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Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee cake cookies are the elite variation of coffee cake. Hand held, not nearly as messy, but just as delicious. These fluffy cookies have a buttery crumb topping that is to die for. If you’re a coffee cake lover, this will be your next favourite recipe! 

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What are coffee cake cookies?

Coffee cake cookies are essentially coffee cake in cookie form. The same buttery, cakey base and the same cinnamony, crumbly topping. They’re such a fun way to enjoy those classic and delicious flavours and are perfect for anyone who prefers cookies over cake. Who can choose though, right?! 

What you need

  • dark brown sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • butter
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • cake and pastry flour 
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon 

How to make coffee cake cookies

To make the cookie base, start by creaming together the 1 cup of dark brown sugar, ½ cup of white sugar, and 1 cup of butter. Add to the bowl of a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to combine the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. You could also use a hand mixer if you’d like. After a few minutes you can add in the eggs and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a silicone spatula and mix again to ensure everything is consistent. 

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cake and pastry flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this mixture gradually to the wet mixture until just combined. I have a mixture of cake and pastry flour that works super well for this recipe, but some places also sell cake flour and pastry flour separately. If that’s an option you have, choose the cake flour since we’re going for a cake-like texture here! 

Once your dough is made, scoop it out using a medium sized cookie scoop. Place your cookie dough balls onto a lined baking sheet and place that in the fridge to chill while you make the crumb topping. The dough doesn’t necessarily need to be chilled but it helps to eliminate some stickiness before flattening the cookies. 

How to make the topping

To make the delicious crumb topping, add your all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to a bowl. Use either your hands or a pastry cutter to crumble the butter into small pieces as well as combine everything together. There is no exact science to this, kinda just go at it and do your best to make some crumbly goodness. When everything is well combined, and more or less in crumbs, you are done! This recipe isn’t exceptionally crumby, but it works well for adding on top of the cookies. 

How to assemble and bake

Start by flattening all of your dough balls with something flat. I like to use the bottom of a glass or the back of a small measuring cup. This gives us more room to add the topping without it falling off the sides of the cookie. If you’d like here, you could add a small indent to the centre to hold the topping. Take a small spoonful of the crumb topping and place it on top of your flattened cookie. Arrange the crumbs so that as much of the area as possible is covered. You’ll want to keep the topping pretty flat as well, this makes for a more even bake.

Now you’re ready to bake! Place your cookies on a lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. In a 350℉ oven, bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes to set up and finish the baking process. Once they have cooled, you are ready to enjoy! 

How to store 

These delicious cookies can be stored in 3 different ways. The first way is to bake them and keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-7 days. This is the best option if you’re sharing them with a bunch of people or you know they’ll be finished in that amount of time. 

The second way is to freeze your cookies after they have been baked. Bake all your cookies and let them cool completely. Then, store them in a freezer safe bag or container and put them in the freezer. They will keep this way for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to have some, just take them out and let them thaw. 

Lastly, you could freeze the cookie dough before it’s been baked. Scoop all of your dough out and add your crumb topping. Bake as many cookies as you’d like to have for the next few days (if you want), and put the rest into a freezer safe bag or container. Store in the freezer and take out when you’re ready for some cookies! Just thaw them to room temperature and bake them exactly as you would if they were fresh. This is the best method for cookie storing in my opinion!

Should we continue the theme? Maybe try some gluten free coffee cake cookies? Sour cream coffee cake cookies? Or even pumpkin coffee cake cookies?! Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee cake cookies are the elite variation of coffee cake. Hand held, not nearly as messy, but just as delicious. These fluffy cookies have a buttery crumb topping that is to die for. If you’re a coffee cake lover, these will be your next favourite recipe! 
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cake, coffee cake cookies, cookies, from scratch
Servings: 22 medium sized cookies
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cake and pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • To make the cookies, cream butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, mix until combined and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Mix cake and pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add gradually to the wet mixture until just combined.
  • Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop onto a lined baking sheet and let chill in the fridge while completing the next steps.
  • To make the crumb topping, add all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to a mixing bowl. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, mix all the ingredients together until evenly combined and crumbs form.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Take the cookies out of the fridge and flatten the tops of the dough balls. Add a small amount of crumb topping to each cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

Try these cookies too:

Stuffed Cookies

Cotton Candy Cookies

Strawberry Jam Cookies

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

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