Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

A cookie adults will love

If you’re looking for a cookie recipe with a sophisticated flavor, you’re going to love this. It starts with your basic chocolate peanut butter chip cookies but takes it to a whole new level with the addition of espresso–a known aphrodisiac.

What makes it aphrodisiac

One of our favorite aphrodisiacs, espresso brings a richness to the recipe and an earthy note that keeps the cookie from being too sweet.

Try a pairing

The cookie was originally designed for a red wine pairing project. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well these Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies pair with with an earthy Pinot Noir or perhaps a classic red blend from Bordeaux.

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Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies 1
Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Resting time
2 hrs
Total Time
34 mins

This peanut butter chip recipe has a sophisticated, adult flavor thanks to the addition of earthy espresso. Try pairing the cookies with a red wine like a Pinot Noir or a Bordeaux. 

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate
Dish Type: cookies
Cooking Style: Baking
Seasonal: Holiday season
Ingredient: chocolate
Servings: 24 cookies
Created by: Leah Kuo
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter softened but still cool*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups golden brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 16 oz semi-sweet premium chocolate chopped
  • 10 oz peanut butter chips
  1. Adjust racks to upper and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Allow cooling to room temperature but do not allow re-hardening.
  5. Combine the eggs, espresso powder and pure vanilla extract. Set aside.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in sugars until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in peanut butter chips by hand. Do not overbeat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 2 hours.
  7. Roll the dough into 2 oz balls and space about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake until the edges of the cookies have begun to set but the centers are still very soft, about 14 minutes, rotating the sheets from front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 10 minutes, slide the parchment with the cookies onto wire racks, and cool to room temperature.



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