Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles


Pump up an ordinary snickerdoodle recipe by stirring in instant espresso powder and drizzling with caramel. This easy fall cookie recipe will be the star of any tailgate or gathering!

Caramel-Coffee Snickerdoodles
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
42 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour

  • ½ cup amaranth flour

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 20 vanilla caramels, unwrapped

  • 3 tablespoon half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add the next five ingredients (through salt). Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in whole wheat flour and amaranth flour. Beat in as much of the all-purpose flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-1/4-inch balls. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake 10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Remove; cool on wire rack.

  4. In a small saucepan heat the remaining ingredients over medium-low heat until melted and smooth, stirring frequently (or microwave 50 seconds, stirring twice). Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let cookies stand until caramel is set.

To Store

Place cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 42
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Folate, total 9.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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