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Best Easy Recipes for Cookies That Go with Coffee

Want cookies that go with coffee for your next get-together with friends? Or do you just want a few ideas for a personal treat?

If you’re looking for cookies that go with coffee, it’s a good idea to offer a variety—especially if you’re hosting guests. For a personal afternoon treat, it’s all about your preference. So I’ve listed a variety of the best coffee cookies that I enjoy.

cup of coffee with cookies on a dish towel

I also have a super simple coffee cookies recipe below. These are basic sugar cookies that only require a few ingredients.

If all you want is the recipe for this, just click the jump-to-recipe button beneath the title. 

But if you want to see different types of cookies and cookie bars that go with coffee, please read the entire post. I have linked many of my favorite cookie recipes to help give you some ideas. When I’m hosting a larger group of people, I like to offer tea or a glass of milk to anyone who doesn’t want coffee.

Cookie Bars and Cookies That Go with Coffee

As I mentioned, it’s all about what you like. Here are some delicious cookie recipe posts to spark some ideas:

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies 

plate of butterscotch pecan cookies

These deliciously sweet butterscotch pecan cookies are perfect for coffee lovers! They offer a balance of sweet to whatever way you enjoy drinking your coffee. 

Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of peanut butter cookies and a jar of peanut butter

Here’s the perfect cookie that literally melts in your mouth. Add a cup of coffee, and you have the best treat ever to satisfy any peanut butter lover’s sweet tooth! This cookie is made without flour, so it melts in your mouth! And it’s gluten-free!

Biscotti Cookies 

Biscotti cookies are Italian biscuits that are baked twice, giving them that super crunchy texture. It’s an Italian cookie that is perfect for dunking in coffee, milk, or whatever you’re drinking. Check out these easy biscotti cookies from Sugar Spun Run.

Shortbread Cookies 

Not quite a sweet as most cookies, shortbread cookies are a delicious alternative when you just want a little something crunchy with your coffee. These classic shortbread cookies from Chew Out Loud are a favorite afternoon snack to serve with coffee, tea, or any other drink.

Chocolate Chip Cookies 

chocolate chip skillet cookie

Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies or try this skillet cookie recipe. It’s one of my favorite things to make when my husband and I want something sweet. I make these with almond flour because I have a gluten intolerance. However, you can make them with an all-purpose flour if you prefer.

For extra chocolaty flavor, use chocolate chunks instead of the small chocolate chips. My favorite is dark chocolate. And if you want to get extra fancy, add some white chocolate chips.

Madeleines 

When you want something pretty but easy to make, try these Madeleines from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They’re quite impressive and equally yummy!

Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry thumbprint cookies on a plate beside a napkin

Here is a great recipe when you crave cookies, but you don’t have a lot of time. Sure, there are shortcuts here, but no one will know if you don’t tell them. I used raspberry jam, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer. I also like to use marmalade or peach preserves. Try different fillings and decide which you like best.

Crunchy Chocolate Crisp Cookies

plate of chocolate crisp cookies

The unexpected surprise of the crunchy crisped rice adds texture to these delightful brownie style cookies. They’re easy to make and deliver a yummy chocolate flavor with every bite.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

Soft and chewy make these oatmeal raisin cookies from Recipe Tin Eats irresistible. Add them to your platter of cookies to serve with coffee. And since they’re both nutritious ingredients, an excellent case can be made to enjoy them for breakfast!

Coconut Macaroons

2 macaroon cookies with cherries on top

The chewy texture of this cookie makes it oh-so satisfying! If you like coconut, you’ll love these delicious cookies! These chewy coffee cookies are always a big hit with guests.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Are you a snickerdoodle fan? If so, you’ll want to make these snickerdoodle cookies from Back to My Southern Roots. The classic flavor of these cookies will leave you asking for seconds!

Scotcheroos

2 plates of scotcheroos

If you enjoy the chocolate and peanut butter combination, you’ll love these delicious scotcheroos cookie bars. Made with a delightful blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch, they’re guaranteed to brighten your day!

Butter Cookies

Can you put out store-bought butter cookies? Yes, you can! But why would you when you can have something so much better! These yummy homemade butter cookies from Hostess at Heart will make you swoon! So when you’re looking for cookies that go with coffee, add these to the selection.

Lemon Bars

lemon bars on a plate and in a pan

The perfect blend of sweet and tart make these lemon bars a coffee-time favorite. This recipe is super easy, so there’s no reason to leave them out.

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

Fudge bar servings on a plate

These peanut butter fudge bars are out-of-this-world delicious! They’re easy to make yet quite impressive to serve with coffee!

More Cookies to Fill in the Gaps

If you only have time to make one or two varieties of homemade cookies, it’s absolutely fine to fill in the empty spaces with store-bought cookies.

variety of cookies on a plate

Here are some that go with coffee and are sure to satisfy:

  • Oreos
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Any of your favorite Girl Scout cookies

How to Serve Coffee

Most of the time, when I have guests over for coffee and cookies, I like to offer a choice of regular or decaf. You can use brewed coffee or make a pot of instant coffee in a carafe. 

cup of coffee

Make sure you offer a variety of things for guests to add to their cup of Joe. Here are a few things I recommend:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweetener
  • Cream or half-and-half

If you want to get extra fancy, offer one or more of these:

  • Whipped cream
  • Coconut sugar
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup

How to Store Leftover Cookies

After you enjoy your coffee and cookies, make sure you put the leftover cookies in an airtight container. Or you can put them on a plate covered in plastic wrap. This ensures freshness that will last for days and days. I have a special cookie box that keeps the cookies fresh. Since I make way more cookies than I can eat in one sitting, this is extremely important!

cookies on a plate with a mug

Easy Coffee Cookie Recipe

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

When you want a basic cookie to go with coffee, this quick and easy recipe is perfect!

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil in large bowl. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Put sugar in a small bowl.
  4. Scoop the cookie dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon. Roll the tablespoons of dough into balls.
  5. If you want to add the optional sugar, either sprinkle it on top of the cookies or roll the balls of dough in the sugar.
  6. Place the balls of dough on the lined baking sheet, making sure that they are at least an inch apart.
  7. Put the sheet of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.
  8. Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature before serving.

Notes

If you want to bake a large number of cookies, have several cookie sheets lined up and ready to put in the oven.

The bake time can vary, so keep an eye on them at the 8-minute mark.

If you like an extra crispy edge, leave cookies in the oven an extra minute.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 16mgSodium 165mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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