cocoa-dusted coffee cookies

  • 120g butter, chopped and softened
  • 1½ cups (265g) brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup (115g) golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans
  • ½ cup (50g) Dutch cocoa, sifted
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in an electric mixer and beat for 3 minutes 
or until pale and fluffy. 
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and coffee beans and beat until just combined. 
  3. Roll 2 teaspoonfuls of the 
dough into balls and place on 3 large baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. 
  4. Bake for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack for 10 minutes to cool. 
  5. Place the cocoa and cookies in a medium bowl and toss to coat. Return to the wire rack to cool completely before serving. Makes 38.
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donna hay team

Hi Alev, by teaspoons we mean heaped teaspoons - not flush teaspoons - this may be the reason you finished up with so many cookies.  Ours would be bigger than flush teaspoons and would cook in the time required. If they were smaller they would cook too fast - meaning they might be dry and a little bitter. this will not help with the dusting of cocoa. Also, we used regular brown sugar in the recipe not dark. The dh team

donna hay team

Hi KA, first double check that your bicarb of soda is still in date - this might hinder the rising. And be sure to thoroughly mix the bicarb soda into the flour before you combine it with the other ingredients. The dh team


Decadent and delicious! Though mine didn’t rise! Any tips to get them as pictured? Thanks.

donna hay team

Hi Hilary, the coffee in the capsule will be very finely ground in comparison to a crushed coffee bean. Plus, one capsule might be too much coffee. But you could give it a try or you can use chocolate covered coffee beans, crushed or instant coffee. Happy baking!

Alev Esmer

Recipe needs to indicate which kind of brown sugar. It made more than 50 cookies using a 2tsp measure and took about 15 minutes to bake.The main issue is the cocoa dusting. I followed the recipe for the first batch. They came out inedible with cocoa turning into a bitter paste. For the other ones, I waited more than 20 Minutes and dusted the cocoa powder on the cookies. They were better.

Hilary Little

I guess you could use a coffee capsule, Nespresso for example? Maybe 2 capsules?





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