Coffee Bean Cookies without Baking Soda

Coffer Bean Cookies - pigoutyvr

You don’t need milk or baking soda for this Coffee Bean Cookies recipe. It tastes as delicious as it looks. It has a subtle sweetness, which pairs well with a cup of hot coffee. More importantly, these cookies are bite-sized, and they are perfect for afternoon tea snacks.

Coffer Bean Cookies - pigoutyvr

I lower the amount of icing sugar I used in the recipe, which makes the cookies less sweet and has a stronger coffee flavor. If you prefer enjoying it with black coffee, you can use the original amount – 70g of icing sugar.

Coffer Bean Cookies - pigoutyvr
Coffee Bean Cookies - pigoutyvr
Coffee Bean Cookies
Coffer Bean Cookies - pigoutyvr

Coffee Bean Cookies (no Baking Soda)

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Freezing Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 2 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 36 pieces

Equipment

  • Silicone Spatula
  • Hand Mixer
  • Sieve
  • Oven
  • Freezer

Ingredients
  

  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 12 g cocoa powder
  • 25 g corn starch
  • 5 g instant coffee powder
  • 8 g hot water
  • 75 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 65 g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk the softened unsalted butter until creamy.
  • Add the icing sugar into the butter and whisk until combined with no lumps.
  • Add the egg yolk into the mixture. Mix until combined.
  • Mix the instant coffee powder and hot water until combined. Add into the yolk mixture and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, and corn starch.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into the batter gradually – one-third at a time. Mix until it forms a soft dough.
  • Separate the dough into balls of 8g each. Shape them into an oval shape.
  • Carefully use the back of a butter knife or toothpick to press a middle line on each dough.
  • Place them on parchment paper and in a container with a lid. Put them into the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 170 °C or 325 °F.
  • Transfer the coffee bean cookies on to a baking sheet with parchment paper carefully. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • Carefully place the cookies into the cooling rack. Ready to serve.
Keyword Coffee, Coffee Bean, Cookies

Reference: Joconde’s Baking

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58 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh these are too cute, I bet they’re yummy too.

    1. Yes, they are! Perfect for afternoon tea treats!

  2. Thank you so much for this fun to bake recipe ! I loved it, but my cookies came out of the oven weirdly crackled, do you have any idea why ?

    1. Hi Emilie, one key thing to prevent cracks is when you roll the dough, make sure the dough is smooth and no cracks before you add a cut on the bean and put them into the freezer. If it is not smooth, the cracks remain and will become weirdly crackled. Also when baking, don’t put your pan too close to the upper heater. Just place it in the center. It should fix the problem.

      1. Hey there, I tried these and they were smooth and perfect. Then when I put the cut on the bean they cracked 🙁 any idea what I did wrong?

      2. Hi Teri, one thing I did is to use the back of the butter knife or even a plastic scraper instead to make the cut. Do it slowly and lightly to prevent the crack. Otherwise, it might be because the dough is slightly too dry. Let me know if this helps.

    2. Your oven may be running hot – trying cooking somewhat cooler for somewhat longer. Typically cracking is caused by the exterior baking too quickly while the interior still expanding.

  3. Thank you for this fun to bake recipe ! I loved it, but my cookies came out of the oven weirdly crackled, so you have any idea why ?

    1. Hi Emilie, one key thing to prevent cracks is when you roll the dough, make sure the dough is smooth and no cracks before you add a cut on the bean and put them into the freezer. If it is not smooth, the cracks remain and will become weirdly crackled. Also when baking, don’t put your pan too close to the upper heater. Just place it in the center. It should fix the problem.

  4. are these cookies crunchy or soft?

    1. Hi Jamie, they are semi-soft! ❤️🥰

  5. Hi Regina! If we do not have icing sugar readily available, is there a substitute you could recommend? Thanks!

  6. Hi Regina! If we do not have icing sugar readily available, is there a substitute you could recommend? Thanks!

    1. Hi, you can definitely use sugar as a substitute, but you have to make sure they are the fine sugar. Otherwise you will have a grainy dough.

    2. Hi! If you do not have icing sugar but have a blender or spice grinder , you can put regular sugar in and grind it until it becomes a powder. Weigh out your 65g after grinding

      1. Thank you so much, Tracey!

  7. I’m so excited to give this a go later! I was hoping you could answer a question since I’m worried it may make a difference. Did you go with sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder? 🙂

    1. Hi Kim, definitely unsweetened! I can’t wait to see your final products ❤️

  8. Hi, will it be okay if I don’t put them in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking? I don’t really have space left in the freezer but I want to make these cookies so badly.

