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Chocolate Espresso Fudge Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Fudge Cookies

Another cookie my dad would love. Or did love. Yes, lucky guy, he got some of these too.

These cookies are irresistible. Dense and chewy, a brownie in cookie form. With a shot of espresso. Chocolate and espresso have a way of bringing out the best in each other, never has that been more apparent than in this recipe. The espresso makes the chocolate taste darker, richer. The chocolate makes the espresso sweeter and more robust. Just don’t eat them before bedtime.

But what you’re probably wondering is, what’s with the influx of cookie recipes, lately? I’m backlogged with them, I tell you. I think, over the holidays, I had the realization that this blog was seriously lacking in the cookie section. Cupcakes? 49. Cookies? 19. I sense a gross injustice.

Don’t think this is the end of it either. I’ve got more cookies waiting in the wings. You have to give me some credit for trying to space them out in between soups and salads and such, but oh, I’ve got plenty of cookies. Call it equal-opportunity baking, if you will.

You’ll thank me next November.

Chocolate Espresso Fudge Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts (optional - I left these out)


Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two large heavy baking sheets.

In a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup chocolate chips, and butter, stirring until smooth, and remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs, sugar, and espresso on high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beaters are lifted, about 3 minutes, and beat in chocolate mixture. Into mixture sift in flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until just combined. Stir in remaining chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop batter by heaping tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets and bake in batched in middle of oven 8 to 10 minutes, or until puffed and cracked on top. Cool cookies in baking sheets 1 minute and transfer to racks to cool completely.

Recipe from Epicurious.

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  1. 1
    Posted On March 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    mmm thanks for the recipe! bout to make these for my pops for his bday.


  2. 2
    Posted On March 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    a cookie after my own heart! these look scrumptious!


  3. 3
    Posted On March 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Oooo yummy!


  4. 4
    Posted On March 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Love these. And your mug, too. YUM. But definitely not before bed.


  5. 5
    Posted On March 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    First time on your blog and I love it! Im def going to try these cookies.

    I would like to link u to my cooking blog if you’d like. Let me know

    – Dani


  6. 6
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 12:00 am

    They look terrific! Keep ’em coming…we will all be looking for them in November :)


  7. 7
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Those just look amazing. I love the crinkle tops; crinkle-top cookies automatically taste better!


  8. 8
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Wish I had for breakfast with MY coffee right now!!! Serisously


  9. 9
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I’m sold! Another thing for the to do list this weekend!


  10. 10
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    do you think i could sub instant coffee powder?

    LOVE that mug by the way!


    • Posted On March 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm


  11. 11
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    These cookies look sooo amazing!! I love espresso powder in baked goods. Mmmm…I can’t wait to give these a try! :)


  12. 12
    Posted On March 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Cookies are about home, mom, love, life. One can never have too many cookies. This one looks delicious. Served too strong coffee to your mom and dad this morning, will be perfect for these cookies. Happy Birthday!


  13. 13
    Posted On March 5, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I just made cookies a few days ago, but I think I have to give these a try. I just love chocolate and coffee.


  14. 14
    Posted On March 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Now this looks like my kind of wake up call!


  15. 15
    Posted On March 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    These look delicious! I’ve been baking cookies lately too, for a while it seemed like bread recipes were taking over my blog


  16. 16
    Posted On March 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I love the idea of these cookies, but I have a strong aversion to powdered coffee. Do you think I could use real espresso?


  17. 17
    Posted On March 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Made these cookies today, I am officially the best mom on the planet today, thanks for the recipe……devine!!


  18. 18
    Posted On March 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I couldn’t resist. Went and bought espresso powder and these cookies are AH-mazing!


  19. 19
    Posted On March 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I’m such a sucker for crinkly outside cookies. These sound so yummy!


  20. 20
    Posted On March 7, 2011 at 2:49 am

    this sounds like my kind of cookie!


  21. 21
    Posted On March 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I <3 cookies. Especially brownies that are disguised as cookies. With espresso. Droooollll


  22. 22
    Posted On March 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

    WOW. Stunning picture. I will be dreaming about these cookies!


  23. 23
    Posted On March 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I love this mug! where did you find it!??


  24. 24
    Posted On March 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Just made these last night and they’re SOOOOOO delicious! Like brownie and cookie form. Though I did make the mistake of munching on a few samples before bed… and two hours later I was still awake… WORTH IT! :)


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    Posted On March 25, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Absolutely lovely – you know, they work with gluten-free flour!!

    In another note – I have been looking for a mug like that for ages – can you tell me where you got it??


    • Posted On March 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

      Mug was a gift from my aunt – we also have one that says “BEGIN”. Maybe if she’s reading she can chime in… Sal? Care to share?

  26. 26
    Posted On April 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I made these today and they are addictive, gorgeous, and so ridiculously tasty. My sweetheart loves them, too! The irresistible scent of chocolate and espresso filled the entire kitchen while in the oven… thank goodness they bake so quickly. ;) Amazing recipe!


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