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Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These are the espresso cookies you didn't know you needed... We have been trying for years to develop the dream espresso cookie recipe. A recipe that allows for a shot of espresso and not just the typical grinds. We've developed a few with espresso grinds and they were good but this recipe is next level. The batter is so dangerous. Smells like a sweet espresso and you want to just dive right in. See below for the recipe and for our steps and tricks. Huge tip is to let this espresso cookie batter chill – it makes such a difference.

Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe Yields: about 2 dozen cookies Time: 50 minutes, includes chilling time Active Time: 15 minutes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt 
1 ½ sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar 
1 shot freshly-brewed espresso
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 ½ cups dark chocolate chunks 
Flaky sea salt, optional 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. 
Add butter and sugars to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the espresso, egg and vanilla and continue beating until combined and smooth, about 1 minute more. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overmix the batter. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
Using a spoon or 1-ounce ice cream scooper, roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheets at least 2-inches apart. Note, these crisp yet chewy cookies will spread a good amount during baking. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky salt. 
Bake until just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheet trays. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies may appear soft at first but will firm up as they cool. Serve with a cold glass of milk or dunked into your favorite coffee drink!