Foodie Friday: Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I haven’t posted a recipe in a while.

Not because I haven’t been cooking, baking or God forbid, EATING.

I just hadn’t made anything different.

One weekend however, while on a food blog browsing spree (what, you don’t do that??), I stumbled on this recipe for Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. The best six words in one sentence ever.

Also? One of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten!

BUT, we couldn’t really taste the espresso. Methinks it’s just my choice of espresso powder (confession: I didn’t have any so I resorted to instant coffee powder, eek!), so do use a good instant espresso powder.

We finished this batch of cookies in less than 48 hours. It was addictive. You’ve been warned!

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  1. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  3. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 1 cup granulated sugar
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  10. 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  11. Fleur de sel, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture with a wooden spoon or large rubber spatula. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  5. Working with a generous 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll the dough into 2-inch balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of fleur de sel.
  6. Bake until the cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies with a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 31, 2012 Keely

    Orrr….I could just wait for someone to make me a batch. (This is really how I “bake.” It’s worked for roughly 32 years so far.)
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Well, that’s clever. I think that’s my husband’s tactic!

  • August 31, 2012 Maureen

    Must.not.lick.the.screen! I’m a lousy baker hahaha but that looks mighty delicious.

    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      They were yum but very fattening 🙂

  • August 31, 2012 MamaCassie

    Looks yummy!!! I will be pinning this for a rainy day 🙂
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Yay! Let me know when you try the recipe.

  • August 31, 2012 Co-Pilot Mom

    I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! The salted espresso part has me intrigued. May have to try these.

    P.S. Cookies never last long at my house either!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Oh the salted espresso part is a winner!

  • August 31, 2012 Poppy

    So we finish most baked cookies in our home within 48 hours, but I do have a teenager with lots of friends:) I’m pinning these!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Yay, thanks! But it’s fair, when you have teens. Here, it’s just the two of us nomming on them cookies (my toddler doesn’t like cookies, what?)

  • August 31, 2012 Stasha

    You had me at cookie. But espresso cookie?? I think I am in love. Also I only have espresso at home. Cause I am awesome like that 🙂 Let you know the verdict soon.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Yes, tell me how yummy they were!

  • August 31, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Oooh, those look SO delicious!!!
    P.S. I make double and triple batches of cookies around here, and I’m sorry to say they are usually gone within 24 hours 😉
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Well, there are a lot of mouths to feed over there 🙂

  • August 31, 2012 KalleyC

    Even though I’m not into coffee, these look absolutely yummy.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      You can barely taste the coffee, it’s more chocolatey and oatmeal-y 🙂

  • August 31, 2012 Lily From It's A Dome Life

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Espresso, chocolate, rolled oats…these are a few of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing it.

    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      You’re welcome and do let me know how they turn out!

  • August 31, 2012 Lady Jennie

    This sounds good. Even with really good espresso powder, which you can get in France. It’s hard to taste it. You can feel it though.

    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      You can definitely smell it, if not taste it!

  • September 1, 2012 Devon Riesenberg (

    Oh Wow! I’ve never heard of this combo before and I love oatmeal cookies! Thanks for sharing…my favorite cookies are gooey and slightly crispy chocolate chip…yum!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Made right, they are gooey in the middle!

  • September 1, 2012 Jessica

    Oh, these look and sound delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Love, care and share!

  • September 1, 2012 Asianmommy

    Mmm…this recipe sounds amazing!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      It is pretty good!

  • September 1, 2012 AnnMarie

    Definitely pinning these. My favorite cookes are chocolate chip with nuts in them. I can eat a dozen of them.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      I can relate to eating a dozen cookies 😉

  • September 1, 2012 Carrie

    Oh boy…those look dangerously good.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      They are indeed!

  • September 1, 2012 coffee in a cup

    that’s one loud ‘YUM’ from me!
    stopping by from sits 🙂
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • September 1, 2012 Louise Ducote

    Yum yum yum! I do have some espresso powder in my pantry so I may be making these shortly! Thanks for posting.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Hope they turned out yummy!

  • September 1, 2012 ilene

    OH my gosh. I am trying to figure out how to make these in my own alternative way (since I don’t eat anything “fun”) – and when I figure it out, I am definitely eating them for breakfast!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Do you mean dairy/ sugar/ gluten free? 🙂 I hope you find a good sub!

