Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

A grown-up version of a chocolate chip cookie, these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are full of rich bittersweet chocolate and crunchy pecans, with notes of espresso in every bite. 

Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created for #FallFlavors. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

overhead view of Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Remember how last week, I was telling you all how excited (and nervous) I was that my kids were back at school? Not long after that post went live, I got the call that I dreaded – one of the kids had been exposed to COVID and had to quarantine. 

My stomach dropped. I alternated between wanting to cry or vomit. We just finished a wonderful long weekend with lots of friends. Did we end up exposing anyone? We had been so careful, even testing multiple times after some late summer travel… and now this? Exposed on Day 5 at school? It’s going to be a LONG and stressful year…. 

a Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bag of Dixie Crystals sugar and Millican Pecans

Thankfully Little Man tested negative. He wasn’t allowed back at school last week, regardless of the test result, but at least he was negative. It was a long week and he needed a lot of attention to keep boredom at bay, but he wasn’t sick and we didn’t expose anyone. There was lots of board games, a bit of soccer and scootering, and lots of tv and Switch. 

I pray this is the only time we have to deal with exposure, testing, and the anxiety this school year. My husband and I knew that with the kids back, there was a greater chance of exposure, but I don’t know that I can take the roller coaster of emotions and the kids in and out of school all year. 

overhead view of Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Needless to say, the past week has been stressful and I’ve been trying so hard to not comfort myself with wine and comfort food. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t have these cookies stashed in the freezer or extra chocolate in the pantry, otherwise, I might have been tempted to indulge. These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fun and less traditional way to welcome in fall – even a coffee-hating coworker enjoyed them! They are more grown-up version of your classic chocolate chip cookie. Slightly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are studded with chopped pecans and chunks of chopped bittersweet chocolate. Plus, a undertone of coffee. So good!

And such a great way to kick off Fall Flavors week, hosted by Ellen at Family Around the Table, Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, and Heather at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. This is the first of three recipes that I’ll be sharing with you as a part of the week-long celebration of fall. So come back Wednesday and Friday for more, or search #FallFlavors on your favorite social media platform. Plus, you’ll find more fantastic fall dishes below the recipe card, as well as a list of prizes you can enter to win. Check it out below! 

a Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bag of Dixie Crystals sugar and Millican Pecans

Recipe Notes for Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Take the extra couple of minutes to chop the chocolate, rather than using chocolate chips. The flavor is richer and more indulgent.
  • I used Millican Pecans and Dixie Crystals sugar in this recipe. Thanks to both Millican Pecans and Dixie Crystals for sponsoring this event! 

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And don’t forget to scroll to under the recipe to check out what other #FallFlavors recipes my blogging friends are sharing today, as well as enter to win the giveaway. 

overhead view of Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

A grown-up version of a chocolate chip cookie, these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are full of rich bittersweet chocolate and crunchy pecans, with notes of espresso in every bite. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 45 Cookies
Author Liz


  • 1 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c. light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. instant espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chopped into chips
  • 1 c. chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low and beat in sugars until well blended. Scrape down sides of the bowl and return the mixer to medium speed. Mix in vanilla and espresso powder. The mix in eggs, one at a time.

  3. Return mixer to low speed and add flour, salt and baking powder. Scrape down sides of the bowl and with a rubber spatula, fold in chocolate and pecans.

  4. Using a 1 1/2 Tbs. cookie scoop, portion cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, with at least 2 inches of space between each cookie. (Cookies will be baked in 2 batches.) Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are brown and the tops are golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

This recipe was adapted from My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Baking: From My Home to Yours (affiliate link).

A grown-up version of a chocolate chip cookie, these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are full of rich bittersweet chocolate and crunchy pecans, with notes of espresso in every bite. 

More #FallFlavors Recipes:

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And Prizes!

More than 25 food bloggers are sharing recipes with favorite Fall flavors. Our sponsors, Millican Pecan, Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Taylor & Colledge, Nairn’s, and Republic of Tea, have furnished participating bloggers with complimentary product to use in their recipe creations that they will be sharing this week. These same sponsors have generously offered prizes for our giveaway so be sure to enter and share with your friends so they can enter too. Be sure to follow our Fall Flavors Pinterest account for more inspiration.

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One winner will receive a box of each Nairn’s Original, Chocolate Chip, Stem Ginger Oat Grahams, Caramelized Onions, Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbreads, and Oat Cracker. Nairn’s has been baking oats since 1896. They use simple, natural, and wholesome ingredients in their products. Minimum $25 value

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Disclaimer: Six (6) winners will be randomly selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #FallFlavors bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway and the contest is open only to US residents. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #FallFlavors posts or entries. Thank you to our sponsors Millican Pecan Company, Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Taylor & Colledge, Republic of Tea, and Nairn’s for providing prizes.

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