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Spiced Coffee Cookies with Caramel-Vanilla Glaze

Spiced Coffee Cookies With Caramel Vanilla Glaze – A warm spiced soft cookie topped with gooey caramel and a vanilla glaze swirl. These cookies taste like a delicious coffee latte.

This delicious recipe was first published on 10/27/15 and has been updated to improve the reader experience.

3 soft mocha coffe flavored cookies with a soft caramel topping and swirl vanilla glaze

I wanted a special cookie to celebrate Johns work anniversary and these cinnamon-spiced cookies were perfect. The soft caramel topping and vanilla glaze dress them up for any celebration.

My first attempts at making these spiced cookies were good, but they were just  “brown”. They needed an anniversary flair so I decided to add a vanilla drizzle. I was putting my ingredients together and it came to me that caramel would compliment the cookie so, of course, I did both!

One warning, you had better have a drink to go with these cookies. They are moist, tender and delicious, but they are also a mouthful. The caramel will set, but it stays soft, gooey and so good. It is so good on top of these warm cinnamon spice cookies though.

Spiced Coffee Cookies with Caramel-Vanilla Glaze Recipe

When John and I got married, he was fresh out of college. We were living on love and certain that a job would come knocking on our door.

The job market was pitiful so John took out the phone book and started making cold calls – yep we actually used phone books! As luck would have it, he found a company that had just started thinking of expanding its agronomy division. John got the job, and this month celebrates his 35th anniversary.

The people he works with are used to me bringing them treats so I knew this soft delicious cookie couldn’t be ordinary.

A white plate holding 3 Spiced Coffee Cookies that have a caramel topping with a white swirl. A cooling rack sits in the background full of cookies next to a cup of coffee.


  • unsalted butter
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • coffee
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • powdered sugar
A close up 3 cookies topped with caramel and a white swirl on a white plate. The front cookie has a large bite out of it showing the soft center and thick caramel topping.

Three soft cinnamon spiced cookies with a gooey caramel topping and vanilla drizzle.

Tips For Success

  • You don’t have to make a pot of coffee to make these cookies. You can dissolve a granulated instant coffee instead. When I bake with coffee, I use a strong dark blend. Or heck most grocery stores have coffee shops in them now. Just by a cup to go.
  • Caramel sets up quickly so don’t make it until you’re ready to spoon it over cooled cookies.
  • Do not stack these cookies. Store covered in an air-tight container in a cool place or refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • If Caramel isn’t for you, just drizzle with the Vanilla Coffee glaze only.


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  • Parchment PaperI have to use a parchment paper that can withstand an oven temp of 450° for my bread so I use this for everything. It keeps my pans looking good and clean up is a breeze!
  • Baking Sheets – These sheet pans are durable and I have four of them so I can get everything baked in a jiffy!
Spiced Coffee Cookies With Caramel Vanilla Glaze are tender and delicious with a soft and gooey caramel. These cookies are like a delicious coffee latte. |

Spiced Coffee Cookies with Caramel-Vanilla Glaze

Author: Hostess At Heart
Spiced Coffee Cookies With Caramel Vanilla Glaze – A warm spiced soft cookie topped with gooey caramel and vanilla glaze swirl. These cookies taste like a delicious coffee latte.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Coffee Cookies
Servings: 46 cookies



Mix together

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs room temperature

Stir In

Sift together

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter

Vanilla Drizzle

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp cold coffee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract



  • Stir in the coffee mixture and the butter mixture in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Mix until combined. Gradually add sifted ingredients, mixing until combined.
  • Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop, place cookies onto baking sheets.
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Remove the cookies from the pan put them on a cooling rack. Let the cookies cool completely.


  • In a medium saucepan, combine condensed milk and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla.
  • Spoon hot caramel over cooled cookies. When cooled, the caramel will set and be difficult to spoon so wait to make the caramel when the cookies have cooled.

Vanilla Glaze

  • In a glass bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until blended. Turn on high and blend for another minute or until smooth. Drizzle with a fork, piping bag or a squeeze bottle. Allow drizzle to set.


Cookies were adapted from a local radio program in 1949! Caramel Adapted from Lady Behind The Curtain blog


Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 66mgSugar: 21gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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5 from 13 votes
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Monday 6th of July 2020

You had me at coffee cookies, but adding the caramel and vanilla glaze! OVER THE TOP! Loved it, added just enough sweet with the coffee!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Thank you! We love these cookies!

Healing Tomato

Saturday 19th of January 2019

I could eat all of these cookies in one sitting! They look so delicious and easy to make.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 20th of January 2019

I'm a cookie girl too, Rini! Thank you!

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