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A golden brown cookie sitting on a table in front of a cookie tray and it's split in half with ooey gooey chocolate in the middle.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Katie
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 3.5 Dozen 1x


Espresso chocolate chip cookies loaded with dark chocolate chips and warm notes of molasses and cardamom. These make for an easy and delicious afternoon pick-me-up snack.


  • 1 cup dairy-free salted butter, room temperature

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature *can sub flax egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup dark fancy molasses

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon cardamom

  • ¼ cup instant espresso powder

  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour *can sub gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend

  • 1 ½ cups dairy-free dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream butter and sugars on high for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.

  3. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, and molasses and mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  4. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, instant espresso powder, and salt into a bowl and mix on low until fully incorporated and dough forms.

  5. Mix the dark chocolate chips in by hand with a spatula.

  6. Using a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop drop onto parchment-lined cookie trays approximately 2 inches apart and bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown and the centers appear just slightly under-baked.

  7. Let cool on the tray for at least 10 minutes before removing it to a cookie rack. Enjoy!


* These cookies will spread quite a bit when baking. If you want a thicker cookie, chill the dough for 2 hours before baking.

* Can be made gluten-free by using a gluten free 1:1 all-purpose flour baking blend

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American