Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes approximately 3 dozen

2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

Submitted by Tracie L.

As a native Seattleite, it’s no surprise that I LOVE my espresso! – Tracie L.

Because there’s coffee in it, that means we can eat this cookie for breakfast, right? See all five 2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winners.


  • Cookie Dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (may substitute non-dairy butter), at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs (may use egg replacer)
  • 11 oz (2 1/4 cups) chopped chocolate, about 1/3-inch pieces
  • Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (may substitute non-dairy butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional garnish:
  • pearl sugar


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugars in a large bowl until smooth. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, until blended. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture and beat until incorporated. With a spatula, fold in chocolate chunks.
  4. Drop 2-tablespoon portions of dough onto lined baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make frosting, combine cocoa, coffee, melted butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable. (Optional: sift the powdered sugar before adding it.)
  6. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Or transfer frosting to a piping bag or zip-top bag. Cut 1/8 inch off at the tip, and pipe the frosting starting in the center of each cookie. Garnish with pearl sugar.


Amount Per Serving (based on 36 servings)
Calories: 220
Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 60 mg
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 21 g
Protein: 2 g
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Ratings and Reviews

“Wonderful! used semi sweet chocolate!! will make again!!!”
“I love these cookies! my new favorite!!! ”
“We made a dozen types of treats for the holiday this year. these are thevdefinte crowd favorite!!!”
“A dark chocolate 64% or higher would be ideal.”
“There is no indication of what kind of chocolate to use in the recipes. semi sweet? unsweetened? bittersweet?”

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