Crispy Coffee Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


about 5 dozen

Updated: Aug. 29, 2022
I created this coffee cookies recipe because I wanted an easy-to-make cookie that folks can't resist. These tempting treats have a hint of coffee flavor and aren't overly sweet.
Crispy Coffee Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, combine sugar and oil. Dissolve coffee in water; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the sugar mixture.
  2. Roll into 3/4-in. balls, then roll in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets; flatten with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Crispy Coffee Cookies Tips

How should you store crispy coffee cookies?

Store cookies between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. If you’ll be keeping them at room temperature, they will last for up to 3 to 5 days. But in the freezer, you can keep cookies for up to 6 months. Just thaw at room temperature when you’re craving something sweet! Here’s our guide to knowing how long cookies last, from drop cookies to spritzes.

Can you use espresso powder instead of instant coffee for this coffee cookies recipe?

If you have espresso powder instead of instant coffee, you can still make this recipe work. Because espresso powder is more finely ground and more potent, use about half the amount you would use if you had instant coffee. Adding either of these can really amp up the flavor of not only this coffee cookies recipe, but lots of others—sweet or savory! Try these other recipes and ways to cook with coffee.

How can you prevent overbaking these coffee cookies?

It’s so easy to overbake cookies, especially since they continue to cook even after they’re removed from the oven. Follow your recipe’s instructions, always erring on the side of taking them out too early rather than too late. This is especially important for treats that are supposed to be chewy, like sugar cookies. Find more tips for baking perfect cookies.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 118 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.