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Mocha Almond Cookies

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Mocha Almond Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Winter 1990


  • 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, finely ground
  • Extra granulated sugar, for rolling
  • Sifted confectioners' sugar, for rolling


  1. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat; stir in the coffee liqueur, and keep the mixture warm. Beat eggs and sugar together at high speed until thick and fluffy. Stir flavored chocolate into the egg mixture. Sift together the flour and baking powder; stir into the chocolate-and-egg mixture and beat well. Stir in ground almonds.

  2. Chill dough until firm.

  3. Form dough into 1-inch balls and chill again for 10 minutes.

  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

  5. Roll balls first in granulated sugar and then in confectioners' sugar, coating well.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

Reviews (7)

  • Cyanidae 9 Jun, 2014

    This recipe is not great. The balls come out dry and crumbly. I was linked to this recipe from a list that was supposed to be good for sending in the mail, so that was wrong. They seem dry and like the proportion of unsweetened chocolate was wrong. Also, were we supposed to press them down a little before putting them in the oven? I didn't since it wasn't in the instructions; I wanted the pretty cracks like in the picture, but that is not at all what I got. Wouldn't make again.

  • Susumarie 6 Feb, 2011

    When I added ther liqueur to the melted chocolate, it immediately started thickening, which I think ruined the rest. The cookies had a great flavor, but were so dried out. Can anyone tell me where I went wrong?

  • BeagleMother 27 Jan, 2011


    I've never heard anyone at MSLO say that MSL is for advanced cooks. The publication date is relevant because MSLO has vastly improved recipes over the years.

    I don't see where you can search by date.

  • BeagleMother 27 Jan, 2011

    The publication date is relevant

  • Anarie 27 Jan, 2011

    Note the publication and date. MSL is targeted to more advanced cooks who already know how many 1-in cookies a given amount of flour yields and when to grease a pan. If you're not in that target audience, filter your searches by publication and date. Everyday Food features easy recipes, and even MSL has been "dumbed down" recently.

    There are books in the library I can't read. That's not the library's fault! Other people are happy to have them. 'Not spelled out' is not the same as incomplete.

  • CTFlowerLady 27 Jan, 2011

    Not a complete recipe - also no directions as to size, type of pan, greased or not, cooling instructions...

  • BlueFlu 27 Jan, 2011

    I have a real problem with this site not listing the amount/portions for each recipe! Just how many cookies should I expect to have from this recipe? I am not inclined to make a cookie recipe that makes only a dozen cookies!

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