Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 11, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
These cookies are loaded with pecans, chocolate chips and a bit of tang from rye flour.

Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are unlike any other baked good you've had before. They're dense, chewy, and have a unique, complex flavor from espresso powder, rye flour, and molasses.

Pile of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack

I love a good classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie as much as the next home baker. But sometimes I just want to branch out into more tasty flavors that go beyond the basics. I picked up some rye flour and wanted to add a more complex and interesting flavor to my cookies------these Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I decided to load them up with nuts, chocolate, and a hint of espresso. The result is a sophisticated dessert that's easy to whip up in a big batch and is even make-ahead friendly. Plus, these cookies are a great twist from reader faves like Big Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oversized Crinkled Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies, Big Bakery-Style Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Christmas Monster Cookies.

Plus, I made a browned butter chocolate chip pecan version in my cookbook, which is so delicious, Ya'll! Just as soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth as these!

Cookie dough scooper in a bowl of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie dough

Ingredients for Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some of the ingredients for these cookies are typical pantry staples. and the others, it's worth getting to enjoy some of the best homemade cookies you've ever tried! Here's what you need:

  • Dark rye flour. This is easy to find at most big grocery stores in the baking aisle. It's also online.
  • All-purpose flour. I use organic flour from Bob's Red Mill.
  • Espresso powder. You can also grind up coffee beans at home very finely.
  • Baking powder and soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter. Use unsalted for baking!
  • Brown and cane sugar. this duo adds a nice caramelized sweetness to your cookies.
  • Eggs. These should be at room temperature for easy blending.
  • Molasses. For an added depth of flavor.
  • Vanilla. Use pure vanilla for the best flavor.
  • Chocolate. You can use chocolate chips or a chopped chocolate bar.

Closeup of a pile of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

What Type of Chocolate is Best for these Cookies

If preferred, you can always use premium chocolate baking chips instead of chocolate bars. However, for best results----chocolate bars are what I recommend, which creates a more gooey, luscious texture and pockets of chocolate once melted.

Balls of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie dough on a baking sheet

Ingredient Substitutions and Swaps

You can easily mix up the inclusions in these cookies. Instead of pecans, use walnuts or macadamia nuts. You could omit the chocolate if you're not a fan or use white chocolate for a sweeter flavor. You can also add dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries.

If you want to omit the espresso, you can with no changes to the recipe.

What is the Banging Process?

The trick with how beautiful these Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies look is in the slight banging that occurs. During the baking process, you have to bang the baking sheet with your cookies a few times before they are fully baked.

Therefore, the "crinkling" comes as a result of the center of the cookies falling inward, pushing the rest of it outward. I know, it sounds pretty crazy, but it's so cool!

Combining this "crinkling" process with the flavor combo of chocolate and butterscotch (something that I felt inspired by based on my childhood), plus the fact that you get a bigger sized cookie is like heaven on Earth.

And don't worry---theses cookies aren't too big! OK, so they may be too big to dip in a glass full of milk, but they aren't too big to enjoy, for sure! Cheers to that!

Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies on a baking sheet

Storage Suggestions for Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days. For longer storage, keep them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag for up to six months.

You can also freeze raw cookie dough. I recommend portioning the dough out into cookie-sized balls, then freezing on a baking sheet before transferring to an airtight container for longer storage. You can bake the dough from frozen, just add about a minute to the cooking time.

Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack

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Hand grabbing an Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie from a wire rack


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Pile of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Overhead shot of Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack

Espresso Rye Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 11, 2022
5 from 1 vote
These cookies are made with dark rye flour, molasses and your favorite chunky fillings for a totally unique and delicious homemade treat!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Serves: 18 cookies



  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • 1 ¼ cups dark rye flour
  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or freshly ground coffee
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar, lightly-packed
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar + 2 Tbsps!
  • 2 large organic eggs, room temp. + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups premium chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add chopped pecans (topping them with a pinch of salt) to a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on just one side. Remove from oven and let cool completely.


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the cubed butter and let it melt fully. Whisk in the espresso powder (or ground coffee) until smooth and combined. Remove from heat and let everything cool.
  • In a bowl, add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pinch of cinnamon, whisking to combine. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the cooled espresso-butter and both sugars, mixing everything together (using a paddle attachment) on medium-high speed until combined and the mixture looks smooth and wet-like. Add in the eggs (1 at a time), egg yolk, molasses, and vanilla, mixing them together until combined.
  • With the mixer now on low-speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture, until smooth and combined. Fold in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate followed by the cooled toasted pecans. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and using a medium-size scoop (about 1 ½ Tbsps), scoop each cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1-inches between each cookie for spreading when they bake. 
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • OPTIONAL: At 5 minute mark (cookies should be slightly puffed in the center), lift baking sheet and let it drop against the rack. Repeat about twice if needed. This allows the edges to set and the inside to fall down.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and press remaining chocolate chips on top of warm cookies, if desired. 
  • Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for a few minutes (about 10 minutes or so) before transferring them over to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy with your favorite glass of milk (dairy-free or not).
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Once properly stored in an air-tight container, cookies last for 3-4 days at room temperature. 
  • FREEZE: You can also freeze your cookie dough (once formed into a ball) so that you can store them longer and bake as needed.
  • BANGING METHOD: I love making my cookies chunky, however, if you chose to use the “banging method” in this recipe to avoid cookies from being too puffy, it’s definitely optional!
  • CHOCOLATE: If preferred, you can always use premium chocolate baking chips instead of chocolate bars. However, for best results----chocolate bars are what I recommend.


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg


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  1. These were tasty! It’s nice that they have a complex flavor and are not sweet. Just right with a cup of coffee, but I think it would also pair really well with a beer.

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