Monday, February 25, 2013

Coffee & Cream Oatmeal Cookies

Coffee and Cream Oatmeal Cookies

My obsession with coffee & cookies – and combining the two – continues today with coffee & cream oatmeal cookies.  Ever since making the Milk Bar Compost cookies, I have had a major thing with putting ground coffee beans into my cookie dough.

Call me crazy.  Or don’t.  Because it’s aaaaamazing.  I wasn’t sure that my all-time favorite soft and chewy oatmeal cookies could get any better but sure enough, they can.  The “cream” component in these cookies is simple – white chocolate chips.  Because: a) I can’t leave the baking aisle in the grocery store without a bag; b) I drink my coffee black (you can keep your creamer all to yourself!); and c) I will take white chocolate alongside my coffee cup any day of the week!

Coffee and Cream Oatmeal Cookies

I have to tell you something else about these cookies – Paul actually ate them.  That might not mean anything right now.  But let me tell you a little secret – he doesn’t really like sweets.  This presents a very large problem in our house since I bake – a lot.  I am already pawning off baked goods onto our new neighbors and new church.  But you guys, he actually ate one of these, and then another, and then another.

If I can get that man to like a cookie, I can do anything.  My work here is done.

Coffee and Cream Oatmeal Cookies

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Coffee & Cream Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 18 large cookies

Total Time: 35 min

Classic soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with a hint of coffee and cream - freshly ground coffee beans and white chocolate chips!


1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup + 2 Tbs. flour
2 Tbs. ground coffee (not instant)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces) granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a glass bowl. Let the melted butter sit for 10 minutes to cool.

In another large bowl, whisk the oats, flour, coffee, baking soda and salt together and set aside.

Add the sugars to the melted and cooled butter and mix by hand until well-blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and incorporate. Add the oat-flour mixture and stir until all is incorporated. It will be tough but not too tough to complete by hand. Add the white chocolate chips and stir. The dough will be stiff but still easy enough to mix by hand.

Chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes, one hour is preferable, or up to 24 hours.

To make jumbo cookies (as the recipe calls): use a large cookie scoop (2 3/4-ounce)to scoop the batter. Roll into a ball and repeat with the other dough.

For smaller cookies, just use a regular-sized cookie scoop, or portion the dough into one-inch balls.

Bake for 11-12 minutes (jumbo) or 10-11 minutes (regular sized). Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet; they will continue to cook a bit so don’t leave them in the oven too long. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

*If you have a food scale, I suggest that you use it to measure the sugars for these cookies - it will ensure accuracy in their measurement. If not, just make sure you pack the brown sugar and scoop & level the granulated.

Coffee and Cream Oatmeal Cookies


88 Responses to “Coffee & Cream Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 25, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Husbands are so funny!!! I love that he kept eating these. BTW I love adding coffee to sweets but never thought to do it with cookies!!

  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 25, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Im a huge fan of white chocolate (and coffee) and love how you expanded on the Milkbar recipe and came up with these!

  3. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — February 25, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    You are so going to turn Paul into a sweets guy. Just give it time. 😉

    These sound wonderful!!

  4. #
    leslie — February 25, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    Ground coffee in cookie dough??? Well, thats kinda amazing!

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — February 25, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    I also LOVED the ground coffee in the compost cookies. I think it sounds like the perfect thing to pair with white chocolate and oatmeal. And yay on getting Paul to like sweets! 🙂

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    Gerry @ foodness gracious — February 25, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Yesss, someone else who shares my love for white chocolate! I’d take it any day over a square of dark 🙂

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    Wendy — February 25, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Cassie, these must be perfect with a cup of coffee! I love coffee in cookies. Whether it is for a flavor on its own or to intensify the chocolate flavor, its just great in cookies! I do have two questions for you. Do these stay soft for a few days? I am finding that the different brands of white chocolate chips taste different. I am liking Hershey’s right now which I find to be creamier. As a white chocolate chip lover, which brand is your favorite?

