Chocolate Kahlua Cookies with Cafe au Lait Frosting
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Serves: about 20 cookie sandwiches
Soft chocolate cookies with a hint of Kahlua and lots of mini chocolate chips sandwiched with a smooth milky frosting flavored with coffee. Cookie love. Please leave yourself 30 minutes chill time for the cookie dough in between prep and baking.
  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • For the Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly butter it.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and Kahlua. Beat until combined.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Start the mixer on low and gradually bring the speed up to medium/medium high. Mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Portion the dough out by the tablespoonful, roll each cookie into a ball, and place them on the prepared baking sheet about 2" apart.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes - the centers will still be slightly soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely (sometimes I put mine in the freezer to chill faster so I can frost them right away).
  7. While the cookies cool, make the frosting. Beat the butter and ONE cup of the powdered sugar together until smooth. Add another cup of powdered sugar. The mixture will become crumbly. Add the vanilla and coffee. When it all comes together add the third cup of powdered sugar. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the milk, and another to reach the desired consistency. If you need to thicken the frosting add more powdered sugar. If you need to thin it out add more coffee/milk. Try to keep the coffee:milk measurements close to the same.
  8. Spread the cooled cookies generously with frosting and sandwich them together.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at