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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  • 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!

  • Diane {} says:

    I am passing along a happy 101 award, because it makes me happy every time you blog.

  • grace says:

    i’m willing to let your distaste for coffee slide simply because you’re so darn clever. and because you used the correct “you’re” in your cookie. (what can i say, it’s a peeve.) ๐Ÿ™‚ nicely done, amanda, as usual. i hope your hubby knows he’s got it made in the shade. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    These look amazing! I love coffee, and I’m sure my hubby would love these, too. Cute for Valentines Day!

  • Natalie says:

    Ah wow, I love coffee, this look so tasty, I especially like the Tigger one!! So cute!

  • Erin says:

    these are gorgeous looking and sound incredible. i posted about them here:

  • Eve Piercy says:

    These are so great! I can’t wait to make them for my Husband we LOVES Coffee. Very cute too.

  • Amy says:

    Thank you Amanda, these cookies taste amazing!! they’re right now sitting on my kitchen bench fresh out of the oven. I had actually been looking for a recipe for some little treat to send along with a gift im giving my sister-in-law. I searched but didnt like what i was finding.. until i came across these and your fantastic blog! So thank you. We love coffee around here, and they’re just right. I have another half of the batter waiting in the fridge to be freshly baked tommorow morning. Thanks again!

  • Barbara says:

    Love this idea. I don’t drink coffee either, BUT I do love mocha and I do love coffee mixed in with other things. So these might be great for me. Cute idea with the heart…I thought the other looked like a molar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kari says:

    You are amazing!!!! Who would have thought? Coffee cookies? Cookies on the side of mugs? Cookies for breakfast. My hubby would LOVE them. Me… not so sure. I’m not a coffee person… though I do love the smell.
    God bless you Amanda!

  • Healthy Foods Blog says:

    Cuttie and Yummy! Very nice. That would be a very nice and early valentines gift! Thanks for sharing that wonderful idea and recipe!

  • Rose says:

    OH WOW hubby will love this one! Thanx for sharing such neat ideas!!!

  • Liz says:

    I don’t know where you’ve been all my life, but you’re here now!

  • Gaerria says:

    I’m glad I found your website. You really are very talented.

  • says:

    Yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I just tried these the other night, and they were very good. You’ve inspired me to try adding coffee to some of my other baked good recipes, and made my coffee loving husband pretty happy!

  • Adelas (della) says:

    These look delicious. I’m going to have to try them next! See if they’re as good as a vanilla bean scone eaten with my caramel macchiato. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Did you know that Williams Sonoma has actual cutters for this?
    Probably you did. I do kind of like the way their slot is off-center so you see more of the shape hanging on the outside of the cup.
    But THEIRS don’t seem to have room for sentiments like tiggeriffic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valerie says:

    YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! I just prepared a batch… sort of ๐Ÿ™‚ If the cookies are as good as the dough, these will be a total hit!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather says:

    We tried these this weekend at our Worship Team Coffee Fellowship, and they were basically a huge hit!

  • Jessica says:

    I made a double batch of these cookies to take to my daughter’s daycare for the teachers. I also pulled out 9 extras to decorate for my clinical group for nursing school. I haven’t been back to the daycare yet to find out if they liked them, but my clinical fridnds LOVED them and so did I! I was worried when I tasted them the day they were made, the felt a little grainy, but by the following day they had incorporated or settled or something b/c they were DELISH!!! I blogged all about it, because it was sure an experience for someone like me who really doesn’t bake much. If you’re interested, you can read it here:
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to make them again!!

  • Kate says:

    I made these for my husband and I last week. I used margarine instead of butter, which, I think, made them kind of fluffy. The flavor was wonderful (we are Starbucks lovers in my house, therefore that is the kind of coffee I used). I frosted a few of them and left a few without frosting. I definitely prefer them with frosting. Mmmm. My 4 year old did not like them, which is fine, because really, he shouldn’t be eating something with coffee in it, anyway! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Mary says:

    I am doing these for Valentine treats for my family and friends. Thanks so much for the easy recipe!

  • rossella says:

    I’ve done them for St. Valentine’s day for me because my hubby doesn’t like coffee… ๐Ÿ™‚
    They’re spectacular! Thank you for the recipe!

  • mari K. says:

    what a wonderful idea and love that they fit on the rim of a mug! I just discovered your blog today and find it so entertaining and inspiring! Looking forward to your future posts, thanks!!

  • Kira says:

    I made these cookies for my husband and parents for Valentine’s day. I left some plain and frosted some with the buttercream. To be honest, we liked them better without the frosting. It was too sweet. I overbaked the cookies a little, so they were crunchy – but perfect for dunking in coffee!
    Later in the day we got creative….My mom had a bar of dark chocolate with chili and cayenne pepper in it. We melted down the bar of chocolate and half-dipped the heart shaped coffee cookies in it. It was PHENOMENAL! The coffee flavor mixed with the spicy, dark chocolate flavor was to die for! We will definitely make these again!

  • Audrey K. says:

    I made these today to take to a friend’s house. Amazing! I put royal icing in squiggles on mine. The icing makes them SO much better!

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