Delicious Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies Recipe

Ahoy there, fellow coffee and dessert lovers! As a barista, I take pride in crafting flavorful and aromatic beverages that put a smile on the faces of my customers. But sometimes, a hot cup of joe just isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. That’s where these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies come in!

Bursting with the rich and decadent flavors of chocolate and espresso, these cookies are heaven in every bite. With their crisp exterior and soft, chewy interior, they make for the perfect indulgence after a long day at work or as an accompaniment to your morning coffee.

If you’re a fan of chocolate-covered coffee beans or love anything chocolate and espresso-flavored, then you’re going to absolutely adore this recipe. So grab your mixing bowl and get ready to whip up a batch of these delectable cookies – I promise you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies (Cookie Mix)
Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies (Cookie Mix)

Listen, y’all, I gotta tell you about these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies – they are a game-changer. If you’re looking to spice up your cookie game or impress your guests with a decadent treat, this recipe is the one for you.

First of all, let’s talk about the flavor. The combination of bittersweet chocolate chips and chocolate-covered coffee beans give these cookies a rich and intense flavor that will leave you needing just one more (and then maybe another). The addition of espresso powder takes it to the next level and will have you reaching for these cookies with your morning coffee.

But it’s not just the taste that sets these cookies apart. The texture is what makes them truly outstanding. The cookie dough is rolled out into a long strip, with a layer of chocolate espresso in between, giving them a beautiful ribbon pattern when they’re cut into slices. And because of this technique, each bite has a perfect balance of chewiness and crispiness.

Plus, this recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is a box of sugar cookie mix, butter, an egg, and some espresso powder – it doesn’t get much simpler than that! And if you want to take it up a notch, Sarah Kieffer suggests adding some cocoa powder or white chocolate chips to the mix for a double chocolate delight.

Trust me, folks – these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies will become your go-to cookie recipe after one bite. They’re perfect for any occasion and will have your guests begging for the recipe (or maybe even asking you to make them again). Give them a try and see how they’ll become your new favorite cookies!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies.
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies with Cookie Mix:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 package (17.5 oz) of sugar cookie mix
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of espresso powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature


  • 1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate-covered coffee beans

I recommend measuring all of the ingredients out onto a clean surface before you start baking. This will help ensure that you don’t forget anything and that all of your measurements are correct.

The Recipe How-To

 Elevate your coffee break with a side of these tempting treats.
Elevate your coffee break with a side of these tempting treats.

For the Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies, you will need a cookie mix, chocolate-covered coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate chips, an egg, butter or margarine, all-purpose flour, and espresso powder. Before starting with the recipe, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Making the Cookie Dough

In a large bowl, stir the cookie mix and all-purpose flour together. After they are mixed, add your preferred butter or margarine and blend them in with an electric mixer until smooth.

Next, add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of espresso powder to the mixture. Blend it again until the dough thoroughly forms. Finally, add 1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans to enhance its flavor.

Making the Espresso Ribbon Cookies

Take two-thirds of the cookie dough mixture and set it aside. Mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon espresso powder to it to create a chocolate espresso dough.

Using both the doughs, start by placing half a tablespoon of each type of dough side by side on your baking sheets. Make sure to leave adequate space between each one as they will spread while they cook.

After that’s done and you have enough cookies on your tray, use remaining dough mixtures to make additional batches.

Then bake for 8-10 minutes in your oven at 375°F (190°C) until cookies are light golden brown.


Once they’re done baking, let them cool on wire racks for at least five minutes before serving. These crispy Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies will definitely get everyone’s cravings going!

Pro tip: For an even more decadent dessert experience, serve these up with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk.

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't wait for Christmas to enjoy ribbon cookies, try these Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies now!
Don’t wait for Christmas to enjoy ribbon cookies, try these Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies now!

Folks, if you are feeling experimental and want to put your own twist on these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies, I have you covered. Here’s a few substitutions and variations that can bring a little bit of magic to the already delicious recipe:

– Gluten-Free Option: If you’re avoiding gluten, opt for gluten-free cookie mix or all-purpose flour. Now, you can still get your coffee fix in the form of gluten-free coffee cookies.

– Brownie Cookies: Mix some cocoa powder into the dough with chocolate chips to change it up a bit. Your cookies will be like eating a decadent chocolate brownie with just enough espresso to give it a perk.

– Kahlua Cookies: Add in 2 tablespoons of Kahlua liqueur instead of espresso powder for a boozy twist.

– Double Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies: Fold some bittersweet chocolate chips into the dough for double the chocolatey goodness.

– White Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies: If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, swap out the bittersweet chocolate chips for white chocolate chips. It’s like drinking a latte with steamed milk and white raspberry syrup mixed in!

By adding these ingredients, not only will it create a whole new dimension of flavors but also result in an exceptional spread of cookie varieties. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with any of these options!

