Double Chocolate Espresso Cake Mix Cookies rarely make it to the cookie exchange. We end up eating most of them before we can bring them in! These are so soft and delicious and are in and out of the oven in 20 minutes.
My husband’s coworkers are the de facto taste testers for savorandsavvy.com – haha! They are happy tasters who have consumed way too much sugar trying all the treats we make. It is so nice to get other people’s opinions and there is just no way our family could taste test everything.
Well, my taste testers gobbled these up in no time! The feedback was they loved the soft texture of the cookies along with the hint of espresso! Nobody guessed that these were cake mix cookies! So, rest assured, over a dozen taste testers gave these the two thumbs up!
🍽️ Why This Recipe Works
Fast and Easy – I say this time and time again for our recipes but we really want recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, yet taste fantastic. That is where these cookies rank! Gone are the days of lazy baking, right? These are done in 30 minutes.
Tastes Like You Made it from Scratch – I know that sounds kinda funny, but sometimes you can tell a cake mix cookies started from a box. The espresso powder and the instant coffee knocks every ounce of box mix to the curb.
Fluffy – Oh my gosh are these soft and fluffy cookies. Without the espresso powder and instant coffee, my friend’s kids could literally sell the cookies at lunch. Pinky swear.
☕ What is Espresso Powder?
This is powder that is pressed so fine that you get the flavor of coffee without the crunch of using instant coffee. Have you ever used instant coffee hoping it will work in a recipe? I have, and it was a disaster! I was young and I didn’t know the difference! Aaah, but there is a huge difference and wait until you try it! Or maybe I should say “don’t try it and just trust me it doesn’t work!”
King Arthur Flour has a great espresso powder that we use. Your local grocery store may carry it in the baking aisle. It is usually found by the chocolate chips and cocoa powder, not in the coffee aisle.
These are wonderfully easy! You know the cookies that you need in your back pocket that taste amazing but nobody knows how simple they are to make? Here is your recipe!
Step One: Dump all the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. Mix completely.
Step Two: Drop cookies onto a sheet pan using your scoop and bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch them closely. I take mine out when they are still soft and pillowy. Move them to a cooling rack if they are completely done, otherwise let them rest on the sheet pan.
Note: Just a word of caution to NOT overcook these. You want them to be soft so make sure to take them out when they are still super soft as they will continue to cook on the sheet pan for the few minutes.
🍪 Meal Prepping Instructions
You can meal prep this, but this is one recipe where there isn’t much to do besides getting everything ready to go for the next day. Measuring out the oil and covering it will save a bit of time, but it is hard to meal prep this one as it’s a quickie to begin with!
I like Betty Crocker Super Moist Double Fudge Cake Mix. I have also used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge with great results. Buy the one you like, then the base of the cookies is something you know you already enjoy!
You can mix it into brownies, truffles, cakes, soufflés. Just about anything you are going to bake. We start off using 3-4 tablespoons for a nice flavor without a huge punch. If you want a stronger coffee flavor, use 5-6 tablespoons.
Store these in a air tight container or a Ziploc bag. They will be gone in a skinny minute so you won’t need to worry too much. *wink*
Yes, you can. Flash freeze these where you will lay out the cookies on a sheet pan, freeze for about six hours and remove from the freezer. Take the cookies from the sheet pan and place in a freezer grade gallon Ziploc bag and they will keep for about three months if sealed well.
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Double Chocolate Espresso Cake Mix Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray cookie sheets, line with parchment or use a Silpat so the cookies won't stick.
- Combine all the ingredients into a mixer except for the chocolate chips.
- Add the chocolate chips and continue mixing.
- Using a small scoop and scoop the cookie dough out onto cookie sheets.
- Bake cookies for about 8-11 minutes. You will want them soft when they come out. *Everyone's oven is calibrated differently, so please check at 8 minutes to see how they are doing. Your oven may even take 13 minutes.*