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Chocolate Espresso Cookies

This post was sponsored by SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker. All opinions expressed are my own.

These soft and chewy gourmet chocolate espresso cookies are made using a chocolate chip cookie base with espresso powder. Craft bean-to-bar SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao chocolate baking chunks are folded into this cookie, creating superior and complex flavors, thanks to the fine cacao at the heart of the chocolate.

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Melted on top of these chocolate espresso cookies is a coarsely chopped SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao chocolate baking bar to elevate the presentation and flavor of this cookie. To top it all off, sea salt is sprinkled on top of these cookies to bring out the well-balanced flavors of the chocolate and espresso.

What is Craft Chocolate?

SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker pioneered the American craft chocolate movement and still stands as the richest, most flavorful chocolate. For 25 years, SCHARFFEN BERGER has been crafting fine chocolate from bean-to-bar. The artisan process allows the true flavors of the cacao bean to shine through, instead of being masked by sugar and other unnecessary additives. Visit their website for how to purchase this chocolate and to start baking with this American-made, Rainforest Alliance Certified sustainable chocolate.

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Co-Founder John Scharffenberger brought winemaking experience to the table from the very beginning and created truly delicious craft chocolate that balances the flavors of chocolate, fruit, spice, floral, tobacco, leather, woody, and earthy tones. Creating craft chocolate is a complex process that requires skill, and it is all done in Ashland, Oregon.

SCHARRFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker chocolate baking chunks, bars, and cocoa powder can be purchased on their website and shipped directly to your home!

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What Ingredients are in Chocolate Espresso Cookies?

  • SCHARRFEN BERGER 62% Semisweet Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks – these chocolate chunks are folded into the cookie batter so that there is a delicious chocolate chunk in every bite.
  • SCHARRFEN BERGER 62% Semisweet Baking Chocolate Baking Bar – this bar gets coarsely chopped and sprinkled onto the tops of the cookies before baking to create a melted and chocolatey top when fresh out of the oven.
  • Browned butter – Browned butter brings out a delicious nutty flavor in baked goods. It’s relatively easy to do and it takes less than 10 minutes to fill your kitchen with a buttery nutty aroma.
  • All-purpose flour – spooned & leveled. Gently stirring the flour and then spooning it into a dry ingredient measuring cup and leveling it off with the back of a spoon eliminates overpacking the flour in baking recipes by up to 50%! That means less dense cookies and less of a flour taste in recipes.
  • Dark brown sugar – it makes a big difference than using light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar contains more molasses and will give the cookie a more complex flavor that will match perfectly with the chocolate used in this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar – thanks to granulated sugar this cookie will have edges that are crisp and helps contribute to the chewy texture.
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  • Eggs – This recipe for chocolate espresso cookies uses 1 egg and 1 egg yolk. The reason for this is to create an extra rich and velvety texture to the cookie. The extra yolk is to thank for the satisfying texture.
  • Vanilla extract – use real vanilla extract in this cookie. Paired with SCHARRFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker’s superior chocolate, this cookie will elevate your everyday chocolate chip cookie baking process.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Espresso Powder – if you can’t get your hands on espresso powder, opt for instant coffee granules. If using instant coffee granules, up the quarter cup to one-third. It takes a little more to match the flavor of espresso powder.
  • Sea salt – If this cookie wasn’t already over the top, sprinkling some sea salt fresh out of the oven accents the delicious chocolate flavor.
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How to Make Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Make the brown butter – The first step to making these chocolate espresso cookies is to prepare the butter for browning. To do this all you need is unsalted butter, a skillet, and a stovetop burner.

Add the butter to a skillet and turn the burner on low. Once the butter has melted, increase the heat to medium-low and stir the melted butter constantly. Once the butter starts to foam, brown bits will start to form.

Continue stirring until the butter has turned a light caramel color and there is a nutty aroma. Quickly pour the mixture into a heat-safe bowl to prevent the butter from burning in the skillet. Allow the butter to cool before using it to make your cookie dough.

Cream the sugars with the butter- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the cooled brown butter together with the granulated and dark brown sugar. Beat until the mixture is well mixed and creamy.

