Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee Cake Cookies | Cookies and Cups

I declare Coffee Cake Cookies the new breakfast food. Stop what you are doing this second and Make. These. Cookies.

OK, here’s the thing…coffee cake is not like a cool new dessert. Actually is old fashionedy and moderately boring. I don’t care. I love it.

Especially when the crumb to cake ratio is way off balance. I never thought I would say this, but really the cake is not important… it’s all about the crumb. So in the name of crumb lovers I bring you guys the cookie that ends all coffee cake.


Move over weakly crumbed coffee cake. Move overrrr Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop Tarts. You’re getting faced.

Coffee Cake Cookies.  Boom.

Coffee Cake Cookies | Cookies and Cups

These are totally easy.  And I know you will all be happy because there is no chill time.


Start by making your crumb topping…

Coffee Cake Cookies
It’s fairly basic…brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, butter, salt and flour. Chill the crumb topping while you make your cookie dough.

The dough will go together quickly. Also, please note that there is shortening in this cookie dough.

I know how some of you feel about the shortening, and yes you can sub in more butter. But ALSO know the shortening keeps these cookies from spreading, and you need a stable-based cookie to support all the crumb topping you put on.

So if you DO sub it for all butter, you might want to chill the dough to help keep the cookie thick.

Moving on…the dough. You’ll need cinnamon…
Coffee Cake Cookies
And then you go ahead and scoop it out onto a baking sheet.
I always line my baking sheet with either parchment or a SilPat…I like the way the cookies bake up when using a lined cookies sheet, and I also appreciate the clean up!
Coffee Cake Cookies
Please note I used a large scoop of cookie dough…3 Tbsp.
I bought this 3 tablespoon scoop a few weeks ago and I love if for nice big cookies.

Ain’t nobody got time for a small cookie.

I used a spoon to make a large indentation in the dough…

Coffee Cake Cookies

Then I filled the cookie with the crumb topping.

Use AT LEAST 1 Tablespoon of crumb…

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Bake them up and let them cool.

And if you want go ahead and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Just enough to make them feel pretty.

Coffee Cake Cookies

And you’re done!

Coffee Cake Cookies | Cookies and CupsLet’s have a look at the softest, most crumb-yummy cookie ever in all the land…

Coffee Cake Cookies | Cookies and CupsGorgeous.

Now make them.


Coffee Cake Cookies


Makes 20 large cookies


Crumb Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 cup flour


  • 10 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/3 cup flour
  • optional ~ 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone liner. Set aside.

Crumb Topping

  1. Mix all the crumb ingredients together in a medium bowl and cut together with a pastry cutter or a fork until evenly mixed. Refrigerate while making cookie dough.


  1. Mix together butter, shortening and both sugars for 1-2 minutes on medium speed, until combined and smooth.
  2. Add in cinnamon, eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until evenly combined.
  3. Turn mixer to low and mix in baking powder, salt and flour, mixing until dough comes together evenly.
  4. Scoop cookies out, using a cookie scoop or spoon (about 3 Tablespoons) and place on lined cookie sheet. If using a spoon, form the dough into rounded balls.
  5. Make an indentation in the center of the cookie dough.
  6. Scoop at least 1 Tablespoon of Crumb Topping into the center of the dough pressing lightly to stick. I added as much as I could get in there!
  7. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, or until edges start to get golden.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes on cookie sheet, then transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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130 Responses
  1. Holy sweet Jesus I NEED these cookies! Yes, brown sugar pop tarts used to be fab…but they just don’t cut it. And I totally scrape the crumble off coffee cake and eat just the crumble (I’m that annoying person you don’t want to “share” dessert with). So, yeah, these cookies? All mine.

  2. Nellie

    I just died and went to Crumb Heaven! OMG, I am like a girl with poison ivy right now – I am itching to race home and make these!!!

    Thank you so very much for one very delicious looking and most definitely will be, a favorite of mine! By the way, I love that you post pictures of the process. I need to “see” what it looks like before I attempt to make it myself. 🙂

  3. Such a different cookie. YES!!!

    I am loving everything about these and yes, I too love the crumb!! These are amazing as are all you desserts. I am always so amazed!

  4. Maegan @ The BakerMama

    These look amazing and would be perfect to serve at a brunch instead of a whole coffee cake! I’m craving these now!

  5. Coffee cake is the first thing i actually made a child and it was my first birthday cake too, i have dear memories connected to this old cake. I made a coffee cake cupcake a few post back, I maybe 21 but I still love this cake. This is a wonderful adaption, so yummy!

  6. These cookies look du-lish! Definitely will be making them very very soon. If only I hadn’t just used all my flour! Oh and I love, love your raspberry ice mixer! I have one too!

      1. Emmy

        You can and should use butter. I did butter and shortening and they were hard and bland. I did all butter and they were very good. Not really any extra spreading.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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