Coffee Cake Cookies

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Coffee Cake Cookies are big, bakery-style cinnamon-spiced cookies with a brown sugar streusel and simple vanilla glaze. If you love coffee cake, you’re going to love these cookies!

Coffee Cake Cookies stacked on top of each other

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee cake is a favorite and frequently made treat in my home! We’ve shared our favorite creations here over the years: Blueberry Coffee CakeApple Coffee CakePumpkin Coffee Cake — have you tried any of these recipes?!

And since it’s also no secret how much we love cookies, a mash-up of these two desserts was inevitable!

So Coffee Cake Cookies were born and they’re divine! These massive bakery-style cookies are loaded with rich, buttery flavor and notes of cinnamon. They’re packed with a sweet, crumbly streusel and finished with a simple vanilla glaze. Now you don’t have to choose between coffee cake and cookies — you can have both in one!

Process shots-- melt the butter; add brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla; mixing it all together

Bakery-Style Cookies

In my book, bakery-style cookies are massive– about 4 to 6 ounces in size (each!). They’re large, sweet, and totally indulgent, just like what you’d get at a bakery or cookie shop (like Crumbl®).

These cookies are designed to be large and the recipe doesn’t work the same when made into smaller-sized cookies.

If you’d prefer to have smaller cookies, I’d recommend these Snickerdoodle Cookies which have a similar taste profile.

Process shots: add the baking agents, cinnamon, flour, and cake flour to a bowl and mix together

Coffee Cake Cookies: Special Ingredients

There are two ingredients in particular that aren’t super common in cookie recipes. In this recipe, pay close attention to cake flour and vanilla bean paste. Depending on how often you bake, you may already have these ingredients in your pantry. But if not, you can readily find both ingredients in most grocery stores. While these cookies still work great without the vanilla bean paste, they are not the same without cake flour. For best results, we highly recommend waiting until you have cake flour to make this recipe.

Special Ingredient #1: Cake Flour

  • The main special ingredient in these cookies is cake flour which isn’t a typical ingredient in cookies but is integral to the structure and flavor in this recipe.
  • Cake flour has been milled to a fine consistency. It’s a low-protein flour, which essentially means less gluten is formed when mixing the cookie batter. Less gluten is going to produce a softer, gooier cookie texture. For reference, cake flour has about 7-9% protein while all-purpose flour clocks in at about 10-12%, and bread flour has an even higher protein content.

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There are loads of tutorials and ways to make your own cake flour, but we did not find these DIY cake flours to have consistent results in these cookies. For best results, use store-bought cake flour which can be found near all-purpose and other types of flour in the grocery store.

Special Ingredient #2: Vanilla Bean Paste

  • Vanilla bean paste is used to get a rich, strong vanilla flavor, as well as little vanilla bean specks in the cookies.
  • This ingredient is optional, the cookies will work fine without it, but they do have a slightly elevated flavor with it! (If you can’t access vanilla bean paste or real vanilla beans, you can use vanilla extract.)

Process shots-- roll the dough into balls; combine streusel ingredients; mix until crumbly; press the streusel onto the top and sides of the dough balls.

Coffee Cake Cookie Tools

  • Silicone liner. We recommend baking these cookies on a silicone liner — they bake evenly and the bottoms won’t get too crispy when baking on a mat.
  • Food scale. A food scale ensures even-sized cookie dough balls– ensuring evenly baked cookies. If simply eyeballing portions, you may end up with some slightly over-baked cookies while other cookies aren’t fully baked through because of inconsistent sizes. And, since they’ll all be measured to the same size, the presentation will look nicer — truly, even-sized cookies give that perfect “bakery-style” appearance.

Process shots--press the crumble topping in; chill the dough balls.

Coffee Cake Cookie Tips

  • Don’t skimp on the chilling time. Not only does the dough become more flavorful as it sits, but the chill time is also important for the texture and structure of the cookies. The chilling time ensures these cookies bake up nice and thick instead of spreading too much. The colder the dough balls, the better these cookies bake!
  • Only add streusel to the tops and sides of the cookies. The streusel will burn if added to where the cookie will contact the baking sheet. We press it in gently but firmly to the tops and a little on the sides.
  • Measure the flour correctly. If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour and scoop, you will pack in way too much flour– which results in a cakey cookie with less flavor. Avoid this by properly measuring the flour: spoon the flour into the measuring cup until it is overfilled, and then use the back of a table knife to level the measuring cup at the top. (Video visual here).

Coffee Cake Cookies with glaze added

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This Coffee Cake Cookie recipe has been tested (and re-tested some more!). For best results, follow the recipe carefully, using the correct ingredients. I know there are some unique ingredients required, but I recommend using those ingredients instead of trying substitutes. Baking is finicky — it’s hard to say what will and won’t work out in place of what has been tested.

