Who says no to chewy dark-chocolate brownie cookies topped with indulgent dalgona coffee-inspired chocolate & cream cheese frosting? Nobody! This super easy recipe will test your will not to eat the dough before they get to the oven and lick the icing off the bowl.
A rich, soft dark chocolate brookie topped with creamy, whipped coffee icing, this is a no-brainer dessert for cookie, brownie, and coffee lovers everywhere!
If you’ve been searching for the perfect dark chocolate dessert to satisfy your craving, look no further. These cookies are sure to satisfy even the strongest of sweet toothes! The unique addition of Dalgona coffee combines wonderfully with the cream cheese icing makes these soft dark chocolate cookies a one-of-a-kind and delicious treat.
The frosting itself is not too heavy or as cloyingly sweet as typical cookie icings that feel impossible to eat all at once. You won’t have to scope any of it off, but rest assured it’s still full of flavor!
Why You’ll Love These Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies
- They are fun to make and decorate
- They have a more sophisticated flavor if you are looking for something new
- They are easy to make and can serve quite a few guests, so you can share them with your friends and family
Equipment Needed To Make soft dark chocolate cookies
- 2 baking trays
- Baking paper
- A large pot
- A medium-size heat safe bowl
- A large mixing bowl
- A sifter
- An ice cream scoop or a tablespoon
- An electric hand mixer
Ingredients For Your Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- dark chocolate
- salted butter, cubed
- large eggs
- fine caster sugar
- packed brown sugar
- All Purpose flour
- baking powder
- cocoa powder
- espresso powder or instant coffee
- Sea salt flakes (for topping)
Dalgona chocolate icing:
- hot water
- instant coffee
- white sugar
- cream cheese
- icing sugar
- cocoa powder
How To Make Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Prepare two baking trays lined with baking paper and set aside.
- Place the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and allow to melt while stirring. Once melted, take off the heat and set aside.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light & fluffy (5 minutes).
- Pour in the melted chocolate with butter to the egg mixture and mix for another minute.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together over the chocolate batter and whisk until just combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop, or a tablespoon, place the cookie mix on the lined baking trays about 5cm apart from each other to allow the cookies to expand during baking.
- Sprinkle the dough balls with flaky salt on top and bake for 12 minutes, then cool completely.
- For the frosting, combine the hot water, instant coffee, and white sugar in a bowl. With a mixer, whisk the ingredients until light and creamy (10 minutes).
- Whisk the cream cheese and icing sugar in another bowl using the same whisk & attachment.
- Fold in the whipped coffee cream mixture until all are well incorporated.
- Add the cocoa and mix. Cool in the fridge until cookies are cool enough to ice.
What to Serve/Pair with Your Soft Dark Chocolate Cookies
Pairing sides with your dark chocolate cookie brownies may seem difficult, but you just have to remember to keep your pairings simple and make sure the flavors complement each other. In this recipe, you could have fresh fruit as a healthy and fresh-tasting side for these more rich and decadent cookies.
Any fruit would be an excellent choice, but especially those with a unique tartness or citrus flavor such as raspberries or oranges, both pair nicely with the flavors of this recipe. Berries of any kind would also add a nice tart freshness and would be a perfect side choice.
It may seem counterintuitive to try to pair a dessert with an already impeccable choice such as this recipe but, sometimes a cookie needs company! An easy go-to to pair with any chocolate dessert is vanilla ice cream. You eat vanilla ice cream with warm brownies all the time, so it would still be the ideal dessert pair for these brownie cookies.
The vanilla flavor will add a subtle sweetness and cancel out the divine bitterness of the coffee and dark chocolate. This is also a great choice to pair with this because it eliminates the worry of your cookies being “too chocolate-y”, and allows even the most apprehensive chocolate eaters to enjoy without the worry for too much richness.
A warm cookie washes down amazingly with a glass of cold milk, which is one option for a drink to pair with this recipe. It is a classic milk and cookies combination that many love, but if you are looking for a different beverage of choice, you could also include a warm cup of espresso or a sweet coffee of your choice.
The coffee compliments the chocolate and brings out the stronger flavors of coffee in the icing. You can also spice up your coffee by adding in some alcoholic liqueur such as Kahlua or Baileys Irish Cream.
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- Additions – Peanut butter chips or nuts. If you want to add in some more flavors you and your family love, feel free to add peanut butter chips or any type of chopped nuts to the cookie dough. This will give the cookies an extra crunch that adds texture and flavor.
- Substitutions – Egg substitutions. Suppose you or someone you are baking for has dietary restrictions. In that case, you can substitute the eggs for any number of popular baking substitutions such as applesauce or bananas, which equal out to about ¼ of each to match one egg.