    1. Hi Cheryl, if you don’t put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, it might not stay in the perfect coffee bean shape. What I did is to transfer them into a smaller lunch box and line them with parchment paper before putting into the freezer. Just have to be careful don’t ruin the shape! I hope this helps!

      1. Thank you! Yes, the tip is very helpful. I can’t wait to try making them soon.

  9. Would instant espresso powder work as well?

    1. Yes as long as it dissolves in water. However make sure you adjust the amount based on how much you love coffee, since espresso is much stronger 🥰

  10. I don’t have instant coffee, do you reckon that coffee extract would do the same thing?

    1. Hi Crystal, you can use coffee extract as well. Just be mindful of the strong flavor because it is concentrated. 😁

  11. I made this yesterday!! Made it vegan by subbing butter w Coconut yogurt!! Going to use raw dark cacao next time as the one I used this time was too light in colour. And I need to learn how to propely roll them into a bean-shape too. It’s hard!! 😅 Kudos to you!!

    1. Ooooo that sounds great with coconut yogurt! When I roll them into bean-shape, the dough was not really sticky and easy to work with. I’m not sure with the coconut yogurt would that change its texture. How did you like it in terms of flavor though? 😍😍

  12. these are so cute! they took time to form but it was calming and a lot of fun. they taste wonderful too – soft and not too sweet. i used instant espresso instead because i wanted a stronger coffee flavor – still amazing. thank you!

    1. Aww thank you Cristina ❤️❤️ I’m glad that you like it! Yes I do agree making them is fun hahaha and so mini too 🤩

  13. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  14. can a sugar substitute be used instead of icing sugar?

    1. Hi Maryann, I would prefer not to, as your cookie dough might be grainy if didn’t mix well. However, if you have a coffee grinder or grinder of any kind, you can grind the sugar ❤️ and turn them into finer sugar.

  15. Hi there, would like to ask if i would like to use the air fryer instead, how can i adjust the baking process? Thanks!

    1. Hey Yan, unfortunately I don’t have an air fryer, but one of my reader uses air fryer and the cookies turned out flat. 😞 so I think it is best to bake them!

  16. Hi! I just made some of these today! I really like it and my friends said it was such a cute concept! Thank you for the recipe! 😊

    1. Hi Alrena, thank you so much! I am glad that you and your friends enjoy them!

  17. These were really weird. I don’t know what I was expecting because I’d never had anything like these before. That said, they are super cute and not that bad. After 2 pieces, I kinda got used to the texture and didn’t mind it as much. I followed the recipe exactly.

    1. Thank you Hannah for using my recipe, and I’m glad that you enjoyed the cookies!

  18. Great flavor and texture! Mine spread a bit more than I wanted them to, though. I may add a bit more flour and a bit less corn starch next time though. I’m also going to let them air dry for a few hours before baking. I do this with my piped Viennese shortbread- they form a “skin” and therefore maintain their shape and ridges during the bake. I also want to sandwich 2 of the coffee beans together with some ganache.

    1. Omggggg your way of making sounds delicious! Mini coffee bean sandwiches – very inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🥰

  19. OMG. It’s so cute. I think It will definitely be delicious.

    1. Aww thank you so much. They are definitely an addicting treat ❤️

  20. I can’t wait any longer. I will make it right now.

    1. Yayyy I can’t wait to see the final products ❤️❤️

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  22. So cuteee.. I did try it and am waiting for coming out!

    1. Ohhhh how did you like it?

  23. I hope the kids can’t reach the cookie jar or you guys are going to suffer! Great photos!

    1. Haha they are gone faster than I imagined 😂 and thank you so much!!

  24. Is it possible to just replace the all purpose flour and cornstarch with cake flour?

  25. Is it possible to replace the all-purpose flour and cornstarch with cake flour?

    1. Hi Chloe, unfortunately I have never tried before as the texture might change with the addition of corn starch. Cuz usually ppl add corn starch to make the cookies softer and moister, but this coffee bean cookies are crispy outside, soft inside. I recommend to try doing half a batch using first 1:1 substitution on cake flour and see how it goes ☺️ sorry didn’t help much, but let me know if you have more questions.

      1. Okay, thanks for your reply anyway! 😊

  26. SO cute! I love it and I did it last Sunday. It already makes my days

    1. Thank you so much Kenny! I am so glad that you enjoyed them!

  27. I have already made it perfectly. So cute! This times it came out so great.

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad that you enjoyed them 🥰

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