Kahlua Cookies Recipe – A Perfect Cookie for Coffee Lovers!

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These Kahlua Cookies are packed full of coffee and chocolate flavour, and definitely a cookie for grown-ups! Bake a batch of these cookies for coffee with friends, or as a party favor at a bridal shower or other celebration. If you love coffee, you’re going to LOVE this Kahlua cookies recipe!

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Kahlua Cookies

Special Ingredients

I love baking cookies and experimenting with different flavor combinations and these cookies hit the spot! If you love coffee-flavored desserts, then you simply must make this delicious cookie recipe.

Here are the ingredients used in this Kahlua cookies recipe.

What is Kahlúa?

The glaring special ingredient in these cookies is Kahlúa which is a Mexican coffee-flavored liqueur made with coffee beans and rum. It was first created in 1936 and is crafted from the finest ingredients that grow side by side in rural Veracruz, Mexico. The actual word Kahlúa has ties to ancient Arabic languages and is said to be slang for coffee.

It actually takes up to 7 years to create a bottle of Kahlúa – 6 years of them are growing the perfect coffee bean. They take so long because they grow in the shade. And then after all those years of growing, there is a 6-month drying and resting period. Only then are the beans roasted and join the rum in the distillery. They say good things come to those that wait!

If you want to add a twist to these coffee flavoured cookies, then Kahlúa also has a Salted Caramel Liqueur and a Chili Chocolate Liqueur in their range that would work just as well!

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Other Coffee Flavorings

As well as the boozy coffee hit from the Kahlua, these cookies also contain coffee extract, and espresso powder for baking – if you can’t find this, instant coffee granules or powder will also work – just use a strong blend.


In this recipe, orange, red, and yellow M&M’s are used to inject some color into the dark, chocolate brown cookies. You may have to sort through a regular bag of the candy, or if you can buy a fall blend of colors that will save you a job. If you don’t want to use M&M’s you could substitute chocolate chips – a mixture of dark and white chocolate would not only taste great but look awesome too.

Baking Ingredients

And finally, you’ll need some standard baking ingredients – flour, cocoa powder, butter, sugars (white, and light brown), butter, salt, and eggs.

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Baking ingredients - butter, flour, eggs, sugar, milk

Special Equipment

For my UK readers: This recipe uses American cup measurements. Since I use this type of measurement often, I find it handy to have a set of these cups in the kitchen.

Another piece of handy equipment when baking – be it cookies or cupcakes – is a cookie (ice cream) scoop. This helps to give you even measurements of cake batter or cookie dough, and it was a trick I learned years ago. I couldn’t be without one in the kitchen! Make sure that you get a cookie scoop that has a trigger release.

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A plate of Kahlua Cookies

How do I make Kahlua Cookies

These cookies take next to no time to make! Start by preheating your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and lining a couple of baking sheets with parchment/baking/greaseproof paper (so many different descriptions for essentially the same thing!).

Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt in a bowl and put to one side, while you beat the sugars and butter together in another bowl. I always use my trusty Kenwood mixer, which is a standing mixer; or you could use a handheld mixer too. If you have neither of those, then grab a wooden spoon and get beating!

Butter & Sugar

You then beat in the egg, and coffee extract to the butter/sugar mixture, and then fold in the dry ingredients you had prepared a moment ago. Mix until combined then add one cupful of the M&M’s.

With the dough made it’s now time to shape the cookies. Using a medium-sized cookie (ice cream) scoop, scoop out some dough into your hands and roll into a ball.

Gently press the cookie dough ball so that it forms a disk shape, and place onto your prepared baking sheets. Press a few M&M’s into the top of the cookies, and continue with the rest of the mixture. It should make 22-24 cookies, depending on the size you make them.

All that is left to do now is bake for 8-12 minutes until cooked, then cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or even a glass of milk!

A plate of Kahlua Cookies
A plate of Kahlua Cookies

Kahlua Cookies Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

These Kahlua Cookies are delicious and perfect if you love coffee flavored desserts!


  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp coffee extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 2 cups red, orange, and yellow M&M's


    1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a standing mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until combined and fluffy.
    4. Beat in the egg, and coffee extract.
    5. Fold in the dry ingredients until combined.
    6. Fold in 1 cup of the M&Ms.
    7. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into hands and roll into a ball.
    8. Lightly press down onto the dough ball to form a thick disk.
    9. Place a few more M&M's onto the top of the cookie dough rounds.
    10. Repeat steps with remaining dough.
    11. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes.
    12. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire wrack to cool.

    A plate of kahlua cookies


Since these contain alcohol, they are not suitable for children. You can omit the alcohol if you wish. Replace it with another liquid - milk, or brewed, cooled espresso or coffee should work. You can replace the M&M's with dark and white chocolate chips if you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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