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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.


  • 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!

Now you know how I love a good cookie right? Here are a couple more from the blog that I can’t live without!


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. |
5 from 13 votes

Spiced Coffee Cookies with Caramel-Vanilla Glaze

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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Total Time 53 mins
Servings 46 cookies
Author Hostess At Heart



    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: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.6mg
    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.
    Tried this recipe? That’s awesome!Mention @hostessatheart or tag #hostessatheart!

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    Recipe Rating

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    Tuesday 13th of April 2021

    […] this coffee cake that we choose, we debated on making her Spiced Coffee Cookies with Caramel-Vanilla Glaze which not only sound amazing, they are so […]


    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!


    Wednesday 16th of January 2019

    These cookies sound so wonderful. I love how coffee in a baked good really enhances the flavors! Looking forward to making these.

    Julie Menghini

    Saturday 19th of January 2019

    Thank you, Angela!

    Jennifer Stewart

    Wednesday 9th of January 2019

    This glaze is everything!! I just want to drink it instead of a cup of coffee OR tea!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 10th of January 2019

    I'm with you Jennifer! Thank you!