Toffee Espresso Drop Cookies Recipe

Espresso toffee cookies with a cup of coffee
Carrie Vasios

A bold shot of espresso counteracts sweet toffee bits in these speckled drop cookies.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 24 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso (see note)

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup (about 3 1/2 ounces) packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup Heath Bits O' Brickle Toffee Bits (see note)


  1. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower-middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and espresso; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until evenly combined. mix in toffee bits. Drop dough by the rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies are just starting to get golden at the edges, 14 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve.


I used HEATH BITS O' BRICKLE Toffee Bits. If you can't find them, you can replace them with either a crushed Heath or Skor Bar (if you don't mind adding chocolate) or butterscotch chips (which also won't be exactly the same.) Either way, I'd suggest chopping the replacement toffee finely, as the Heath Bits are exactly that: super small crumbs of toffee that keep these cookies from being chunky.

I used Medaglia D'oro Instant Espresso, which can be found in some supermarkets or online. I really recommend keeping some in your pantry—a teaspoon will boost the flavor of most any chocolate dessert.

Special Equipment

Stand mixer, baking sheet, parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
129 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 129
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 22mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)