Serving and Pairing

 Dare to try something bold and add a jolt of espresso to your cookie baking.
Dare to try something bold and add a jolt of espresso to your cookie baking.

Now that you’ve made a batch of delicious crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies, it’s time to serve them up and find the perfect pairing to complement their rich flavor! These cookies are a perfect match for a strong black coffee, especially one with complementary notes of chocolate and espresso.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, why not try pairing them with a mocha latte or hot cocoa sprinkled with some chocolate-covered coffee beans? You won’t be able to resist the decadent combination of warm, creamy beverage combined with the crispy texture and rich taste of these espresso ribbon cookies.

Another fun pairing idea is to serve them alongside a variety of other cookie flavors, like classic sugar cookies or decadent chocolate chip cookies. You can even arrange them on a platter and top with espresso beans or dust lightly with cocoa powder. These crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies are sure to steal the show!

For a gluten-free option, try pairing these cookies with some gluten-free coffee as well as some gluten-free brownie cookies or crinkle cookies. The chocolate espresso flavor of these cookies will pair perfectly with other decadent chocolate options.

Overall, these crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies are versatile and perfect for any occasion. The possibilities for pairing and serving are endless but one thing’s for sure – everyone will love them!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly crisp and crumbly, these cookies are a match made in heaven for coffee.
Perfectly crisp and crumbly, these cookies are a match made in heaven for coffee.

Now that you know how to create these amazing crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies, it is important to understand how to store and reheat them properly. These cookies will stay fresh and tasty for up to 5 days if stored correctly.

To make ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions until the dough forms. Roll the dough into a log shape and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Store this in the refrigerator for up to two days before slicing and baking. This way, you can have freshly baked cookies without all of the work!

When storing baked cookies, place them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. If you have large cookies, place a sheet of wax paper between each layer to help prevent sticking.

Reheating these decadent chocolate treats is very simple. Just preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and lay out the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 3-4 minutes until heated through and enjoy!

Another option is to microwave them for around 10 seconds to warm them up. This quick option saves you time without sacrificing overall taste.

It’s helpful to note, that if you are planning on freezing your cookies before serving, be sure they are completely cooled first! Baked crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies freeze well for up to three months when stored properly in an airtight container.

Overall, these crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies can be made ahead of time and reheated to taste just like they were freshly baked! Proper storage will ensure that they are moist, chewy and ready to enjoy anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These cookies might disappear as fast as your morning coffee does.
These cookies might disappear as fast as your morning coffee does.

Now that you know how to make Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies, it’s time to talk about some tips and tricks to achieve the best results possible. Follow these tips, and you’ll have delicious cookies in no time!

Tip #1: Keep the Dough Cool

It can be tempting to start baking your cookies right away, but it’s essential to let the dough chill first. Place the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before starting to shape it into ribbons. The cold dough will hold together better and give your cookies a nice texture.

Tip #2: Use the Right Ingredients

When baking any recipe, using the right ingredients is crucial. For this recipe, make sure you use high-quality bittersweet chocolate chips and espresso powder. You can also add some chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans for an extra kick of flavor.

Tip #3: Line Your Pan With Plastic Wrap

To make shaping the ribbon cookies easier, line the bottom and sides of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. It’ll help prevent any sticking and make it easy to transfer the dough into the baking sheet later on.

Tip #4: Don’t Overmix Your Dough

When adding your wet ingredients to your dry ones, don’t overmix. Stir just until a soft dough forms; otherwise, your cookies might turn out tough.

Tip #5: Experiment With Different Variations

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this cookie recipe! Try swapping out chocolate chips for white chocolate or adding cocoa powder instead of espresso powder. You can also make gluten-free coffee cookies by using a gluten-free cookie mix.

Tip #6: Store Them Properly

Store your crisp chocolate espresso ribbon cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. You can also freeze them for up to two months. Just make sure you place them between layers of wax paper so that they don’t stick together.

By following these tips, you’re sure to impress your friends and family with your baking skills. Enjoy your delicious cookies and experiment with different flavors and variations!


Now that you have learned all the necessary steps to make Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies, it’s time to address some of the frequently asked questions about this recipe. From ingredient substitutions to baking time, these questions will help you tackle any concerns or difficulties you may encounter while making this batch of delicious cookies. Read on to find out more in this section of the recipe article.

How to enhance Betty Crocker cookie mix?

As a barista, I know that using the right ingredients and flavorings can make all the difference in how a coffee tastes. For those who want to add a unique twist to their coffee, there are plenty of substitutes that can be used to replace common ingredients such as butter, margarine, granulated sugar, and more. In this article, I will provide detailed instructions and recommendations on how to make different types of coffee by using substitutes like coconut oil, maple syrup, and extracts like vanilla and almond. Additionally, I will share some tips and tricks on how to incorporate flavors like rum and ginger for those who want to add a little extra something to their coffee. Lastly, I will provide some insights on how to make a perfect cheesecake coffee.

How to jazz up chocolate chip cookie mix?

