How to Make Coffee Cake Cookies

How to Make Coffee Cake Cookies

I love a piece of rich and buttery New York crumb style coffee cake with a cup of tea.

Coffee cake isn't the easiest for sharing, though, requiring plates and utensils to serve. Coffee cake cookies are the perfect way to capture the flavor of coffee cake to share with friends and family without needing a knife. A cakey sugar cookie base with plenty of crumb topping, these cookies remind me of a Sunday morning brunch.
Coffee cake cookies aren't difficult, but they do require some time.

These coffee cake cookies pack a coffee-cake like treat into a convenient, shareable cookie! Pair it with your favorite assam or chai tea.

How to Make Coffee Cake Cookies

The cookie base is a fluffy sugar cookie, reminiscent of cake, with its almond and vanilla flavor and a large, soft crumb. The dough requires some time to chill in the refrigerator, so this is a cookie that is best planned for and baked on a long afternoon.

You start this cookie by mixing up the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then set this bowl aside. Next, you want to cream together the sugar and room temperature butter. All ingredients are best at room temperature when making a cookie, as it helps for a smoother, more cohesive dough to come together.

After the sugar and butter are blended until creamy, at least three minutes of beating, add in the egg, sour cream, and extracts and blend until well mixed. You can use full fat or light sour cream here but skip the non-fat.

The next step in making coffee cake cookies is to blend the dry ingredients into the wet just until combined and there are no more patches of flour.

Now is when the cookies need to rest in the fridge, covered, for one hour.

A woman's hand with dark reddish-brown fingernails holds a coffee cake cookie with a sugary crumb topping. In the background is a tray of coffee cake cookies, fresh out of the oven!

While the dough rests, we are going to mix up our crumbs. Whisk together flour, packed brown sugar, and cinnamon until a mostly lump-free mixture comes together. Then pour over melted butter and using two forks or a butter cutter, blend and break up the mixture until small crumbs appear. Then, you can set this mixture in the fridge as well.

You may need to use a fork to break these up after chilling, but the cold will help the crumbs keep their shape while baking.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

After the cookie dough has chilled for an hour, pull it out and scoop 2-3 tablespoons of dough out onto a parchment or silicon mat lined baking sheet, leaving three inches between. We want large cookies here.

Roll each scoop into a ball, and then press down onto the cookie sheet to flatten. Mound a scoop of crumbs on top of each cookie, pressing slightly into the cookie base to help it stick.

Bake cookies for 13 minutes. When you press a fingertip into the side of the cookie, it should bounce back some. Let cool on the cookie tray for at least ten minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cool, dust the cookies in confectioners sugar for that coffee cake look.

A plate of two coffee cake cookies sits on a table, with a bag of assam loose leaf tea to the left. A gold-and-white cup of assam tea and a blue-and-white teapot are in the background.

Tea Pairings

While named after coffee cake, these cookies pair perfectly with a pot or mug of tea. I enjoyed mine with a black tea from Plum Deluxe's royal line, the Royal Assam black tea. Assam is a malty, medium-bodied tea that is close to, but much better than, what you'd expect from a teabag. This combination makes this a homey, comforting cup of tea perfect for a baked treat.

If you're not a fan of Assam or breakfast teas with Assam in them, pair it with your favorite chai, like Full Moon Chai or Stargazer Caramel chai. These spiced blends have a little something extra to give them some creaminess that pairs perfectly with these cookies.

If you love coffee cake, Plum Deluxe's blog has several recipes, including a Full Moon Chai coffee cake, coffee cake bread with caramel sauce, gingerbread coffee cake, and apple cardamom coffee cake to give you plenty of recipes to enjoy.

A glass dessert tray full of coffee cake cookies sits next to a plate of cookies on a table, next to a bag of Royale Assam black tea, a gold-and-white teacup and saucer with a golden spoon, and a speckled blue teapot.

Coffee Cake Cookies

Ingredients for Cookies:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup full-fat or light sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Ingredients for Crumb Topping:
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting
Directions:
Begin by whisking dry ingredients together in a bowl: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter.
Add egg, sour cream, and extracts and mix until combined.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
Cover dough and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
While dough is chilling, make crumb topping by combining flour, sugar, and cinnamon together.
Next, mix in melted flour and break up the crumbs into small crumbs.
Place crumb mixture in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
When dough is finished chilling, scoop out about 2-3 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll it into a ball.
Place the dough balls on a parchment paper or silicon mat lined baking sheet.
Flatten the ball with your hand and cover with a mound of crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the cookie.
Bake for 13 minutes.
Let rest on cookie sheet for ten minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool.
Once all cookies are cooled, dust with confectioners sugar.
Makes about 18 cookies.

Mary Hadzimichalis

ary is a creative kitchen and garden witch with a passion for tea. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and three cats. Her baking, creating, gardening, and women's healthcare advocacy can be followed on Instagram.
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