For all the times when you can’t decide between having a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to get out of your mid-day slump, we have the answer for you: combine them to make the ultimate cookie. Chewy and moist on the inside with just the right amount of crunch on the outside, these espresso brown sugar cookies are just what you need after a long day of classes, work, or just because.

Whip up a batch of these game-changing cookies for yourself, family, or roommates for the perfect snack to satisfy any sweet tooth. These cookies will definitely rock your world (and leave your kitchen smelling like heaven).

Espresso Brown Sugar Cookies

  • Prep Time:1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time:9 minutes
  • Total Time:1 hour 29 minutes
  • Servings:24 cookies
  • Medium


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed (use 1/4 cup for rolling)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso powder for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar for rolling
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  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two cookies sheets with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Combine flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl.

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  • Step 3

    In a separate bowl, completely whisk together the melted butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, egg, and cinnamon.

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  • Step 4

    Fold in the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and continue mixing until a dough ball forms.

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  • Step 5

    Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

    #SpoonTip: This step is necessary in order for the dough to become firm and prevent spreading while baking.

  • Step 6

    While the dough is chilling, combine the instant espresso powder, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl to prep for rolling.

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  • Step 7

    After chilling the dough, roll it into balls and roll them in the espresso powder mixture before placing them on the cookie sheet.

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  • Step 8

    Bake for 9 minutes.

  • Step 9

    Remove the cookies from the oven, and transfer onto a wire cooling rack. Enjoy!

    #SpoonTip: If you don’t have time to make the brown sugar cookies, you can make regular sugar cookies and roll them in the espresso mix, too.

    Photo by Kiana Lei Yap