The holidays have got to be the biggest joke we’re playing on kids. Christmas, a time of year that is paraded as fun and joyful, full of love and surprises just might be a giant trick we’re playing on our little ones.
Okay, level with me for a minute. Is it not mildly terrifying that a stranger might shimmy down the chimney in the middle of the night? Who wants to be awoken by the sound of live animals on the roof of their home? And what kid is going to be excited about some old fellow breaking into their home and EATING ALL OF THE COOKIES? It’s outrageous. This concept we use to drum up excitement for our children is actually pretty disturbing.
It’s no wonder our kids are bad all year. We tell them, “Oh, Santa Claus won’t come if you don’t finish your vegetables! Santa won’t visit if you hit your sister! No presents from Santa if you flush your Beanie Babies down the toilet!” And what do they do? They protect themselves from the bearded intruder, his wild animals, and his illusive mob of tiny helpers.
I think we may be sending our children some mixed messages. We tell our kids not to talk to or take candies from strangers, yet when Christmas rolls around, we bribe them with candy canes to hop on Santa’s lap. We tell them not to feed the animals at the zoo but then proceed to lure reindeer into our homes with carrots and frosted cookies. And let’s be honest: kids aren’t impressed by these magical reinder anyways because they see them for what they are- FLYING BEASTS.
Truthfully, I think I’m selling my kids short. There’s no way Aimee didn’t notice the 5 o’clock shadow peeking out from under the mall Santa’s beard. She’s seen the bag of crap that I bought her from Target and there’s not a chance she’s going to believe it came from the North Pole on Christmas morning. These kids are smarter than we give them credit for, so it’s no surprise to me that we wind up with holiday footage like this:
As for me and my house, we will continue to torture our little ones. They are going to be fed nonsense of sugar plum fairies and moonlit sleigh rides until they’re old enough to laugh me in the face. While the true meaning of Christmas- a baby in the manger, redemption for humanity, and God’s fulfilled promises- will always remain at the forefront of our Decembers, I won’t miss the opportunity to rouse wonder and mystery in the imaginations of my little people. Even if it is a little terrifying.
So whether you’re on team Santa or not, these mocha cookies are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. With crispy edges and chewy centers, these coffee-scented chocolate cookies are just the type of treat that Ole St. Nick would try to jank from your cookie jar while the unsuspecting children sleep. They’re just really simple and really good.
To make these mocha cookies, we start with butter. Cream the fat with some sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Eggs, vanilla and espresso powder come next, stirring in just to combine. Once well integrated, flour, cocoa powder, and the rest of the dry ingredients are added to the batter. Prior to baking the mocha cookies, I like to roll them in some coarse sugar. As the dough bakes, it will melt and barely spread, giving each bite a crackly outside texture. That extra crunch from the sugar makes these easy treats a smidge more festive and way fun to eat.
These mocha cookies are sweet, simple, and sure to be a hit with the man in the red suit on Christmas Eve. Whip some up before the 25th and let me know how you love them! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you wonderful friends.
If you like these mocha cookies, be sure to check out:
No-Churn Mocha Brownie Fudge Ice Cream
Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies
These mocha cookies are chewy coffee-scented chocolate crackle cookies with crunchy sugared edges. Perfect for a cookie exchange!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 25
- ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1–1/2 cups (300 gm) light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1–1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1–1/4 cups (160 gm) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (60 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons espresso powder or coffee granules
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sparkling or turbinado sugar, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until integrated and fluffy, about one minute. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine an additional 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. Stir on low speed until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and pour the sparkling sugar into a small bowl. Scoop 1-1/2 teaspoon sized (medium cookie scoop) balls of dough and roll them in your hands. Roll the dough balls in the sugar and place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven for about 9-10 minutes or until the tops have cracked. Allow to cool on a cooling rack before enjoying.
24 thoughts on “Mocha Cookies”
Really delicious but mine actually didn’t flatten too much, even after cooling! My dough was very truffle/fudge like. They’re still extremely yummy but barely spread out – wondering what might have gone wrong on my end with that?
I made these cookies exactly as the recipe called for but they came out flat can you perhaps tell
Me where I went wrong?
they are pretty flat cookies- they’re not super large at all. if they spread out a ton and turned almost paper thin, that sounds like maybe the dough had not enough fry ingredients or the dough was too soft?
I really liked this recipe but due to the fact that I live in a hot climate I made a few changes in order to avoid them coming out to thin.
I reduced the butter to 1/2 cup
I used 1 1/2 cups of flour
I reduced the sugar to 1 cup
Reduced salt to 1/2 tsp
I refrigerated the dough for 1 hour before handling it. Then I made balls and rolled them in sugar and refrigerated the balls for 10 minutes before flattening with the bottom of a glass.
They came out delicious. Grat flavor
HOORAYYYY!!! I’m so happy to hear this! Enjoy!
mine turned out perfect first time then next three batches thin also! still taste great but strange!
I was looking for a different kind of cookie recipe – not the typical “big 3” of oatmeal, chocolate chip or peanut butter. Came across this recipe and decided to give it a shot. My dough was a bit dry so I needed to add maybe 2 tablespoons of water but wow these are delicious! I doubled the recipe and made them twice as large as suggested and still managed to get 24 huge cookies! This will be made again! Thanks for the recipe!
I’m thrilled to hear this! Thank you for sharing!
I agree with Emily. The recipe is great but the font is very difficult to read. I can usually read very small print and those fractions made me good up.
I agree with Sarah. The font made for very difficult trading. Other than that, great recipe.
Loved this cookie…definitely one of my favorite cookie recipes ever. I did double the espresso powder as hubby and I like a REALLY strong coffee flavor. These were a huge hit at the office. 🙂 Thanks!
I am THRILLED to hear this!!!!!
Recipe came out great, I have only one critique. The font used in the recipe made it very hard to read, especially to distinguish between 1/4 and 3/4. I almost got certain parts wrong, and nearly put only 1/4 cup of butter instead of 3/4. I had to squint and reread it multiple times to be sure.
THat’s actually a really good observation. Thank you for passing along! I will certainly consider this.
These are wonderful! I’ve made them many times over the last few months and they never disappoint!
Oh, I’m thrilled to hear it!
Found this recipe for a co-worker who requested ‘something mocha’ to celebrate her birthday for our office birthday club. They were a huge hit. I find in many mocha recipes they end up tasting more like straight chocolate. Here, the mocha flavor really comes through. I highly recommend them and have book marked the recipe to make again!
hooray! I’m so glad to hear this! Thank you for sharing feedback, Shauna!
I made these cookies for Christmas last year, alongside 3 other types of cookies. This recipe was BY FAR my favorite (my love for coffee and chocolate would render me biased though…). Thanks for sharing!
Anna, I’m thrilled to hear that! Thank you for sharing!
Merry Christmas Kate!
same to you, mary!
Haha I love this post! It is a bit creepy when you think about it..but it is also so magical as a kid I think 🙂 Also these cookies sound amazing!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas! ❤️
so creepy. but totally agree. Merry christmas to your too, lady!