dark chocolate espresso cookies on a cooling rack
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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies


Dark chocolate espresso cookies are dangerously good. Filled with rich chocolate and coffee flavors – these will make the perfect dessert for a romantic date night or any special occasion!

Dark chocolate espresso cookies are perfect any time of year but especially descendant around Valentine’s Day. Because what love day celebration is complete without chocolate? If you’re my husband – none!

I’m coming at you today with a seriously chocolatey cookie that is for the ultimate chocolate lover. Dark chocolate espresso cookies are rich in flavor and loaded with 3 different sources of chocolate. If you have a special someone in your life who can’t go a day without chocolate – this is the dessert for you to make them!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies on a cooling rack

Ingredients Needed for Chocolate Espresso Cookies

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs 
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Espresso Powder 
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla
  • Strong Coffee
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
ingredients needed for Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies in clear bowls on a white table

How to Make Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

  1. Start by creaming together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Then add in your eggs and mix until just incorporated.
  2. Next, add in the vanilla and some strong coffee. I usually just what is leftover from coffee that morning and that works just fine. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl sift together all the dry ingredients. Add to the wet and mix until everything comes together.
  4. Next, we move onto the chocolate. I used a Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate bar – you can use any chocolate bar with any amount of dark chocolate that you like. Give the bar a rough chop and mix it into the batter. I love using a bar of chocolate instead of chips because it just melts into puddles of chocolate – large and small in every bite.
  5. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop (this one is my fav) and place it on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours if you want to make it ahead of time.
  6. Place in the oven and bake away!

What Types of Chocolate Can Be Put Into These Cookies?

If that chocolate just isn’t enough for you – you can add in another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. I added white chocolate chips in a batch because I am a white chocolate FAN, and loved the contrasting flavors. But you can go milk, semi-sweet, dark, or just leave it at the chopped bar. Totally up to you.

single dark chocolate cookie on a white plate with a spoon of espresso powder next to it

How to Store Cookies

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.

How to Freeze Cookies

Once the cookies are cooled completely. Place in a freezer-safe zip-top bag, container, or vacuum seal.

Place in the freezer for 3 months (or a year if vacuum-sealed). Remove from freezer and place on a platter and allow to come to room temp when ready to enjoy. Chocolate dipped cookies can be stored the same way. 

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Dark chocolate espresso cookies are not for the faint of heart. Take that special someone’s breath away with a thoughtful dessert for Valentine’s night. Everyone loves cookies and everyone loves the thought of a homemade dessert just for them. Tag me on Instagram at @fuelingasouthernsoul so I can see all your creations!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 

-Charles M. Schulz

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Dark chocolate espresso cookies on white table and cooling rack

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

  • Author: Heather
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x


Dark chocolate espresso cookies are dangerously good. Filled with rich chocolate and coffee flavors – these will make the perfect dessert for a romantic Valentine’s night!


  • 1/2 Cup Butter – softened
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs 
  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Of Espresso Powder 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Strong Coffee
  • 13.5 Ounce Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bar – roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer add your butter and beat until smooth. Add in the sugars and mix until creamy and fluffy – 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Add in coffee and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add in flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, soda. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix.
  6. Add in the chopped chocolate bar and chips and mix until everything is incorporated. The dough will be sticky.
  7. Scoop with a cookie scoop onto a lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  8. Once chilled, place in the oven for 11-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!


  • If you do not like dark chocolate, you can add whichever chocolate bar you like.
  • For the 1/2 cup chips added in – you can add dark chocolate, semi-sweet, milk, white, or even peanut butter chips. Whatever you like. Or you can leave it out altogether and just enjoy the chopped chocolate bar. It is a versatile recipe for the add-ins!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 60
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 51.6 mg
  • Fat: 3.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.7 mg

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  1. Kayla Fallen

    My dough came out runny. Will it thicken up once it chills?

    • Oh no! Hmmm. It is more of a stickier and wetter dough – was it like that or actually runny? But yes chilling the dough will definitely help and is needed. Let me know if they turned out.

  2. Have you ever added mini marshmallows and graham crackers to turn this into a s’more cookie?
    Thanks & have a great day!

  3. The flavor is good but my turned out more cake like and chewy.


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