    • Cassie replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 8:30 am

      Hi Wendy! Thanks so much. These cookies stay soft for 2-3 days as long as they are not overbaked, I have made that mistake in the past. I even pull them out of the oven slightly under-done and let them finish setting up on the cookie sheet. I prefer Hershey’s white chocolate as well for the same reason – and I feel that the vanilla flavor is more balanced. I’ve tried some more expensive versions and they taste like fake vanilla to me.

  8. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 25, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    I’m so ready for a cookie. I might have to go warm some butter.

  9. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — February 25, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    You have a knack for great combos Cassie. I really like the sound of this!

  10. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 25, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Coffee in cookies… I think I just died! I’m going to have to make these and hoard them in my bedside table… my 8 year-old {who always steals sips of my coffee} would love these! Genius idea my friend 🙂

  11. #
    Christina — February 25, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    My guy doesn’t like sweets much either! Maybe this’ll change his mind 🙂 And if not, I’ll still eat them!!

  12. #
    Jill — February 25, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    The Compost Cookies are easily my favorite! I also find myself adding coffee into all the cookies I bake now.

    These look great!

  13. #
    Jenna — February 25, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    do you think I could make these w/ milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate? to say I’m not a fan of white chocolate is an understatment. 😉

    • Cassie replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      Hi Jenna, yes, absolutely! The base of this cookie is actually my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe so I’m sure chocolate chips would be great with the oatmeal/coffee combo! Or cinnamon chips!

  14. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 25, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    After you guested on my blog with those maple cookies that had coffee in them, I am throwing coffee into all of my cookies- you turned me into an addict too!! I love it! 🙂

  15. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 25, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    So… give them to the kids before you send them out to play for an hour or two? 😉

    These are completely irresistible!

  16. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — February 25, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    what a creative cookie!

  17. #
    Tracey — February 25, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    This is *such* a cool idea Cassie!! And I’m always game for anything involving white chocolate 🙂

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 25, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Whaaaaat coffee in a cookie?? MY DREAMS COME TRUE.

  19. #
    Oliver Denton — February 25, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I love coffee and white chocolate together, the combination really ‘pops’. I think I’ll give these a go…

  20. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 25, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Coffee in my cookies is my favorite!

  21. #
    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — February 25, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Aaa this sounds great! I didn’t think I could find another way to enjoy coffee but looky here…

  22. #
    Lora — February 25, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I am an oatmeal cookie lover big time. These look wonderful! Great idea.

  23. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 25, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    GAH, I have the exact same “I love to bake” and “The husband doesn’t like sweets” problem combo. Glad to hear Paul was sold on these. Maybe Ben will be too. And if not, more for this girl 🙂

  24. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    This looks like the perfect oatmeal cookie!

  25. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    That totally cracked me up about Paul actually eating them 🙂

  26. #
    Sues — February 25, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    I absolutely love the idea of coffee and cream 🙂 Perfection!

  27. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — February 25, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I love seeing if old favourites can somehow be made even better, or at least equally good in a different way!

  28. #
    Sylvie — February 25, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    These look like perfection, delicious and so soft and chewy!

  29. #
    Holly @ A Year in Wichita — February 25, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I wish you were closer to Wichita…my husband would gladly take some of those sweets off your hands! And so would I…

  30. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — February 25, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    totally wishing I had 1 or 20 of these cookies in front of me right now. Love the idea of adding coffee. Great recipe Cassie.

  31. #
    Marly — February 25, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I’m with Heather…except that if I had 20 in front of me…I might eat them all! They look soooo good.

  32. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 25, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    These cookies look so good, Cassie! Love the flavors!

  33. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 25, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    I LOVE white chocolate! These cookies wouldn’t last more than 10 seconds in my household!

  34. #
    Kathryn — February 25, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Ha, that must be the ultimate compliment from Paul! These cookies sound really delicious – love that coffee and cream combination.