  • September 1, 2012 Janine (

    I love breakfast cookies! And I’ve been wanting to try a recipe with espresso powder in it. These look amazing!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      They absolutely are! (PS: they’re technically not breakfast cookies but since there’s coffee and oatmeal in them, I decided to call them that, heh)

  • September 1, 2012 Katie

    annnnd pinned. these cookies have all of my most favorite things: coffee, chocolate, and cookie.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for Pinning!

      That’s like the axis of awesome isn’t it? Coffee, chocolate, cookie?

  • September 1, 2012 Jamie

    Those do look awesome and what a great idea to have them over breakfast. Just the same (probably better for them) than the breakfast bars they eat with choco chips.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      I think so too!

  • September 2, 2012 My Inner Chick

    OOO, Yes!
    I saw these on your facebook page. I looooooove salt and sweet together.

    I’m talking about the cookie, although YOU are Very sweet, Mama A.

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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Hee, thank you Kim!

  • September 2, 2012 misssrobin

    They sound and look yummy!

    My favorite cookies are my own, home-made chocolate chip cookies. I have tweaked the recipe a few times over the years and now it’s just right.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      You must share that recipe!

  • September 2, 2012 Vanita

    so my cooking skills are barely improving, though i sometimes want to burn little just a bit to stay true to my profile as burning dinner daily, but baking? baking…i rock! ok, not really. oldest teen rocks, so i will of course send her your way! these look delish! and hubby loves oatmeal
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Did she make them for you already?

      • September 4, 2012 Vanita

        no, she’s a meanie i tell you. something about doing it next weekend…having too much to do this weekend prepping for back to school…all i hear is blah blah blah no time for making mommy cookies. 😐
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  • Chocolat chip with walnuts. Oh nom!
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    • September 3, 2012 Alison

      Anything chocolate in a cookie is sure to win one over, yes?

  • September 3, 2012 Laura

    Coffee in a cookie?! Well, okay then!
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    • September 4, 2012 Alison

      Right? Genius.

  • September 4, 2012 Brittany

    Oh my yummy! Those look so good. I always love when you post recipes. I just need to try some!
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    • September 4, 2012 Alison

      Do try these, they’re so good!

  • September 4, 2012 braintomahawk

    Well you don’t need to taste the espresso – you just need the effect – also maybe why they went so fast ;). The oatmeal completely justifies them as a breakfast item!

    These look great though, and familiar enough a recipe. My favorite to make and eat (and share! always share!) are PB chocolate chip.
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    • September 4, 2012 Alison

      I made them again and added more espresso and ground them finer – and I still could’t really taste it. BUT, I could smell it!!

      Peanut choc chip – yum!

  • September 4, 2012 kristin

    Hi Alison 🙂 Those cookies sound soooo yummy. I may have to give them a try when it finally cools off enough here to do some baking. We had temps of 103-106 the past few days. Needless to say I’m so ready for fall 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Xo
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    • September 4, 2012 Alison

      Yay for cooler weather and cookie making (and eating!).

  • September 5, 2012 Jessica

    Adding to my list of cookies to try soon…
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    • September 5, 2012 Alison

      Let me know how they turn out!

  • September 5, 2012 Lorna

    I must get Sarge to make these for me! Ha! A few of my favourite things mashed together. Not really into cookies unless they’re Oreos, anything with peanut butter, or Venetians. Or Girl Scout cookies, which don’t seem to exist here, So, yeah. Not into cookies. At all.
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    • September 5, 2012 Alison

      Not into cookies??? WHY??? But try these, do. They’re yum!

  • September 5, 2012 Erin

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    Now, if only you delivered 🙂
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    • September 5, 2012 Alison

      If you lived nearer, I do and I will 😉

  • September 7, 2012 Tonya

    Minus the espresso part, these look freaking amazing!! I am SO into the sea salt thing right now.
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  • September 7, 2012 Alison

    Oh yes, me too. I’m making salted caramel sauce this weekend!

  • September 7, 2012 Galit Breen

    Ohmyword, yum! The best 6 words strung together, indeed!
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    • September 8, 2012 Alison

      You. Must. Try. These. xo

  • September 10, 2012 Eli

    Sometimes, after the kids go to bed, I just look at the photos on, by myself.

    These look pretty awesome. The best part of your recipe? I don’t see ‘calories’ listed in the ingredients. So we’re talking calorie-free goodness!

    (see how the logic of a dad makes the world a happier place, one dad – or cookie – at a time?)
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    • September 10, 2012 Alison

      Eh, calories-schmalories!

      Cookies make the world go round – fact.

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