Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Cookies


Do you ever have days where you contemplate adding a little Kahlua to your morning coffee?  Or is it just me??  There are days where a plain old cream in your coffee just won’t cut it.

I’ve had one of those days recently.   I woke up very tired and grumpy.  My 4 year old has developed a fear of the dark.  Unfortunately for me, it seems to hit at 4 am.    I got up and snuggled her for half  an hour or so.  While I’m laying there listening to the clamorous sound of her thumb-sucking, I realize that I have the same hangover-type headache I had when I went to bed.  Then I get a little annoyed that my head should hurt like a hangover without having had any of the fun that comes BEFORE a hangover.  No fair.

I’m not very pleasant when I get up.  I yell at my son for sleeping so late (I might have been a wee bit jealous), I’m short with my oldest, the dog gets only a sideways glance because it’s too cold to take her outside, juice spills, I mess up the lunches.  It’s just all wrong.  I find myself yelling at the kids as they run out the door to catch the bus.  Then I’m left with guilt for yelling at my kids instead of just giving them kisses.

I would like to go back to bed and start over.   I realize my 4 year hasn’t heard any of the screaming because she is in the deepest, sweetest sleep.  Lucky.  I think I’ll take a long hot shower.  That is where I can relax and organize my thoughts.  But shortly after I step into my steamy oasis, my little one comes in all smiles and says “I’m going to hang out in here with you!”  Forget it.


Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies

This is where the thought of adding Kahlua to my coffee scratches the surface of my mind.  It is only a fleeting thought.  I couldn’t do that.  Instead, I had the bright idea of adding Kahlua to coffee flavored cookies-even better!  I had a bag of Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Drops to use up.   I chopped them up so they would speckle each cookie.   The Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Drops have little bits of cookie in them, which makes these cookies doubly crunchy and doubly delicious.  The chocolate in these cookies was enhanced by the espresso powder as well as the Kahlua liqueur!  These cookies really tasted like coffee and cream!

The day ended well.  It usually does after a successful day in the kitchen.  You can be sure the next time I think about adding liqueur to my coffee, my mind will immediately turn to baking!

Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies


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Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Khalua
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 9oz package Hershey Cookies and Cream drops, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine sugars, espresso powder, butter, baking soda, salt, Khalua and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Carefully, mix in flour, cocoa and chopped cookies and cream drops.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set on the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on a baking rack.

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25 Responses

  1. Charlotte Moore

    I was wondering what the 1/3 cup powder was. After reading the directions I saw cocoa so I assumed that is what it is. They look delicious.

    • Sorry Charlotte, I caught that and changed it!

  2. I think adding Kahlua to your morning coffee is a completely sound decision and I fully endorse it 100%. I used to be such a morning person, but lately I feel like I am draggggging. Eating one or seven of these cookies before I go to work will surely put the pep back in my step :)

    • Ha! Thanks Hayley, I needed to hear that it’s ok to spike my coffee!! Whatever gets us through the day right?

  3. Do you ever have days where you contemplate adding a little Kahlua to your morning coffee? Um, like everyday!!! :) But what willpower you have to turn to baking instead of drinking! I am sooooo not a morning person either, wish I was, but nope. And I don’t even have a 4-yr old who’s afraid of the dark! Just naturally grumpy and tired when I wake up. Kahlua seriously makes everything better!!! Love the idea of these cookies Tanya!

    • Thanks Desi!!! I’m glad that I’m surrounded by people who can admit they are grumps!!! I feel so much better!

  4. I’m not really a morning person either but with kids I think I have no choice but to be. I’ve improved over the years (being more pleasant in the morning) but I think now I’m not a middle-of-the-night kinda person. When someone wakes up sick or scared, I pretend I’m sleeping and make the kids wake up their dad! Works so far :) As for the cookies, they sound like a perfect combination. A little Kahlua here and there never hurt anyone, right?!

    • I think my husband has learned your middle of the night plan- he never seems to hear a thing. Just for that he might be banned from these cookies!! Thanks Liz!

  5. I just started a new job that requires waking up at 4:30 am and being fresh out of college, I’m used to still being up cramming that late…it is AWFUL figuring out how to adjust! Kahlua anything makes the day better! These look fantastic – gonna have to whip up a batch asap!

    • Oh Elise, 4:30 am is obscene!!! I totally wouldn’t judge if you spiked your coffee!

  6. These cookies do sound perfect for a morning, any morning, Tanya, and I only have a parrot to uncover and a dog to feed when I get out of bed. Lucky for us all, they’ve grown accustomed to living with a grouch in the mornings.

    • I suppose as long as everyone knows to expect a grouch then no one is disappointed! Thanks John!

  7. You and me both in the morning! Gah, I hate that hangover that’s not a hangover. It’s so not fair because it didn’t come with any fun! These cookies look SO good!

    • Thank you for relating!!! Hate mornings!!!

  8. Very amazing cookie recipe, they look and sound scrumptious!

    • They were pretty darn tasty Anita! Thank you!

  9. oh my gosh these look delicious!

    • They were pretty tasty Jamie! Thank you.

  10. […] couldn’t resist) with my liqueur laden desserts!  We just polished off the last crumbs of our Kahlua chocolate cookies and here I am wooing you with this Bailey’s filled chocolate roll!  I make no apologies. […]


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