Nutty Kahlua Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Kirsten on January 25, 2011 · 25 comments

in Cookies, Cupcakes & Muffins, Desserts

It is really not my intention to spoil any of your new year’s resolutions, really not. I think we all try to eat a little healthier to get rid of a few pounds accumulated over the holidays. I know, my mirror knows and so does my scale. Personally, I don’t believe in depriving yourself of something completely. Everything works in moderation. Therefore cookies are also a part of a healthy diet if you don’t eat 10 cookies a day, right?

My nutty Kahlua chocolate chip cookies are baked with hazel- and walnuts. Both nuts contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These are the good fats! The chocolate gives you the little bit of mood boost during your long work day.

My recommendation/ prescription :
Enjoy about two per day with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Eaten preferably mid afternoon.  Don’t skip doses. Finish the batch. For refills consult your favorite baker.



Makes about 40-50 cookies.


* 1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature (always unsalted for baking!)
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
* 2 eggs, at room temperature
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 tablespoons Kahlua
* 2 2/3 cup flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* pinch of salt
* 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
* 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts and hazelnuts)


Preheat Convection oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with baking paper or silicon pad.

Mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a kitchen machine cream the butter and sugars for about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing very well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla flavor and Kahlua. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until well integrated. Add the nuts and chocolate chips, mix well.

Drop the dough by flattened tablespoons on the lined baking sheet. Bake on center rack for about 9 to 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start turning brown.

 This cookie recipe is already adjusted to the altitude I live at, which is about 6500 feet (almost 2000 m).

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Susan Young April 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I can't wait to make these this weekend! Isn't it tradition to have a drink of Kahlua with every batch while baking these cookies? If it's not, it will be come Saturday! Yummy! 🙂

Now Serving January 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

WOW – Yummalicious! I am book marking this one to try today! I do believe I have a bottle of K sitting in the cabinet…

El January 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm

These look phenomenal. I love the idea of Kahlua in a cookie. How flavorful!

Hazel January 28, 2011 at 2:37 am

Wow. I have never heard of Kahlua in cookies before but it sounds absolutely delicious! I love your prescription – I must make some of these and follow it!

Chef Bee January 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

New Year resolutions or not, we all need a yummy treat. Looks amazing.

Plan B

pigpigscorner January 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Wow, Kahlua is an interesting addition. Looks so good!

Elisabeth January 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I love Kahlua, and these cookies are awesome with the sweet coffee goodnes from the liquir and the nuts. so buttery perfect. I would love one right now…but who can stop at one cookie?…that means get my act together, and bake some. I always have Kahlua on hand!

Chele January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

These cookies would casue serious problems in my house, not least becasue they look so innocent yet lurking beneath that facade would be the hint of booze …. which would have me running for the bottle lol. They look great ;0)

Lea Ann January 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I really appreciate the High Altitude baking tips. I think I've told you before that I pretty much stopped baking when I moved here. Disaster after disaster. I agree on the moderation approach.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) January 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

Definitely a moderate approach to everything in life is the healthiest. But healthy or not healthy aside, I think these would be delicious..and I want one!

Anna Johnston January 27, 2011 at 3:11 am

Saleswomanship like this, I'd buy for sure. 2 a day you say – Oh Well… OK, if i must 🙂

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE January 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

What? I thought 10 cookies a day was ok, just not a dozen! 😉

They look SO wonderful!

Guvi January 27, 2011 at 2:25 am

Thank you for this recipe, it's now on my list for the Valentine's Day potluck in the office!

City Share January 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

Those look fabulous. I have to skip the kahlua these days, but in 6 months I will give these a try. I like your prescription.

Cathy January 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I live in hazelnut country and am always looking for recipes using this wonderful nut. Several of this yummy cookies would make a perfect afternoon snack.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle January 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I appreciate the prescription though I tend to overdose when given the opportunity Doctor; but am dying for some of these, right now!

I'm with you on the high altitude cookie business; but have found that it also helps to increase the oven temp a bit and decrease the cooking time; leavening expands quicker at altitude and that change seems to help keep the cookies from having a chance to both rise quicker and then fall.

I never used to worry about them falling…they've always tasted great but now that I'm blogging and see what other cookies look like…it's a mission of mine to find that perfect blend of ingredients and modifications to get that visually perfect result!

So nice to see you again; love our get togethers!

highplainsdrifters January 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I'm having no luck with high altitude conversions. We're right at 5200, which must not be quite high enough, because usually the normal recipe works best.

Your picture reminded me of something I've been having trouble with: I just cannot bake a chocolate chip cookie where the chips stay hidden in the batter and don't pop through the top of the cookie. My greatgrandma always said that was the mark of a perfect chocolate chip cookie, and your pix look darn near perfect.

Karen Harris January 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Thanks for the high altitude hints. Yes, since moving here I have several baking disasters on record. I am still trying to figure out how to make a good English Victoria sponge at 6,000 feet. I've temporarily given up but may give it another try sometime soon. I'll let you know if I finally have a success. Lovely recipe for the cookies. I may just try them instead.

The Food Hound January 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Not that I ever needed an excuse to restock our Kahlua stash.. but these look amazing 🙂 The walnut and hazelnut combination is really unique for a cookie– love it!

scrambledhenfruit January 26, 2011 at 3:12 am

Love those omega 3s! This is purely a medicinal dose right? I'm afraid I'd overdose on these. 🙂

uebernteich January 26, 2011 at 2:56 am

Just made an exchange with a friend. Got some Kahlua from her and promised her to bring her 10 cookies… 🙂
So now I can get started….

Carlos January 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

Two per day? LOL impossible! These cookies look so good I am afraid I will have to go to confession on sunday and on a diet next week. I could be a bad boy and deep them in a white russian. I love Kahlua and Copa de oro.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window January 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Very good advice , but I can never eat just two. Great recipe.

kitchen flavours January 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I don' think that I can stop at only two! It has Kahlua! My favourite! Bookmarking this. Thank you for sharing!

JelliDonut January 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This is my kind of prescription! I'll try not to overdose. Yum!

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