  35. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 25, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    I never thought of putting coffee grounds in a cookie! You are a complete genius. That is all there is to it! I want one (or all) of these cookies right now 😀

  36. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — February 25, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    I am so making these asap.

  37. #
    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — February 25, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I love eating a cookie, or two, while drinking my coffee. Baking coffee into cookies sounds like a fantastic idea! I’ve made brownies with coffee and it’s a great taste — so I know your cookies must taste delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  38. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — February 25, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I love love love that you use actual coffee and not instant in this recipe.

  39. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 25, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I love coffee in cookies! I actually did something VERY similar a few weeks ago but i haven’t published it yet, haha – coffee in cookies is something i’ll never look back on!

  40. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 25, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I love the addition of coffee, these sound so wonderful!

  41. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 25, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    I’m right with you on adding ground coffee to cookies, love it!! I like the white chocolate with yours, too.

  42. #
    carrian — February 25, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    Bet you didn’t know that oatmeal cookies are an all time favorite of mine did ya?! mmmmm

  43. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 25, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I am drooling over these cookies! What a fabulous idea!

  44. #
    Lena — February 25, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    I’ve added ground coffee beans to cake before, but I havent tried it in cookies until ,now. I really need to give this a shot!

  45. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 25, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    I wish I had your husband’s problem! Well, I do, and then I don’t because sweets are just amazing and these cookies look too good not to like!

  46. #
    Joanne — February 26, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    I’ve put coffee in many a baked good before but never cookies! Seriously genius move!

  47. #
    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — February 26, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    Coffee, cream, oatmeal…fabulous! Adore your cookies!!!

  48. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 26, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Ooh I love coffee in cookies! I made some last week with espresso! Such a great flavor booster! These look fantastic!

  49. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 26, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I think it’s pretty safe to say I would adore these!

  50. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — February 26, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I seriously have to give this a try!!

  51. #
    claire — February 26, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I love coffee AND i love cookies. So what’s not to love?

  52. #
    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — February 26, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    First, I think it’s fairly badass that you drink your coffee black. Second, I need to try coffee grounds in cookies because it sounds amazing. P.S. why doesn’t Starbucks make candles? I want my house to smell like coffee and cookies all the time.

    • Cassie replied: — February 26th, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

      I know! Actually, though, Yankee Candle does (or used to) make a coffee candle…it is DREAMY!

  53. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — February 26, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    what is with men not loving sweets? I’m married to a similar man…and so is my sister! (we’re turning them to the dark side though!)

    love coffee in baked goods!

  54. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchn — February 26, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Cassie, what a great invention! Honestly, the idea of creating an oatmeal cookie with built-in ‘coffee and cream’ is pure genius! To really gild the lily, one could smash two of them together, sandwiched, with a mocha cream icing…more coffee and cream! Truly, a recipe to be made ASAP for coffee lovers. Thanks for the tasty recipe! xo

  55. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — February 26, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    These look fantastic!

  56. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I’m loving these cookies! The white chocolate and coffee combination sounds like the perfect addition to chewy oatmeal cookies!

  57. #
    Angie — February 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Oatmeal cookies are the best!

  58. #
    Amber @ Sprinkled With Flour — February 26, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I love coffee in my desserts and these cookies look out of this world. Who wouldn’t want a giant chewy oatmeal cookie like this one? So yummy. 🙂

  59. #
    Jamie — February 26, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Coffee in cookies?! Yes please!

  60. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 26, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    I love everything abou these cookies. Everything!

  61. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 26, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Ground coffee beans in cookie dough? You are a genius!

  62. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 26, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    My goodness these look amazing

  63. #
    Meghan — February 26, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    You know I love white chocolate in cookies! These look awesome, Cassie!

  64. #
    Reem — February 27, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    Ok now this is genius. …
    Coffee in cookie. .. it like christmas in summer… I know I’m totally crazy but I can bath in coffee…. This is a must!

