Speckled coffee cookies
A sophisticated, speckled cookie with a gourmet coffee flavor and a delicious chocolate center.
Chocolate chip cookies are a great go-to when creating homemade treats for family and friends. But sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit, and this speckled coffee cookie recipe is perfect. It has a sophisticated look and taste, a strong coffee flavor sweetened by the cookie dough, and some added fun from whatever you choose to put into the center.
Options for the cookie centers are coffee beans, espresso balls, or half a square of your favorite chocolate bar. Do stay away from funky flavors that won’t pair well with the intense coffee flavor of these delicious cookies – but any type of milk, semi-sweet or dark chocolate would work really well. In the cookies pictured, we used a vegan chocolate chunk with a cute log shape.
- 2/3 cup butter or Earth Balance
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons orange juice or milk
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 chocolate bars or 4 dozen espresso balls
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add dry ingredients and mix well. (Coffee granules should be added with the dry ingredients so they don’t disintegrate, and to achieve that cool speckled look.)
Use a small ice cream scooper to scoop mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Use a large sharp knife to neatly cut your chocolate squares in half. Press cut side down into the cookie center, or wait until the cookies come out of the oven if you want to prevent melting.
Bake for 12 minutes, or until cookies just start to set.
Immediately after removing from oven, press ½ square chocolate or a coffee bean into the center of each cookie.
Cool on a wire rack.