Monday, May 14, 2012

Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

I’m not sure about you, but after so many sandwiches last week, I was in the mood for a cookie.

Truth be told I have no idea where I came up with a notion to put toffee bits and coffee together in a cookie but I’m here to say that it works.  Since making the compost cookies, I guess I have a mindset that absolutely nothing is off limits in cookie dough.  So was born some cinnamon toffee coffee cookies. 

Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

Including fresh coffee grounds.  Coffee is an every day, no exceptions, drink-it-black, first-thing-in-the-morning kind of habit in my brain.  I started drinking it with my Grammy when I was no older than 8 and just never stopped.  She taught me to drink it black, and with chocolate chip cookies dipped in.  That’s legit, huh?

And that’s the way I have consumed it every. single. day.  I was raised by a coffee-drinking family.  I married into a coffee-drinking family.  In fact, I decided that I was going to marry Paul when I found out he takes his coffee black.  Match made in heaven, yes?  And chances are, we’ll raise a coffee-drinking family.

People told me it would stunt my growth but I think I did just fine.  Although I don’t dunk cookies in it every day anymore, I will take an excuse to eat a couple cookies with my coffee.  So why not put the coffee inside the cookies?  It’s necessary.  And brilliant.  And so rich and delicious.

Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

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Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

Yield: 3-dozen cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Chewy Toffee Coffee cookies featuring a sugary-y cookie base with spicy cinnamon, sweet toffee, and rich coffee flavor.


2 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour (I use King Arthur)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup Heath toffee bits
3 tsp. fresh coffee grounds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment or Silpat liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light in color, fluffy and airy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.

Slowly add the flour and mix just until combined, and until no white streaks remain. Stir in the toffee bits and coffee grounds.

Place the dough, in 1-inch balls, about 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned on the edges but soft in the middle. Cook for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, and then cool completely on a wire rack.

Cassie's Notes:
Since beginning the Milk Bar Monday series, I have learned that I prefer bread flour in cookies (and lots of recipes) versus all-purpose. The extra protein in bread flour helps to bind to all of the butter in these cookies. All-purpose flour can be subbed for the bread flour, just add 3-4 more tablespoons of all purpose flour.

Most grocery stores have Heath Bar Toffee Bits for sale in the baking aisle. If you can't find them, use any toffee bar, or buy a Heath candy bar and chop it up into bits for this recipe.

And make sure to use actual (unused) coffee grounds in this recipe, not instant coffee or instant espresso. Both will just dissolve in the recipe and you won't get the rich coffee flavor that I loved most about these cookies. I am a coffee lover so I probably could have added another teaspoon and been OK, but if you aren't as much of a fan, feel free to reduce the amount of coffee you add.

Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies


59 Responses to “Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — May 14, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    Yessssss please.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 14, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    I agree. “Brilliant!” These sound fabulous, Cassie!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 14, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    Mmm love this idea!

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    Rachel R — May 14, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Toffee and coffee in one cookie? Genius!

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    Cookbook Queen — May 14, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Love the toffee/coffee combo (and it RHYMES!!)

    My husband is crazy about coffee. He would love these!!

  6. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 14, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    These must taste like one tall, delicious, latte! What a great idea.

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    Lauren — May 14, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    Those look so chewy and delish! Mmmmm….

  8. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — May 14, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    These look great Cassie! I bet they are amazing with a hot cup of coffee! 😀

  9. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 14, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Haha, I love the way you talk about coffee. I’ve never really had coffee although I bake with it. Just smelling it gives me a headache so I haven’t tried. But coffee ice cream? Ooooh. Or coffee cheesecake?! Oh gosh. Now I want to get up and bake something coffee flavored. I’m a huge fan of Heath bars so these cookies sound pretty much perfect to me. And I love that little cookie / cupcake stand! Cute. 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 14, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    You had me at cinnamon! Sounds amazing.

  11. #
    Mai Nguyen — May 14, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Now this is my type of cookie! Coffee and toffee bits? Yes, please!

    & I love your little mini stand you used for the cookie. Super cuteee!

  12. #
    Kathryn — May 14, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I’m not a big coffee drinker but I love those little flecks in these cookies. Toffee and coffee sounds like a great combination.

  13. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Bring me some? K, thanks! 😉

  14. #
    brandi — May 14, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    well…now i’m just wishing i had some with my coffee right now! yum. 🙂

  15. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 14, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I’m game for anything toffee! Throw in some cinnamon and I call that absolutely heavenly!

  16. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 14, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I love the little coffee specks throughout the cookie. Looks like poppyseeds but I bet it’s a nice surprise biting into it when you find out it’s not 🙂

  17. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 14, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Ha – since you were 8?!?!? That’s dedication. These sound delicious. And love that you used the grounds!

  18. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 14, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    These look great, Cassie! Perfect for dunking into a cup of milk. Mmmm! Love your notes about the bread flour, too. I never knew that it had an advantage over all purpose flour in that way. Thanks for the lesson!

