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Cinnamon-Walnut Coffee Cake

My grandmother came from Germany with a treasure trove of recipes. She was a farmer's wife, raised seven children and had 28 grandchildren. Every Christmas and Easter, she hosted the family dinner, cooking everything herself. This coffee cake was one of my favorites.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Editor's Note: This coffee cake may be frozen up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 478 calories, 23g fat (5g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Colnight
    Oct 24, 2011

    Very Good. This was very easy to make, probably would taste good with soft butter spread on the side of a piece of this cake.

  • revjoannrom828
    Aug 28, 2011

    I made this cake and changed a couple of things. I used butter instead of shortening and added 1tsp of cinnamon & 1/2tsp extra vanilla to batter. Becauce my son doesn't like nuts I used old-fashioned rolled oats. I doubled the topping because my husband loves crumb topping and then I topped it with 10X sugar. Would definitely make again...very good.

  • cookyclown
    Jan 13, 2010

    this cake looks good so i will try to bake it, i am new to cooking so this will be new to me.

  • D_lopez5
    Jan 13, 2010

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