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Cinnamon Coffee Cookies

My cinnamon coffee cookies are the perfect sweet treat to help usher in the fall baking season. Perfect paired with coffee, these cookies are delightful to share with loved ones this fall.

Coffee Cinnamon Cookies Recipe

I’m a sucker for easy cookies. In fact, these cinnamon coffee cookies remind me of my favorite soft ginger molasses cookies.

Yall, they are SO good.

Both cookies offer a sweet and spiced flavor that’s just right for sweater-weather.

Mixer with Cinnamon Coffee Cookie Dough

Cinnamon Coffee Cookies Recipe

The flavor in my cinnamon coffee cookies comes from instant coffee crystals and of course, cinnamon!

The instant coffee crystals don’t give the cookies an overpowering flavor at all. You’ll taste just a hint of coffee, but I really love the depth that the coffee crystals add to the flavor.

These cookies are also made with some of the best baking ingredients ever, including brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, and vanilla.

I’m also a huge fan of any cookies that require rolling in cinnamon and sugar before baking.

Note, these cookies are not thick and fluffy. They bake up sort of flat, but it doesn’t bother me one bit! ?

Rolled Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Balls

If these cinnamon coffee cookies are up your alley then you’re going to go crazy for my melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookies. Be sure to check them out before you go!

Cinnamon Coffee Cookies on a Cookie Sheet

My husband loves to have a few of these cinnamon coffee cookies in the evening with his nightly cup of black coffee.

I like to grab one on the way out the door on busy school mornings.

Yes, I just admitted that I eat cookies for breakfast!

Cinnamon Coffee Cookies on a Plate

I hope you love these tasty little cinnamon coffee cookies.

If you try the recipe, be sure to leave a comment below for our other readers, and tag me on Instagram @dearcrissy with a photo!

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My must-have products for holiday cooking include NordicWare baking sheets, a medium cookie scoop, and of course, a great stand mixer.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cookies on a Plate

Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Simple cookies with a delicious cinnamon and coffee flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
  • 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Stir the coffee crystals into 1 tablespoon hot water until dissolved and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat together the butter and the shortening for about 45 seconds or until well blended. Add sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and the cloves, beat until combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time just until combined. Add the vanilla and the coffee mixture, beat until combined. Beat in the flour a little at a time until well combined. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle. May also be refrigerated overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease. In s small bowl stir together the ⅓ cup granulated sugar and the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Place 3 inches apart onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. The centers will look a little underdone. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 3 to 4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking 2015

I used a leveled-off number 50 cookie scoop to measure the size of the ball. A number 50 scoop equals approximately a rounded tablespoon.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 2.4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 17.1mgSodium: 32.1mgCarbohydrates: 13.6gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 7.4gProtein: 1.2g

    31 Comments on “Cinnamon Coffee Cookies”

  1. I used all butter. They were great

  2. I dont have cloves can I leave it out?

  3. I don’t have instant coffee.  Can I use the coffee that I just made from my perculator

  4. My daughters and sons-in-law just love these cookies. Their comment when one of them bit into one was “Oh, wow! ” and another said. “They melt in your mouth”
    I used all butter. I’ll try coconut oil and butter next time. I want to try your oatmeal raisin cookies too. Where can I find them? And others?

  5. Made these today and they are delicious!  Will certainly make them again!

  6. I haven’t used shortening for years. I substitute with coconut oil (comes in a jar like peanut butter). For this I did half butter. and half coconut oil. It works the same as shortening. You could also probably decrease the amount, without changing it noticeably. And there are coconut oils ( organic, unrefined) that don’t have a coconut taste. Though the coffee would probably dominate anyway, especially if you increased it a bit.

  7. I’m excited to make these ! Just a quick question.. others have also asked about the sugar and cinnamon.. does the 1/3 come out of the total sugar amount .. or is it in addition to ? 

  8. I made these today and love the flavor!   I didn’t dnt have shortening so just used a cup of butter. Will make again. 

  9. Do you put aside the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon for rolling or is this amount in addition to the recipe for the cookie?

  10. How can I substitute the shortening I don’t have that where I live 

  11. I used mostly coconut sugar as I ran out of white and doubled the coffee and switched 90%butter instead of shortening bc I ran out and the cookies were an utter delight!!!! I will increase coffee next time for more kick. 

  12. Not happy with these I’ve made better

  13. Way too sweet – 3/4 cup of granulated sugar and 3/4 cup of brown sugar is too much. Tool a lot longer to bake than 12 minutes.

  14. Dark or light brown sugar?

  15. Can you just use one tablespoon of rewed coffee, maybe strong?? INSTEAD of instant coffee?? I really HATE to go buy instant coffee for a recipe.

    • even with strong coffee it wouldn’t affect the taste with just a tablespoon unfortunately – a tablespoon of instant coffee makes more than a cup of coffee. Let me know how using brewed coffee works if you try it though! I’m sure the cookie itself would still be delicious 

  16. Can you use espresso powder in place of the coffee crystals?

  17. I am fixing to make these now. I have one question
    Do I put all the granulated sugar in the cookies or do I put aside 1/3 cup out of the 3/4 cup?

  18. I’m from Australia and don’t have shortening. Can I use butter instead?

  19. These look yummy! Will have to try them soon.

    • Not enough coffee flavor. They really just taste like a snickerdoodle. I ended up just putting in some dry coffee grounds in the last batch. Mine didn’t end up that flat either. I did end up getting a little over 60 cookies out of the mix, though.

    • can butter be substituted for shortening

  20. Can i replace shortening with other ingredient?? I really want to bake this but I’m missing that (there’s nothing like that in my country)

  21. Now I have some new cookies to make!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  22. Great recipe, and I love that it makes a large batch AND is really easy to do! I think I just found my Sunday baking project :) Also, your blog looks great!

  23. Can not wait to make these cookies!!!!!!   You always have the best recipes!!!!!

  24. Oh yummy! Those look and sound delish

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