Coffee Sugar Cookies

Do you ever see a recipe on your social media feed that is just undeniable?

Not only does it sound tasty, but it looks beautiful and you just know you can recreate it.

Yeah, that did not happen this week.

I saw an amazing recipe from I am Baker a couple weeks ago, pinned it, and waited until I could find a quiet, non-kiddo time to make it.  (Dreaming of gorgeous off-white round cookies, with perfect little sprinkles of black coffee throughout.)

You’ll have to scroll to the end to see what happened.  I bet you can guess.

The Recipe:

Coffee Sugar Cookies, adapted very slightly from I am Baker (mostly because it didn’t turn out exactly right)

1 c butter, softened

1 1/4 c sugar

2 eggs

2 T instant coffee

1 t vanilla

2 c flour

1/2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. In a small bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, and coffee until fully incorporated. In separate bowl add together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add your egg mixture to the butter mixture until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture until fully combined, do not over beat.

Chill this dough for at least one hour, preferably overnight.

When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Allow cookies to cool completely.

The Results:

Let’s just start out by sharing the picture…


Sad little misshapen cookies

Hmmm, I’m thinking something went wrong. (You should click on the link to I am Baker above to see what they actually should look like.)

I’m not sure if it was the use of instant coffee vs fresh-ground or what, but these did not look like the cookies of my dreams. Plus, my dough ended up really sticky – so I couldn’t roll it out as suggested or use a circle cookie cutter to make a perfect shape. Ooops.

But, but, but

In the good news column, they still tasted like I dreamed!

They were crisp and chewy and very much a grown up coffee-flavored treat (no kids allowed!).

So, my suggestion – head back to the original recipe…and let me know if your’s turn out better.



5 thoughts on “Coffee Sugar Cookies

  1. Don’t you hate it when that happens. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made things that look nothing like the pictures. Fortunately they usually taste good. I have had those recipes though that turn out gorgeous and taste awful. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your grown-up cookies! Cookies with caffeine. Sounds perfect to me! 😉


  2. Who needs Red Bull when there are sugar and coffee cookies around? I think these cookies look fine, Courthney. I say that having seen some truly awful looking cookies come out of my oven. 🙂


  3. I had the same problem when I made these cookies. Way too sticky! What a nightmare. I also used instant coffee which coloured my dough brown. I was ready to roll out my cookies when I tasted the dough; too bitter for me. I added more sugar… From there everything went out the window. I haven’t a clue what actually went into my cookies nor how much of it. The ending flavour is to die for but of course my flour took a beating, literally, & they are chewtastic! I topped mine off with an Irish Cream flavoured RI & they are so yummy… Yet chewy. Been wanting to make some more… This time I may write down my ingredients.


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