching on chocolate-covered espresso beans and the only suitable replacement could be these cookies! They look delicious!

  9. My daughter would be in heaven if I made these for her, Faith!

  10. Wow! These look awesomely good! So Christmas-y!

  11. What a brilliant idea for cookies Faith! I love the combination of coffee and chocolate. I can almost taste the crunch just looking at your beautiful pictures.

  12. These look amazingly tasty. I absolutely cannot resist anything homemade with dark chocolate involved. I’ve made a raw chocolate dessert before as well as baked chocolate cookies, but have never thought to add whole coffee beans. Will let you know how it turns out :)

  13. Hi Faith, these are delicious looking, fudgy, chocolaty, cookies with chunky coffee beans that I’d like to treat myself to! I think they will also be perfect homemade cookies to send out to friends and family during the holiday. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  14. Very cool idea, using the whole beans! You are so creative in the kitchen. Seriously I can’t WAIT to get my mitts on your cookbook.

  15. These cookies look and sound delicious… Definitely worth the risk ;)

  16. I recently made bars with ground coffee (vs espresso) and absolutely loved it! I bet these cookies are amazing. Coffee and chocolate are meant to be together

  17. Those look amazing! A fabulous flavor combination.



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