Starbuck’s VIA Double Chocolate Cookies

One of my pet peeves while traveling is hotel rooms without coffee makers. From the hotel’s point of view, there are probably a million reasons not to have coffee makers; but from a traveler’s standpoint, it’s a huge inconvenience to have to get dressed to go to the lobby and buy coffee or pay $15 for a room service.

This past year, I solved the problem by carrying Starbucks VIA instant coffee packets wherever I go. In airplanes, you can mix them into boiling water, and in hotel rooms you can do the same, provided you also carry around a Hotshot or other water -boiling apparatus.

Starbuck's Via Double Chocolate Cookies

So I am eternally grateful for tasty instant coffee to get me to the point where I can get dressed and go seek out the brewed stuff. But here’s the weird part. I never considered baking with it until I went to blog conference, talked with the Starbucks ladies, and found out they had developed recipes with it. Well, duh.

This morning, using one of the packets I’ve been carry around in my purse, I made a Starbuck’s double chocolate cookie recipe. As far as coffee flavored go, this was one of *the best* recipes I’ve tried in a while. I’m sure using Scharffen Berger cocoa and chocolate helped in that department, but I really could taste the Starbuck’s Via as well and I think the clean, bold taste of the Italian style blend really did add something to the cookie.

Starbuck's VIA Double Chocolate Cookies
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Starbuck’s VIA Double Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped – This was 3 oz on the scale
  • 2 packets Starbucks VIA (R)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups extra dark chocolate chips
  1. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler over barely simmering water. Stir in the coffee.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture and stir well. Add vanilla and egg to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide dough into 36 balls and place on a cookie sheet, but don't flatten. Bake at 325 F for
  5. about eight minutes. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for five minutes. Transfer to a
  6. cooling rack.


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  1. says

    These look rich and tasty. I’ve never put coffee in a cookie, just chocolate cake. I’ll bet it makes the chocolate even tastier if that’s possible!

  2. Louise says

    These look tasty. I’m with you regarding wanting coffee in the room while I’m getting ready for the day. That’s an excellent idea to carry a couple VIA packets with you. Are the Starbucks recipes out on the web somewhere? I poked around a little bit without seeing them but didn’t spend much time assuming you could point me to them.

  3. says

    Not being a coffee drinker using Starbuck’s Via in cookies wouldn’t have occurred to me either. That said I did purchase a bunch of these last year and included them in some party favors. The coffee drinkers seemed to enjoy them. I love how coffee enhances chocolate in baked good so this makes perfect sense! The cookies sound and look marvelous!!

  4. says

    Oooh what a good idea! These look delicious. I love those Via packets too. I keep a whole bunch of them in my car. Haha.
    Now I see they have different flavors. I haven’t tried any of them yet.

  5. says

    Yum! I bet the coffee flavor from the VIA really enhanced the chocolate in these cookies. They look so good. For instant coffee the VIAs are really nice. That is smart to carry them around when traveling, hot water is free!

  6. karen says

    I’ve been curious to try VIA after reading other bloggers rave about using them in baking. I convinced myself they couldn’t be better than good old medaglio d’oro espresso powder, but I think I might have to take the plunge after reading about these cookies!

  7. says

    Love this idea, both the Via in the cookies and just the Via itself. Must buy some, as I also have times when the only way to have coffee is instant, and how great that there is a tasty one now. Must try the cookies soon!

  8. Donna G says

    I’m sure I would enjoy these cookies, since the other recipes I have tried with VIA were awesome. I only kept one, though, and it is a real treat (it’s a muffin). Is there a place where one can see the recipes? I picked them up at the Starbucks in Target a couple of years ago.

  9. Jen says

    We travel with VIAs, too! And because I hate making coffee, if Lenny is out of town for work, I make them at home. I’ll have to try these cookies.

  10. Meryl says

    Hi Anna,

    Approximately how many Tbsp are in each packet? I may want to use a substitute.

  11. says

    Meryl, I’m kicking myself for not measuring, but I will find out for you. My guess is each packet is about 1 teaspoon.

  12. says

    I agree, hotel rooms without coffee makers to just not cool. I’ll have to try baking VIA. I’ve baked with other brands and it just tastes disgusting! I guess if it makes a crappy cup of coffee, then its going to make crappy tasting baked goods….

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