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Coffee Cake Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Coffee Cake Cookies are big, bakery-style cinnamon-spiced cookies with a brown sugar streusel and simple vanilla glaze. If you love coffee cake, you're going to love these cookies!
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Coffee Cake Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Coffee Cake Cookies are big, bakery-style cinnamon-spiced cookies with a brown sugar streusel and simple vanilla glaze. If you love coffee cake, you're going to love these cookies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Coffee Cake Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 5 large, bakery-style cookies
Calories 592kcal
Cost $6.12

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (210g) light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 -1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cup (140g) cake flour Note 1
  • 1-1/4 cup (153g) all-purpose white flour Note 2

Streusel

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Tiniest pinch of salt

Instructions

  • BUTTER AND SUGAR: Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Use a spatula to scrape every bit of melted butter into a large bowl and then set aside until it returns to room temperature. This is very important or the cookies will end up greasy (hot butter melts sugar). Once the butter is at room temperature, add in the brown sugar. With a hand whisk, briskly whisk until combined and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • EGG AND VANILLA: Add in the egg and vanilla bean paste (or vanilla). Mix until integrated.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: Add in baking soda, baking powder, fine sea salt (only add 1/4 teaspoon if using table salt), and ground cinnamon. Mix until combined. Measuring correctly (this is very important -- read note 1), measure both types of flour and add in. Mix to incorporate -- it will get tough, but keep mixing until flour is fully integrated. Cover tightly and place dough in the freezer just while making the streusel.
  • STREUSEL: Melt the butter in the microwave and then let stand until it returns to room temperature. Once cooled, add remaining streusel ingredients. Mix until the streusel is evenly combined and forms small clumps; you may need to use your fingers to mix into crumbles. If streusel is too wet, add 1 extra tablespoon of flour.
  • DOUGH BALLS: Divide dough evenly into 5 parts-- about 4.25 ounces or 130g per cookie (with a tiny bit leftover for a little snack for the baker ;)). Don't make smaller cookie dough balls -- this recipe doesn't work the same. Roll each portion of dough into equal-sized balls. Divide the streusel evenly into cookies, pressing into the top and sides, but not on the bottom (where it will burn).
  • CHILL: Place streusel-topped cookie balls on a parchment-paper-lined sheet pan or plate and cover. Chill for at least 1 hour up to overnight. (Note 3)
  • BAKE: Place 2 to 3 cookie dough balls at a time on a Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees F (162 degrees C) for 18-24 minutes or until ever-so-slightly golden at the edges and no longer gooey looking at the top. Err on the side of slightly under-baking to keep them soft and chewy; cookies will firm up to a nice and chewy cookie as they set (Note 4.) Remove from the oven and right out of the oven, press edges of the cookie inwards with the back of a metal spatula to get the perfect round bakery-style cookie. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Repeat baking with remaining cookies. Allow cookies to fully cool on a wire rack before adding the glaze.
  • GLAZE: In a small bowl, use a whisk to mix all ingredients together until combined and smooth. Add a touch more milk if you'd like the glaze to be slightly thinner. Transfer to a small plastic bag and cut off the tip. Pipe glaze evenly over all of the cookies -- as much or as little as you'd like.
  • STORAGE: We like these cookies best within 2-3 days of baking. They do last up to a week, but they begin to lose texture and flavor after 3-4 days. To store: Place in an airtight container and keep at room temperature. Wait until cookies are completely cooled before adding to the container. Rewarm in increments of 10-15 seconds in the microwave.
  • FREEZING: Instead of freezing the baked cookies, freeze the dough! Drop the cookie dough balls on a large sheet pan and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to three months. To bake: You can bake these cookies straight from the freezer. There is no need to thaw, but you may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time. Bake until the edges are lightly browned, and the center is still soft.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Cake flour: This flour is responsible for giving the cookies a fluffier, more delicate, and more tender crumb. It helps keep these cookies soft and chewy. We combine cake flour with all-purpose flour to get the perfect texture. Cake flour is usually found on the baking supplies aisle in the grocery store near other types of flour. Wait to make these cookies until you have cake flour-- I don't recommend any other flour, substitute, or homemade/DIY cake flour -- it doesn't work the same in this recipe.
Note 2: Measuring flour correctly: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of cake or regular flour and scoop, you will pack in way too much flour which affects the texture of these cookies (they will have less flavor and be too puffy!). To properly measure your flour, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the measuring cup until it’s overfilled. Then use the back of a table knife to level the measuring cup at the top. (Video visual here)
Note 3: Chill the dough: Don’t rush the chilling time or you’ll find yourself with cookies that spread too much.
Note 4: Ever-so-slightly under-bake: If cookies are over-baked, the taste and texture will be off. Slightly under-baking these cookies keeps them soft, chewy, and flavorful. Remember, the residual heat on the pan continues to bake the cookies for a couple of minutes even after they’re pulled out of the oven. Visual cues to look for: firm edges and set center (they shouldn't be overly gooey/wet looking).

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 791IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg

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