  65. #
    Aggie — February 27, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Oh my gosh I love coffee in desserts! These are my kind of cookies!!

  66. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — February 27, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    My husband doesn’t really like sweets either, so I am always trying to find new people to share the goodies with! I love all things coffee so I am loving that you added it to an oatmeal cookie. YUM!

  67. #
    Zoe — February 27, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    These look absolutely fabulous, I can’t wait to give them a go!

  68. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 28, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Oh no. My husband is just the same! Doesn’t really like sweets. But neither of us really have jobs where we can bring in goodies. So… I eat everything. Not so good.

    And these cookies look magical! I love that you used ground coffee. 🙂

  69. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — March 1, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    You and your fabulous oatmeal cookies have done it again Cassie!

  70. #
    Kelsey — March 3, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Just made these, and I’m so glad I did. Super easy and definitely my new favorite oatmeal cookie. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  71. #
    Shaina — March 5, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Yes. Coffee and cream together in a cookie. Can I eat them for breakfast?

  72. #
    Laura — March 10, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    LOVE coffee flavored desserts. Pinning now, these look fantastic.

  73. #
    Melanie — March 25, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Loved these cookies! Definitely one to use for any occasion! Will be baking them again these week for the Easter holiday. Thank you

  74. #
    Karen Ronk — November 1, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    These are absolutely delicious – so many flavors mingling. I was wondering if anyone has ever made these using flavored coffee? I am currently enjoying a tiramisu flavored coffee and I think using that with dark chocolate chips would be amazing.

    • Cassie replied: — November 1st, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      I think a flavored coffee sounds like a fabulous adaptation. I am glad you enjoy the cookies!

  75. #
    Kelly — December 17, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I just made these, and they taste wonderful…but mine came out really, really flat. Maybe it’s because I’m a baby and didn’t mix by hand?

    • Cassie replied: — December 17th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      Hi Kelly, I’m glad you liked the flavor! Flat cookies can be caused by a number of things – not enough flour or oats, butter that is too warm, or using extra large eggs, or maybe your kitchen temperature was a little too high which makes the dough warm as well. Next time you might try chilling the dough for 20-30 minutes before baking, and make sure to let the butter cool long enough before starting the cookie dough. I hope this helps!


  76. #
    Kelly — December 17, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Dang gal…they *were* extra large eggs! Roommate brought ’em home, last night…and I didn’t even think to check. 😉 Oh well…the flavor is all there!

  77. #
    Linda — December 31, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Just made these yesterday for the first time. I haven’t gotten any feedback on them yet but I really liked how they turned out. Love the color and aroma when they baked. Love these cookies with the ground coffee specks!! Thanks for the recipe. I think it is a KKEPER!

  78. #
    Heather — December 10, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    What kind of oats do you use?

  79. #
    Melissa — February 19, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    im so disappointed I made these last night and wanted to cry. They are for a birthday the next day. I felt like I was being spoon fed coffee grinds. I didn’t even want another cookie which says a lot about them because I LOVE sugar, coffee and white chocolate! Way to many white chocolate chips because not enough cookie dough to support them. Desperate I tried to make a second batch and reduce the white chocolate and halfed the coffee grinds… I also used bread flour the second time to give them a little more body. They are much better now but I’m so exhausted and heartbroken of the first batch I can’t truly make a judgment are they just better or are they good? They look awesome and I love the idea but felt I needed to share my experience because looks were deceiving. Sorry for the sad review. 🙁

  80. #
    Melissa — February 19, 2015 @ 8:38 pm

    Just thought I would update since I ended on such a sad note. The updated batch everyone liked and they were all gone. So I feel better. To get my 2 year old to not want any I gave her one from the first batch… She threw it away. Glad I had enough ingredients for a 2nd batch to tweak! Thanks for the recipe and fun idea! 🙂


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