Are you looking to take your coffee game to the next level? As a barista, I’ve got some insider tips on adding some oomph to your coffee-infused treats. Let me walk you through some detailed instructions and recommendations that will make your recipe stand out.

First up, have you ever heard of browned butter? It’s a game-changer in baking. Melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and let it cook until it turns a golden-brown color. This process gives your baked goods a rich and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with coffee.

Next, when you’re mixing your dry ingredients, consider whisking in some coffee grounds or espresso powder. This will give your recipe a burst of coffee flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more.

When it’s time to add in chocolate, opt for hand-chopped chunks rather than regular chips. This will ensure that your baked goods have melty pockets of chocolate that complement the coffee flavor.

For an extra crunch, try stirring in some cereal into the dough. The texture contrast will add depth to your recipe.

Want to take things even further? Fold in your favorite snack food, whether it’s pretzels, peanuts, or even potato chips. This will give your treats unique and addictive flavors.

Finally, before you pop your dough balls into the oven, sprinkle them with flaky salt. This will make sure every bite is well-balanced and satisfying.

There you have it – you’ve learned some of my secrets for creating irresistible coffee-infused treats. Give these tips a try and watch your baked goods become the talk of your next get-together.

How to improve Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough?

Hey there, coffee lovers! As a barista, I am here to share with you some insider tips on how to make your coffee taste more exciting and flavorful. Are you ready to spice up your coffee game? Follow along for some creative ideas.

Firstly, adding a pinch of spice to your coffee can give it an extra kick of flavor. Some popular spices to add are cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Simply sprinkle a bit of your desired spice into your coffee grounds before brewing, and voila! A new twist on your favorite coffee.

Secondly, if you want to make your coffee taste like a dessert, try adding a splash of extract. Vanilla, almond, and hazelnut are all popular flavors that can transform your coffee into a decadent treat. Add the extract to your coffee before brewing, or stir it in afterwards for an extra burst of flavor.

Next, if you want to impress your friends with a special coffee presentation, roll the sides of your coffee mug in a topping of your choice. Coconut flakes, cocoa powder, and crushed nuts are all great options for a decorative touch. Not only will your coffee look Instagram-worthy, but it will taste delicious too.

Another way to add texture to your coffee is by stirring in some nuts. Whether it’s crushed almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts, adding nuts to your coffee can provide a satisfying crunch and flavor. Just make sure you have a grinder to get the nuts into smaller pieces if needed.

Lastly, if you are feeling adventurous, try adding savory snacks to your coffee. Yes, you read that right! Pretzels, chips, and even popcorn can add a unique twist to your coffee. The salty flavor can balance out the sweetness of your coffee and create an interesting taste. Just make sure to choose a snack that complements your coffee flavor to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

I hope these tips have inspired you to try something new with your coffee. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to coffee creations, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own!

How to improve Pillsbury sugar cookie mix?

To enhance the flavor of your sugar cookies, incorporating extracts can make a noticeable difference. Adding a spoonful or two of extracts can make a significant impact on the taste. Vanilla is the most common extract used, but if you are looking for a more unique flavor, blending vanilla with almond extract can give your sugar cookies a nuanced taste. Alternatively, you can consider using rum, maple, or anise extracts for an aromatic and delightful twist.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are looking for a treat that’s easy to make and sure to impress, look no further than these Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies. These cookies are not only delicious but also a great way to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. With their chocolatey-richness, sweet espresso flavor, and crisp texture, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

So, whether you want to enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or tea, gift them to someone special or indulge in them yourself. Whip up these cookies today and treat yourself to a gourmet experience like no other!

Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies (Cookie Mix)

Crisp Chocolate Espresso Ribbon Cookies (Cookie Mix) Recipe

Source: Betty Crocker. "Love do-aheads? With layered cookie dough in your fridge or freezer, you can bake and serve these delicious cookies whenever you want." There is 2 hour refrigeration time with this recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 23.9 kcal


  • 1 (17 1/2 ounce) envelope betty crocker sugar cookie mix
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans, coarsely to finely crushed
  • 1/3 coarsely toasted almond, chopped


  • Line bottom and sides of 9x5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap.
  • In large bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, butter, almond extract and egg until soft dough forms.
  • Divide dough in half; place half of dough in another bowl.
  • Stir melted chocolate into half of dough.
  • To remaining half of dough, mix in espresso beans and almonds.
  • Firmly press half of chocolate dough evenly in bottom of loaf pan.
  • Evenly press half of espresso dough over chocolate dough in pan.
  • Repeat with remaining chocolate dough and espresso dough.
  • Fold plastic wrap over dough to cover.
  • Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Remove dough from pan; unwrap.
  • Place dough on cutting board.
  • Cut dough crosswise into 4 equal pieces.
  • Cut each piece crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  • Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

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Serving: 4gCalories: 23.9kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 0.3gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 18.6mgFiber: 0.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, For Large Groups
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