A delicious twist on everyone’s favorite breakfast treat – Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Cookies! It’s just like a warm slice of your favorite coffee cake, but now made into an extra delicious cookie. Imagine a soft, but oh-so chewy brown sugar and cinnamon cookie, filled with a crunchy cinnamon streusel. Every bite is reminiscent of the classic breakfast cake, but somehow even BETTER! Serve alongside your favorite cup of coffee for an extra sweet breakfast treat or a delicious after-dinner snack. So simple, but SO delicious!
About The Recipe
Don’t you just love coffee cake? It has been one of our family’s favorite breakfasts for as long as I can remember! There is nothing like a warm slice of cake to start your mornings.
So, my mom and I thought…”what if we turned it into a cookie?”.
Because what’s the one thing better than a slice of cake for breakfast? Well, a cookie, of course!
Though, it took quite a bit of testing to get get these cookies just the right. We wanted a cookie that was soft, chewy, but could still hold its shape. Especially with the streusel!
Our first batch, needless to say, was a complete disaster. We actually almost completely gave up on the recipe! But, my mom and I were both determined that this idea was just too good not to share.
So, we adjusted a few things and tried again. This time we tried a few different ways of adding the streusel. From rolling the cookies dough in it to a thumbprint-style. I think we tried at least 6 different ways to fill the cookie.
The one that worked the best was – well, the thumbprint style!
This style, plus the newly formulated cookie dough was the perfect combination!
Best enjoyed warm, right out of the oven, and dunked in a cup of coffee. Trust me, you will be obsessed with these cookies! They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet after dinner treat.
They are SO. GOOD.
What Are Coffee Cake Cookies?
These cookies are inspired by the classic breakfast cake – coffee cake! Though, just like the cake, the term “coffee cake” simply means a treat that is served at breakfast alongside a cup of coffee. So, while there is no coffee in these delectable cookies, there is lots of cinnamon and streusel!
Reasons You Will Love These Coffee Cake Cookies
- No refrigeration needed!
- A soft and chewy cookie filled with crunchy and buttery cinnamon streusel.
- Perfect for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack!
- Takes less than an hour to make.
- Tastes delicious served alongside your favorite cup of coffee.
- Freezes well!
- Mixing Bowl
- Pastry Blender
- Stand Mixer
- Rubber Spatula
- Medium Cookie Scoop
- Sheet Pans
- Rounded Teaspoon
Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
For The Streusel:
- Granulated Sugar – Adds sweetness, while also making the streusel crunchy!
- Brown Sugar – Adds sweetness and flavor to this streusel.
- Ground Cinnamon – Gives this streusel a delicious flavor.
- All-Purpose Flour – Using flour in a streusel is essential, as it allows the streusel to hold it’s shape and keep from becoming like hard candy.
- Salted Butter – Remember to use room temperature butter for the streusel!
For The Cookies:
- All-Purpose Flour – Provides the perfect structure and texture for these cookies.
- Ground Cinnamon – Gives a subtle, but oh so delicious flavor.
- Corn Starch – Creates a chewier texture.
- Baking Soda – Using baking soda over baking powder in these cookies yields in a chewier (aka more delicious!) cookie. It also helps promote spread, which gives you the gorgeous wrinkles on top of each cookie.
- Salted Butter – For this recipe, we like to use salted butter, as it adds the right amount of salt to the cookies.
- Brown Sugar – Not only does brown sugar keep these cookies soft and chewy, but it also adds just the right amount of flavor and sweetness.
- Granulated Sugar – Just a little bit of granulated sugar ensures crispy edges on each cookie.
- Large Egg – Remember to set out the egg ahead of time to allow it to come to room temperature.
- Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla adds a delicious undertone.
How To Make Coffee Cake Cookies
Step 1: Make the streusel
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
Cut in butter using a pastry blender, or fork. Set aside.
Step 2: Prepare cookie dough
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, corn starch, and baking soda. Set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture.
Step 3: Scoop, fill, bake
Use a 1½ Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion dough and place on prepared pans. Use a rounded bottom measure spoon (we use ½ Tablespoon) to make indention in top of each cookie.
Fill indentions with streusel. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just starting to brown around edges.
FAQ’s and Troubleshooting
Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?
Of course! Once the cookie dough is mixed, you can portion the dough and place on lined sheet pan. From there, freeze until hardened. Once the cookie dough balls are frozen solid, you can place in a freezer safe zip-top bag and freeze for 1-2 months.
Why are my cookies dry?
This could be caused by two things! Either the cookies were over-baked or the flour was over-measured. Both of these can cause your cookies can cause your cookies to be dry.
Why did my cookies not spread?
If the cookies didn’t spread while baking, this is due to too much flour being added to the cookie dough. Be sure to not add too much flour!
How To Get a Perfectly Round Cookie
The best way to achieve this is using a cookie scoop, as the dough balls will already be in close-to-perfect round. As they bake, the cookies will spread into a perfect round shape!
Though, sometimes the cookies can get a little wonky-shaped while spreading, but no worries! You can still fix it.
Using a biscuit cutter that’s larger than the cookie, bump the cookies while they’re still very hot to fit inside the cutter and circle around them to create the perfect round shape!
How To Store
The best part about these cookies? They can be frozen for up to 3 months! Oh, yes, that’s right. After baking and cooling, you can place the baked cookies in an airtight freezer safe zip top bag and put in the freezer.
Though, if you’d like fresh baked cookies, you can actually freeze the cookie dough itself! Follow the directions all the way to portioning out the dough. From there, place a few inches apart on a lined sheet pan and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours, or until the cookie dough is frozen solid. From there, place the frozen cookie dough balls in a zip top bag and keep in the freezer for 1-2 months.
You can also keep these cookies in an airtight container or zip top bag on the counter for about a week!
- This recipe can be made gluten-free if you use your favorite 1:1 gluten-free all purpose flour.
- These cookies can also be made vegan if plant-based butter and your favorite vegan egg substitute are used.
- You can also make this recipe dairy-free by using a plant-based/dairy-free butter.
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- Make sure the butter and egg are both room temperature!
- Be careful to not over-mix the cookie dough, as this may result in a tough cookie.
- These cookies are meant to spread, as this is what yields in the perfect cookie to streusel ratio.
- When filling the cookies, make sure to mound the streusel slightly!
- Let the cookies cool slightly before serving for the best flavor.
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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Cookies
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons salted butter, slightly chilled
- Heat oven to 350℉.
- Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
- Cut in butter using a pastry blender, or fork. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, corn starch, and baking soda. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Stir in flour mixture.
- Use a 1½ Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion dough.
- Place on prepared pans.
- Use a rounded bottom measure spoon (we use ½ Tablespoon) to make indention in top of each cookie.
- Fill indentions with streusel.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until just starting to brown around edges.
- Allow to cool on pan.
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