Coffee Sugar Cookies

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I love that Valentines Day is coming up because it is giving me lots of excuses to bake.

But for today, I just want to focus on Valentine’s Day morning.

I baked a cookie that I thought would be perfect for the Average Joe. (that’s a hint)

And, to be honest, its not my favorite recipe. Why would I even admit that? Well, because I am weird.

Coffee Sugar Cookies

See, this cookie has freshly ground coffee in it.

And I just dont like coffee.

There. I said it. Can we still be friends?

But my hubby loves coffee and said he really enjoyed these… so, I dont know. If anyone makes them, please let me know what your verdict is.

I originally wanted to make a heart cookie that would fit on the edge of your coffee mug so I made up these templates not really knowing how it would work.

Does anyone else think that looks like the gingerbread man of death?

My template worked pretty well, except I decided to go back and cut out the slot where it fits on the cup after I had baked the cookie.

*If you do it this way as well, I recommend cutting it fairly soon after the cookie gets out of the oven, when it is still slightly warm and soft. When it hardens its difficult to cut without some cracking or breakage.

So it actually worked pretty well. Except I sorta couldn’t get the image of the evil sabertoothe gingerbread man out of my head, so I tried making some plain ole hearts.

This was supposed to be for Valentines Day after all.

I liked them.

But there is a lot of coffee in those suckers. Every single black fleck is a grain of pure caffeine. Or something.

My kids kept asking for a bite.

Um, lets see… pure sugar and coffee in a four year old? Uh, no. I dont think so.

It turns out I could just use a regular old heart shape then cut out the slot after it was baked. No template needed.

Whew. Did I mention I’m slightly terrified of psycho evil revenge seeking sabertoothe gingerbread man?

Just sayin.

So to get back on the Valentines morning theme..

I thought a traditional sentiment might be cute.

But then, as I was looking for a good mug to take pictures with, I came across my hubbies favorite mug of all time.

And I knew I could totally make this special.

Hubby loves him some Tigger.

He also mentioned that he liked to cookies better with frosting on them.

I would have to second that.

This is just buttercream frosting that I had in the fridge.

It was DELICIOUS on these cookies.

I am talking like awesome, why have I never thought of this before its too good to be true delicious.

Here’s the recipe. Please let me know if you try it, I would love some feedback from someone other then my hubby. 😉

Coffee Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ground coffee (you can also use instant crystals or powder)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I prefer kosher when baking)


  1. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, and coffee until fully incorporated.
  3. In separate bowl add together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Slowly add your egg mixture to the butter mixture until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture until fully combined, do not over beat.
  5. I would chill this dough for AT LEAST one hour, preferably overnight.
  6. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Allow cookies to cool completely before covering in any icing.

(There is a recipe similar to this in a book by Maxwell House.)




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  1. Suzanne says

    I made these for my boyfriend on Valentine’s day with buttercream frosting and they were AMAZING..and I don’t even like coffee! I made them again with chocolate buttercream frosting and I think I like them even more. I think I found our new favorite cookie. Thank you for the idea. I look forward to following your blog…you are so creative!

  2. says

    I just love your site!! What a great baker you are :-) Everything always looks so nice and yummy…so pretty too.
    For your writing (like on these cookies), do you use/make icing? What is your recipe for your “writing icing?”
    Thank You!
    I’m making these coffee cookies today…whether it’s now after nap time or late tonight..I’m making em’ They sound so good!
    Thanks for sharing all your talent and deliciousness with us.

  3. says

    thank you SO MUCH for posting this! just wanted to let you know that I posted the recipe also and linked to your blog. the cookies were amazing!

  4. says

    I recently found your blog. This post made me curious at first – I thought you were making a tooth! It seemed like an odd cookie or cake to make :p

  5. Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} says

    oooh I love coffee!!! The little flecks of black make them look like vanilla bean or something. Very Starbucks-esque. Love it!!!

  6. says

    I made these this morning for my Bible study group and they loved them. I was a little worried about putting fresh ground coffee and not brewed coffee in, thinking it might be too strong, but it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Jen P says

    I was so excited to make these and they did not turn out. The dough was really sticky couldn’t roll or cookie cut it. And in the oven they did not keep their shape and came out as circles. Any suggestions to what I did wrong? Thanks

  8. says

    I confess, I don’t like coffee either! (But I love how it smells) But I’m going to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas. You rock!

  9. says

    hello! I stumbled upon these from Tumblr. I decided to make these tonight and for some reason I was unable to get them rolled out for cookie cutters. They were also kind of puffy. They are absolutely amazing though! I was just wondering if you’d maybe know why they were so sticky or puffy?

  10. Maya says

    Oh, yum! I just had to make these – and I don’t like coffee either. But these are like little caffeine-flecked gems of pure sugary heaven! Just excellent!
    The coffee drinkers in the household adore them, too. 😉
    Excellent recipe! I’ll definitely be perusing your archives for more!
    (I’m having the puffing and oozing problem too, but for those others with the same issue, I’m fairly sure I know why: it could be high humidity (my town is, uh, kind of flooding!) and not QUITE enough flour in the dough. I think it may have to do with the type of coffee used, as well – I’m using fresh-ground Starbucks coffee, if that helps anything. Adding an extra quarter cup of flour should stiffen it up enough to work with, but not too much. Hope that helps!)

  11. Bianca says

    So I literally just tried these and they tasted fantastic!!! My only problem is i can’t get them flat like you did… I tried rolling out the dough ad using a cookie cutter but the dough is too sticky or oily (not sure if that’s the right word) to roll out.

  12. Laurie Kozerski says

    I’ve tried to make these cookies three or four times over the last couple of years and each time I tried, they were an epic failure. Either the dough is too wet or its too dry, you can’t taste the coffee in them, or they just don’t taste right at all. I’m going to try these again in the next couple of days. (Just need to clean my house first!) Wish me luck!

  13. says

    I made these last week. I didn’t expect them to be so flat, but I also didn’t roll them out and use cookie cutters; I just rolled them into balls. That being said, these are really good! I shared a lot of them because I realized after a couple of nights that maybe coffee cookies aren’t the smartest treat to have at night after the kids are in bed. I’ve had great reviews on them from people who like coffee. Thank you for the recipe! I’ll definitely be making them again!

  14. Carrie says

    Hey, I just tried making these. I did not let them sit over night, so that may be the problem. They don’t look anything like yours! Yours are whiter. I used instant coffee. The dough tasted very good, but cooking them they were very runny and burned the edges. After cooking them they taste mainly like cinnamon. I’m going to make a coffee icing. It’s very good. Just powderd sugar, stick of butter 1/4 cup shortening instant coffee pack and milk. I’ll try and make more after they refrigerate tonight and maybe ice them also

    Is there anything else I could try, or maybe something I’ve done wrong?


  15. carleny says

    I wanted to know how the batter is supposed to come out looking. My batter came out goopy, similar to a cake batter. Is it something I did? Too much liquid or something? I put it in the freezer to freeze so that I can make it in the morning for my mother since she loves coffee and so does my brother.

    Thanks for all of this.

  16. Peg says

    Could you possibly tell me where you bought the Tigger mug? My son’s nickname is Tigger and I get him a new Tigger of some kind every Christmas. Haven’t been able to find one yet this year and time is growing short!

  17. Lizzie Slothouber says

    WOW! I have just stumbled across this blog with this recipe and it’s sooooo great … I was looking and sooo pleased you put up this blog coz your version is soooo much easier and useable in day to day needs …

    Also what a great idea for a gift too … Thank you sooo much for your inspiration …

    hugs from Australia :)

    Lizzie Slothouber