Add the eggs and vanilla – Add the egg and the extra egg yolk one at a time. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until just combined. Avoid overbeating, as this will result in a dense texture for the cookies. The mixture should be frothy.

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Sift the dry ingredients – Scoop the all-purpose flour into a measuring cup by using a spoon and level it off without packing it down by using the back of the spoon. Sift the flour together with the espresso powder, salt, and baking soda.

Combine the ingredients – Add a third of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, beating until combined. Continue adding the dry mixture in thirds and beat until just incorporated.

Fold in the chocolate chunks – Gently fold in the SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao dark chocolate baking chunks.

Scoop the cookie dough and chill – Scoop the cookie dough by either 1.5 tablespoons or by using a #40 cookie scoop. Transfer the prepared cookie dough to the refrigerator and chill for at least thirty minutes. You can chill overnight but allow the cookie dough to sit out on the counter for 15-20 minutes before baking if you do this.

Bake the Chocolate Espresso Cookies – Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and give two inches of space between each cookie. Flatten the cookies with the back of a spoon slightly and press coarsely chopped SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao chocolate into the tops of the cookies.

Stacks of cookie with melted chocolate on top resting on a round cooling rack.

Bake for ten to twelve minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the tops with the desired amount of sea salt (a little goes a long way!) Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Store the baked chocolate espresso cookies in an airtight container for maximum freshness. This cookie dough can be frozen for up to three months! Allow the dough to come to room temperature for about twenty minutes before baking.

This post was sponsored by SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker. All opinions expressed are my own.

A cooling rack of cookie made with espresso and melted chocolate.
Yield: 27 cookies

Chocolate Espresso Cookies

A stack of chocolate espresso cookies on a black wire rack.

These soft and chewy gourmet chocolate espresso cookies are made using a chocolate chip cookie base with espresso powder. SCHARFFEN BERGER 62% semisweet chocolate chunks are folded into this cookie batter and coarsely chopped SCHARFFEN BERGER dark chocolate is pressed into the centers before baking.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned and cooled
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temp
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup espresso powder
  • SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao dark chocolate baking chunks
  • 2 oz SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao baking bar, coarsely chopped
  • Sea salt for garnish

Instructions

Make the Brown Butter

    1. Brown the butter by melting it in small skillet over low heat..
    2. Gradually bring heat up to a medium-low and stir frequently.
    3. The butter will start to foam and small bits of brown will start to form on the bottom of the skillet.
    4. Constantly stir until the butter has a nice caramel color to it and immediately pour the browned butter into a heat safe bowl. This step is important as it will burn quickly if left in the hot skillet.
    5. Allow the butter to cool before making the cookie dough.

Make Chocolate Espresso Cookie Dough

  1. Beat the cooled brown butter together with the granulated and brown sugars. Beat until creamy.
  2. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until frothy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda together and slowly beat it into the cookie dough. Mix the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Over mixing will create a firm and dense cookie.
  4. Fold in the SCHARFFEN BERGER Semisweet 62% cacao dark chocolate baking chunks.
  5. Use a #40 cookie scoop (or roughly 1.5 tbsp) to scoop the cookie dough.
  6. Place the scooped cookie dough in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent the cookies from spreading.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Press coarsely chopped SCHARRFEN BERGER semisweet 62% cacao baking bar into the tops of the cookies.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and set.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle sea salt on top of the cookies.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
  12. Store in an airtight container for maximum freshness.

Notes

TIP: Place the brown butter in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the process of cooling.

Cookie dough can be frozen for up to three months. If baking from frozen, allow the cookies to come to room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

Makes 27 3-inch cookies using #40 cookie scoop

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

27

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Liz

Sunday 19th of September 2021

These cookies sound delicious! Pairing of my two favorites together!

Kayla DiMaggio

Thursday 16th of September 2021

I never thought of adding espresso to cookies before but it really helps to bring out amazing chocolate flavor! Loved these cookies and can't wait to make them again!

Gail Montero

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

This is the yummiest pick-me-up I can think of! Perfect with my cuppa!

Julie

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Oh my gosh! The combination of espresso and chocolate in these was a total winner. Made them and loved them!

Natalie

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

These cookies look fab! I love added espresso for flavor. I have to make them today. Can't wait.

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