Secret Recipe Club: Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on December 19, 2011

Secret Recipe Club

It’s been over seven years now since Hubs and I got married. No, this isn’t a post about our wonderful marriage {although it is pretty much wonderful}. This is about the most unbelievable cookie I’ve ever eaten. On our honeymoon. In San Francisco.

It was warm, fresh out of the oven. Gooey. Chocolatey. Rich with just the right amount of sweetness. Giant, like any good cookie should be.  It was a brownie in cookie form. Only better. Much, much better.

I have never in my life tasted a cookie like this. And until recently, I haven’t tasted one since then. And I’ve searched for a similar cookie. Believe me, I’ve searched.

Then, my latest assignment for the Secret Recipe Club showed up in my inbox and all of my cookie dreams were answered. Liv Life, a blog dedicated to living life to its fullest through food, photography, and travel, has given me the cookie recipe I’ve been searching for.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolatey. Deep, rich chocolate. With a hint of coffee. Followed up with more dark chocolate. Of course. The recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cookies was just what I needed to create my own version of those cookies I fell in love with years ago. With a few tweaks, some white chocolate chips, and lots of taste testing, I created a cookie that rivals the one from that little bakery in San Francisco who have been haunting my cookie dreams ever since.

Perhaps best of all, today is my birthday! Wait, wait, no, it’s not my birthday. I’ve stopped having those. Instead, it’s Allison Day, a day dedicated to the awesomeness that is me. To celebrate I’m sending a giant plate of these cookies to everyone! Well, I would, if I could. Instead, I’m sharing the recipe, because every girl deserves a little {or a lot} of chocolate on her birthday.

Happy Allison Day to me!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons finely ground coffee, dark roast for the best flavor
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine 1 cup dark chocolate chops and butter. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave for 30 seconds and stirring until the chocolate chips have melted, about 1-1/2 minutes total.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and ground coffee on high speed until very thick and pale, 3-4 minutes. Slowly mix in the melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt into the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in remaining 1 cup dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips.
  5. Drop batter, about 2" sized balls, onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until puffed and cracked on top. Cool cookies on baking sheets for one minute. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely.


Secret Recipe Club

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1 Cranberry Morning December 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

Good grief! These look amazing! Two of my favorite flavors, of course. Hope you have a wonderful week. So much to do, so little time!

2 Eliot December 19, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love Liv Life and what a great pick. These cookies look like ooey-gooey, chocolately goodness!!
Happy Holidays!

3 Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies December 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

oooohhh… these sound ridiculous! in a good way, of course! i am seriously considering giving up my whole gluten/sugar free lifestyle!! 😉 which i pretty much already have, teehee, i blame thanksgiving and Christmas! i am being good most of the time, though!

4 heidi December 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

Even though I don’t like coffee, I’d really like to taste these – maybe I should go ahead and just leave out the coffee…

5 Kim - Liv Life December 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

Happy, Happy, Happy Allison Day!!! As I was perusing the SRC posts I spotted these cookies and had NO idea that they were inspired by our blog!! They were the first post to catch my eye… I guess we are on the same page! Love the addition of the white chips, and I”m certain the vanilla was a chocolate flavor booster. Nicely done! Thank you so much! Your photos are absolutely wonderful.

6 Jocelyn December 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

Happy Allison Day!!!! Those cookies sound to die for!!! I absolutely love using coffee in my baking too!!!!

7 Angie @ Bigbearswife December 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

ooo those do look gooey and chocolatey!! yummy!

8 veronica gantley December 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yummy looking cookies. You got a great blog and picked a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

9 Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls December 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Those cookies sound totally amazing Alli! What a great way to celebrate Alli Day :)

10 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Happy, Happy Allison Day!! Liv Life is a wonderful blog and I am sure that you had a hard time choosing a recipe. These cookies look and sound amazing. I must put these on my long list a delish things to make!!! Glad to be part of the SRC with you and happy that I had your blog this month! :-)

11 Anne@frommysweetheart December 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday! And I’m glad you got to celebrate with these wonderful cookies. I always love the coffee and chocolate combo! These look fabulous! : )

12 Rhonda December 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I love the background story. In my head I had the romantic picture of you running towards a cookie singing “at last I have found you”. Happy Allison Day.

13 Divya December 20, 2011 at 3:01 am

I love coffee-flavored cookies and cakes! Yours looks absolutely fabulous!!! :) The entries to Secret Club are mind-blowing!!! I’m gonna try to reproduce some of them in my kitchen!

14 carolinaheartstrings December 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

Those look so delicious. I love chocolate anything! We have a wonderful Nutella Fluff Cocoa. Come visit and check it out. Happy Holidays!

15 Jenny December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

You had me at mocha! These look amazing! Come link them up with Creative Me Monday, if you haven’t already. Each link is an entry in the Pick Your Plum giveaway! Here’s the link:

Hope to see you there!

16 Miz Helen December 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Great looking cookies, I love the flavor combination. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. We are wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

17 domain October 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post
or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
If you’re interested feel free to send me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!

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