  19. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — May 14, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Oh heck yes. Cassie, I loved your sandwich series, but I’m glad to see some cookies up in these parts!

  20. #
    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — May 14, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Yes, yes, yes! Would you send me a couple dozen please? Pretty please???

  21. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 14, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I was wondering how long it would be before someone made a version of compost cookies…and used coffee! They look great!

  22. #
    Tracey — May 14, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I grew up in a coffee drinking family too, but I’ve never developed the habit. People told me it would happen in college or law school, but I just never learned to like the taste. That said, I LOVE to use coffee in baking projects so these cookies are right up my alley!

  23. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 14, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Coffee and toffee? Oh hecks to the yes!

  24. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I love what you did here, Cassie! Coffee & toffee are perfect together, and combining them in a cookie is such a good idea.

  25. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 14, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    yes, Cassie… NOTHING is off limits in cookie dough! These look awesome Cassie! Love the cookie recipes you come up with.

  26. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — May 14, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I have a serious obsession with Toffee, and these cookies look amazing. Not I just want to make Compost Toffee :0

  27. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 14, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    These look delicious Cassie!!

  28. #
    Lucille Zimmer — May 14, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Yum I copied down the recipe !!!My cookie dessert next in my lineup of the week .

  29. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 14, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    these cookies turned out gorgeous! i actually gave up drinking coffee a while ago (once i realized that i never really liked it, + just drank it out of habit, ha!) but i still love its flavor in foods – ice cream, cookies, even on rubs for meat. i bet i’d looove these. yum!

  30. #
    sarah — May 14, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I’m a black coffee drinking girl too! And these cookies look heavenly!!

  31. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — May 14, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    oh man, these look good!

  32. #
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — May 14, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    I am always in the mood for cookies and these look amazing!

  33. #
    Ryan — May 14, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    These sound delicious! Love the combination of flavors in this cookie and I’m totally with you on the need for coffee in the morning!

  34. #
    ATasteOfMadness — May 14, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    That is one big bite! I could probably eat it in one whole one, then gobble the rest down just as fast. This looks delicious!

  35. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 14, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    These are brilliant! Two of my favorite things all together as one. Love your tip about bread flour. I’ll have to try that. I can’t wait to whip up a batch of these!

  36. #
    Anna — May 14, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Mmm, any food makes me feel like a cookie, and these look like such a perfect texture!

  37. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 14, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I’m crazy impressed with these cookies…and your black coffee drinking. My husband has been trying to get me to give up creamer since we got married 3 1/2 years ago…and had no luck yet! We’d both love these cookies though 🙂

  38. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 14, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    Wow, these cookies look out of this world!! Yum!!

  39. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — May 14, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    These cookies are fabulous!!!
    And they rhyme toffee… coffee…
    perfect pair!!!

  40. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 14, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    I’d dip em in a cup of black coffee…indeed I would. I love toffee bits (I’m obsessed with putting them on my frozen yogurt) and think the combo of toffee and coffee is brilliant 🙂

  41. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 15, 2012 @ 5:24 am

    Whoa… toffee and coffee?!

  42. #
    Ramona — May 15, 2012 @ 6:14 am cookies… I think you are starting to get all my favorite food groups covered. 🙂 These look great Cassie!! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  43. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 15, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    These cookies look so good! I love toffee!

  44. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — May 15, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Love it Cassie! Toffee, coffee and cinnamon. Works for me!

  45. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 15, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Oh yes, such a nice treat after having good sandwiches! I drink coffee black too! I’ve never dip cookies in it though. Got to try it (after kids leave the house!). 😉 Toffee in the cookies sounds wonderful. I have a cup of coffee with me, all I need is these yummy cookies!

  46. #
    Kelly — May 15, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    What a fabulous recipe, these look absolutely delicious!! 🙂

  47. #
    Sarah — May 15, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    Toffee in cookies is my favorite!

  48. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love — May 15, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Oh, I so agree nothing is off-limits when it comes to cookie dough! What a wonderful flavor combo with the toffee and coffee!

  49. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 15, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    What a great combination! I am not a huge coffee lover, but I love the flecks it gives the cookie

  50. #
    Baker Street — May 16, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Toffee coffee! YUM! Great combination. they look just perfect Cassie! 🙂

  51. #
    Kelly Senyei — May 16, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    The name alone has me hooked! I’m a sucker for a good food rhyme 😉 Can’t wait to give these a try!

  52. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — May 16, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    DEcadent is an understatement!! I could use these right about now! Hop a flight to Santa Barbara, I’ll provide housing, you provide these cookies!

  53. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 16, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    oh Cassie, you have combined all 3 of my favorite flavors in one cookie and i love you for it!! seriously, coffee flavored anything with toffee and cinnamon is such a matchmade in heaven!!

  54. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — May 17, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Coffee with cookies dunked into is is the best way to drink coffee in my opinion!

  55. #
    Meghan — May 17, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    I love coffee & love it even more in cookies! These look awesome Cassie!

  56. #
    Kiran @ — May 17, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Coffee flavored anything has me drooling all the time. For reals 😀


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