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Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies are a recipe that is simple enough to be made any day, but the flavors are elegant, subtle, and delicious.

Stacked Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies

I discovered these coffee-flavored sugar cookies during one of my vacations in Romania a few years ago.  I just loved the cookies. I had no idea these simple sugar cookies flavored with coffee could be that good.

I always thought that sugar cookies are pretty boring, and I was not quite into them, but coffee-flavored sugar cookies are something else! If you love coffee, it is mandatory to try them.

They are a delicious sweet treat to enjoy with a tall glass of milk, a cup of tea, or, obviously, coffee (you should try my delicious Turkish coffee recipe).

They also make an awesome gift to any coffee lover, especially around holidays. I think they would make a great addition to a party, graduation, wedding shower, or anything in between.

The cookies are easy to make; after all, these are sugar cookies that most people can put together even if they are not experienced, bakers. The secret is always in good quality ingredients, time in the oven, and love.

For this recipe I used instant espresso coffee. I like using this type of coffee in baking.

It is soluble, making it easier to incorporate in the recipe, has a fragrant coffee taste, and perfect for a lot of recipes. I always have a jar in the pantry, just for baking.

However, if you do not like coffee, these cookies can be flavored with other things. The most popular flavors are cinnamon or vanilla, but you can also use almond flavor, rum or even lemon. 

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies on a plate with a cup of coffee

These cookies are elegant, simple, and not very sweet. The hint of coffee is subtle yet enough to bring pleasure to your taste buds.

Overall, a great recipe that is modest enough to get forgotten, but as soon as you discover it, it will stay in your collection of recipes forever.

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies- stacked on a colorful plate

Can I freeze these cookies?

The dough can be made in advance and kept in the freezer for later use. You can also freeze the already-baked cookies, but I prefer to freeze the dough and bake the cookies when I need them. The smell and aroma of fresh-baked cookies are the best.

Here is an article that talks more about freezing dough or already-baked cookies.

Decorating the cookies:

You can decorate these cookies as you like. Someone asked me if I do any flood frosting on them. I personally never did the flood frosting, as I do not have any experience on the matter, but if you do, this recipe is great for it.

It is a sturdy cookie, and I think it will stand out from other decorated sugar cookies, as it has a delicious flavor.

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Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies is a recipe that is simple enough to be made any day, but the flavors are elegant, subtle and delicious.

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies are a recipe that is simple enough to be made any day, but the flavors are elegant, subtle, and delicious.
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: coffee flavored sugar cookies, cookies, sugar cookies with coffee
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 87kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (2 sticks of butter)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • options for flavors instead of coffee: 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • or 1 teaspoon vanilla to flavor the cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Dissolve the instant coffee in a little bit of water(2 tsp).
  • With a mixer, beat the butter, yolks, powder sugar, salt, milk, and coffee until smooth.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and make a dough.
  • Place the dough covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Take the dough out, place it on a floured surfaces, roll it about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut the cookies in any shape you want.
  • Bake them on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet at 350F for 10 minutes until the edges get slightly golden.
  • Instead of coffee, you can use cinnamon or vanilla.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating

Miranda Evans

Friday 27th of December 2019

I will be trying these cookies soon. Just curious if they’re a soft cookie or crunchy?

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 28th of December 2019

It is not a soft cookie. It is a sugar cookie flavored with coffee. Great for decorating also.


Saturday 7th of December 2019

Can you freeze these cookies? Do you ever do flood frosting on them?


Thursday 31st of October 2019

Just took a pic, but not sure how to send it! I followed the recipe exactly other than using 2 tsp of espresso coffee. Tasty! An elite sort of cookie/flavor! I rolled them into 2 'logs', refrigerated them overnight, then sliced & baked the next day, first rolling in sugar. Decided to frost them with a simple mix of XXX sugar, heavy cream & more coffee powder. Thanks for the unique recipe! Will serve at my mom's Christmas brunch this year!

The Bossy Kitchen

Thursday 31st of October 2019

How cool and creative! I am happy you liked the recipe and made it better. It is indeed a good recipe. Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday 28th of November 2018