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Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

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Today, celebrating National Cookie Month is all about gifting cookies and I have the perfect recipe to share with my coffee-craving, cookie-loving friends—Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies!

A plate of Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

You guessed it, these cookies have actual chocolate-covered coffee beans inside and they deliver a surprising burst of coffee flavor and crunch in every bite!

I’ve been dying to try the Espresso Powder from King Arthur Flour, so our cookie month project was the perfect opportunity.

A close up of cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

I started with a recipe from one of my Christmas with Southern Living books. Seriously, I have over 20 years of these books and

I LOVE them! I decided to enhance the cookies’ overall chocolate flavor by adding a little Espresso Powder. Trust me, I’ll be making these cookies again…and soon!

A plate of Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies sitting on top of a wooden table

If you’ve explored my blog much at all, you know that one of the things I enjoy most is sharing good food with my family and friends.

I love these cute cupcake/cookie boxes by Wilton — just add some twine or raffia ribbon and you have a really pretty package!

a box of Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

And, here’s a little bonus for today–

Speaking of giving, I couldn’t help sharing this profound speech on the topic by one of my favorite “friends”.

A close up of a plate of Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

The following companies generously sponsored various cookie month projects. I may not have used all of them in my recipes, but this project is in no small part thanks to them and their incredible contributions: Bob’s Red Mill, The Daily Meal, India Tree, KerryGold, King Arthur FlourProduct of GIR, KaTom, SunButter & Wilton.

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Yield: 4 dozen

Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

A plate of Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies with actual chocolate-covered coffee beans inside deliver a surprising burst of coffee flavor and crunch in every bite!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup English toffee bits
  • 1 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans


  1. Cream butter and shortening together at medium speed; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  2. Combine flour and next four ingredients; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in almonds, coffee beans, and toffee bits. Cover and chill dough for one hour.
  3. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 11 minutes or until golden. Cool on cookie sheets 1-2 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Christmas with Southern Living, 1998.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Michelle Adams

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

I just saw your recipe and want to make these for a trip to the beach this weekend. There is no place where we live to get the espresso powder in time to make them for our trip - I will have to order it online when we return. Can I use Espresso Instant coffee powder as a subsitute? Thanks for your help.


Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Michelle, I don't think you'll get the same result with instant coffee because of its coarse grind. IF you do decide to try it instead of espresso powder, I'd suggest you try to grind it a bit more to try to get a finer texture. Let me know if it works!


Thursday 28th of June 2018

Hi, these look amazing! How many cookies does this recipe yield? The recipe says 4 servings but I'm guessing that means a few cookies per serving? I am hoping to make a big batch to share with coworkers but want to make sure I make enough for everyone to get a cookie. Thanks!


Thursday 28th of June 2018

Hi, Christine! My recipe card plugin has been updated recently and I think this should say 4 dozen, not 4 servings. Thanks for asking about that — I’ll update it online.

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Pure Grace Farms

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

Your cookies look amazing Sheila. I love the idea of using espresso powder and the chocolate covered espresso beans. So creative and that packing is downright gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at Foodie Fridays. I look forward to seeing you and your posts again this week. Blessings, Shari


Wednesday 29th of October 2014

Thank you, Shari! It's been an honor working with you and the rest of the team on this cookie month project! Thanks so much for all the encouragement.

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