Coffee Sugar Cookies

filed under: Cookies on January 7, 2010

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, it’s not my favorite recipe. Why would I even admit that? Well, because I am weird.


Coffee Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee sugar cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c butter softened
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ground coffee you can also use instant crystals or powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. 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.

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 than my hubby. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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

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  • Catie says:

    Thanks for the recipe – I loive coffee & frosting – can’t wait to try them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate says:

    I bet my husband would love these. I love that you put them on the side of the mug. I’ve seen cookie cutters for this purpose and it’s a great idea. LOVE that you DIY.
    This post made me laugh. Gingerbread man of death!
    And as if we didn’t have enough in common, I DON’T LIKE COFFEE EITHER!!!

  • Mandi says:

    Oh Em Gee. There’s COFFEE in them? Seriously Amanda, will you be my best friend? I don’t even know where in Minnesota you are, but I promise it’s not too far from me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And how unbelievably adorable to have them on the cup – did you have to make sure they were a little thicker so they’d stand upright? Or the slot is just small enough so that it’s snug?
    Either way, I HAVE to make these. And shock of all shocks, I actually have all the ingredients for these!! I may have to make them tomorrow!!

  • says:

    I don’t like coffee either,i drink tea,so yes we can still be friends! and I bet these cookies would be good with some green tea in them.
    I like the long heart cookies, maybe you can cut the slot on the lower side..instead of the direct bottom, so the cookie sits on the mug at an angle? I think it’s an awesome idea..mmmm green tea cookies with mint butter cream icing…sigh,now I am hungry.

  • ElizaBeth says:

    Coffee AND cookies! I couldn’t be happier, but considering its after one in the morning and I have to be up in a few hours I should skip making them tonight…. BTW I thought it kind of looked like a molar tooth….

  • Kami says:

    Amanda these look phenomenal! I’m definitely going to try them out, as the hubs and I both love coffee (and, not that I’m admitting to giving coffee to my children, but my kids love it too!). Yummy!
    I love this site! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rebecca says:

    Oh, yum…and the “tiggerific” one is just precious! (I’m visiting thanks to a tip from Joyce at This side of the Pond).

  • Gala says:

    Over the years I’ve learned to like coffee, I still don’t drink it though. I got some coffee addicts in my house so the for sure would appreciate these cookies, thanx!

  • Carolyn Jung says:

    I love coffee, so these are right up my alley. The little cutout is very clever. They look so adorable perched on a coffee mug. Great idea!

  • Londa says:

    Oh my–we are coffee crazies at our house–like roasting beans in our garage crazy! Hopefully by Valentine’s Day, I’ll have a replacement oven and we can try these out!!! I really appreciate that you venture into cooking with things you don’t even like–you are so thoughtful!

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe– I can’t wait to try them! I’m not a huge baker, but I love love love anything coffee flavored (especially ice cream!) and can’t wait to sink my teeth into these! They look super cute decorated on the mugs! Good job!

  • cookienurse says:

    What another brilliant idea!

  • Hayley says:

    OMGoodness!!! Those look fabulous!!! I can’t wait to make them!! You are a genius!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nancy says:

    Amanda…I love coffee. This is a recipe that I’m going to have to try! Thanks for sharing it…and your results.

  • pam says:

    this is so smart, so fun, i am dying to make these.

  • Rachel Watters says:

    I am so excited to try this! My husband really likes coffee… he would be so delighted to wake up to these in the morning, or for after dinner. Thanks for the idea!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh my goodness!!! These are the cutest ever!

  • Jamie @ Six Bricks High says:

    I love the idea of putting them on the mug like that! I would have never thought of such a thing. You are so creative! Why kosher salt when you are baking…what kind of difference does it make?

  • Cop Mama says:

    The “Gingerbread man of death”!!! I couldn’t help but laugh. Then I scrolled back up and sure enough, it does look a little scary ๐Ÿ™‚
    A cookie clipped onto a coffee cup, WHAT dear friend will you come up with next??? So cool!

  • jaime says:

    I can’t wait to try them!! I didn’t even realize that you had this whole portion to your blog until now… duh! I can’t wait, I love to bake, and I love to read your witty commentary!! I’ll let ya know how they go over with my coffee-loving hubby too! Thanks! (Oh, and it was GREAT to meet you yesterday and today at the workshop… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  • Lisa says:

    I think these sound heavenly…but I love coffee. Oh, and I love cookies, too. You have just made me exceedingly happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    What a cute idea! I have some cookie cutters from William Sonoma that use notches like this to stand up as a 3-d cookie, but this is such a great idea!

  • Diane {} says:

    I love these, and so would my husband. I don’t like coffee either, love having stuff in common with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle says:

    Sorry, I can’t give you any feedback because I detest coffee. Not for a lack of trying either. I think I’ve tried every possible flavor of coffee known to man kind and I still hate it. Yes, that’s a strong work and completely appropriate for my feelings towards coffee!!
    I do love the heart cookies, and the cookies on the coffee cup. I’ll have to do that for James!

  • Farrah (My KitchenAid Mixer & Me) says:

    I have to make these for my coffee-aholics at home. My husband who doesn’t like anything sweet and rarely tastes any sweet treats said he would like to try these. My daughter is jumping up and down for these.. or maybe its from the caffeine. Lol j/k So I will be putting these on my list to make this month! Thank you for this recipe!

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