- Substitutions – Changing the chips. If you are not a fan of dark chocolate, you can absolutely substitute any other type of chocolate chip in this recipe. Using milk chocolate chips will cut out the bitterness but still leaves you with that classic chocolate flavor. White chocolate chips will replace the bitterness with a milkier sweetness in your ending product. You can even use semi-sweet chips if you want to keep just a little bitterness without it being overbearing.
How To Reheat & Store Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Best Way To Store Chocolate Cookies with Icing Leftover
The best way to store these cookies is to place them in an airtight container at room temperature. They can be placed in the refrigerator, but this may make their consistency change.
How Long Will Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies Last In the Fridge?
These cookies will last for 1 to 2 days if left at room temperature and will last about 5 days in the refrigerator.
Can I Freeze Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
While I would not advise freezing the baked cookies as they will likely lose their softer and more fluffy texture, you can definitely freeze the cookie dough! If you want to create a few large batches and freeze the dough to bake for another occasion, that is a great way to pre-prep for events where you can use this amazing recipe.
How To Reheat Soft Dark Chocolate Cookies
You can reheat these cookies in a couple of different ways, the main one being to use your conventional oven and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cookies on a foil-lined baking sheet and watch them carefully as they do not need to be hot, just slightly warm. You can also use your microwave if you’re looking for a quicker option. This method requires you to place your cookies on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave in small bursts of 10-15 seconds until your cookies are warm.
Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies FAQs
What is the difference between a cookie and a brownie?
A cookie is a small, flat, baked cake that is either crisp or soft but firm (often with chocolate chips, candies, or nuts mixed in), while a brownie is a small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
What is Dalgona?
Dalgona coffee is a whipped, frothy iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk. Also known as "whipped coffee", "frothy coffee", or "fluffy coffee"
Can I make these cookies gluten-free?
Yes, you can make these cookies gluten-free by making small substitutions. Instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use a gluten-free flour substitute. One I recommend is this All Purpose Bob's Red Mill. This flour can be used in this recipe and is specifically for baking, so it should not affect the overall look or inflation of your brownie cookies.
Can my children eat these, or will the coffee spike their energy?
Yes, your children can eat these cookies, and if you are worried about the espresso or coffee intake, then you can simply replace the instant coffee with a decaffeinated version, and it will still taste the same without the worry of your children going 100 miles per hour before bedtime.
Can I make these vegan?
Yes, you can make substitutions in this recipe to make it a vegan option for you and your family. The important things to replace first are the eggs, butter, and cream cheese. The eggs can be replaced with a variety of store-bought options or creative substitutions like we mentioned above, applesauce or bananas. Butter is another one that has many products in-store to replace it, so you may have a brand you enjoy at home like Earth Balance, or I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan. Cream cheese may seem like a tricky one to replace, but a few options are using a vegan Greek yogurt or even pureed Tofu. Target also has a nice selection of vegan dark chocolate chips, which you can use in this recipe.
Will this recipe be enough for my family of 6?
Yes, if you are looking for a dessert where one batch will satisfy the sweet teeth of your entire family, this one should do it! It serves up to 12 large cookies, but can serve 15 small cookies. That means everyone in your family (including you!) can eat 2 cookies each, which should be enough for an after-dinner treat.
Do I have to use sea salt as a topping?
No, if you don’t like the idea of salt in your desserts, you can omit that topping. It is completely optional and just serves to further elevate the flavors of the dark chocolate and coffee.
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- 200 g dark chocolate
- ½ cup salted butter cubed
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup fine caster sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup All Purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee
- Sea salt flakes for topping
- 2 tablespoon hot water
- 2 tablespoon instant coffee
- 2 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 cup cream cheese
- ½ cup icing sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Prepare two baking trays lined with baking paper and set aside.
Place the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and allow to melt while stirring. Once melted, take off the heat and set aside.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light & fluffy (5 minutes).
Pour in the melted chocolate with butter to the egg mixture and mix for another minute.
Sift all the dry ingredients together over the chocolate batter and whisk until just combined.
Using an ice cream scoop, or a tablespoon, place the cookie mix on the lined baking trays about 2in apart from each other to allow the cookies to expand during baking.
Sprinkle the dough balls with flaky salt on top and bake for 12 minutes then cool completely.
For the frosting, combine the hot water, instant coffee and white sugar in a bowl. With a mixer, whisk the ingredients until light and creamy (10 minutes).
Whisk the cream cheese and icing sugar in another bowl using the same whisk & attachment.
Fold in the whipped coffee cream mixture until all are well incorporated.
Add the cocoa and mix. Cool in the fridge until cookies are cool enough to ice.
Milk, white or semi-sweet chocolate can also be used instead of dark.
Feeling more adventurous - also try peanut butter chips and some nuts for added crunch