Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

Posted by on Mar 3, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

These Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies do it all. They are warmly-spiced with a coffee-forward flavor.

Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

Plus, they are soft and chewy, which really is how I prefer cookies to be. Crunchy cookies are good, too, but cookies like this? Oh yeah.

Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

My husband’s work lives on coffee. Needless to say, they adored these cookies–with coffee. Bring on the caffeine in all forms, right?

Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

The ingredient list for this looks long, but that’s because it has lots of spices. It really comes together pretty fast. If you want to speed things along at baking time, mix together the dry ingredients the day before.

Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

These cookies will brighten your day. Have them for breakfast. Or a dessert. Or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The baked-in espresso (plus that sugar) will do a lot to brighten your day!

Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

These Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies soft and chewy, and loaded with a warm mix of spices, along with a pleasant jolt of caffeine. This makes about 28 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee, cookies
Author: Beth Cato


  • tablespoon scoop



  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cube, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or other raw, coarse sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a small bowl, stir the espresso powder into the hot water until it is dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a big bowl, beat together the butter and shortening. Add both sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Follow up with the eggs, vanilla, and liquid espresso. Beat in the flour until just incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours; otherwise, the dough will be very sticky and hard to work with.
  • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.
  • Use a tablespoon scoop to form dough into an round ball. Roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place rounds spaced-out on cookie sheet, flattening each to a fat disc.
  • Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet another 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Completely cool, then place in a sealed container at room temperature.


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    Forthcoming: a poem in THE BOOK OF DRAGONS next July

    Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Forthcoming: a poem in THE BOOK OF DRAGONS next July

    This has been in the works for ages, but I’m still gobsmacked: I’ll have a poem in the hardcover, fully illustrated anthology The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan, due out on July 7, 2020. The table of contents is like a full list of the best living authors in genre fiction… and then there’s me, like this.

    Every story and poem is illustrated by Rovina Cai, who just won the World Fantasy Award for best artist. The book will be a whopping 640 pages. I’m guessing this will be very much a treasury book to keep on a coffee table–beautiful to look and to read. Read the full announcement on the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog! Behold the authors involved!

    book of dragons


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    Sunday Quote wants this week over with

    Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sunday Quote wants this week over with

    “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
    ~ Anton Chekhov

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    Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

    Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

    phxcc_logo_2017_smIt’s Phoenix Comicon time! This is my home con, and it’s grown huge in recent years–some 200,000 people attended over four days last year! This time around, I will have panels and some signings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    I will also be part of Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s Elevengeddon Mass Signing on Wednesday the 24th at the Hilton Resort in Scottsdale, 7pm. More info here.

    My books will be for sale at the convention, but feel free to bring copies from home, too. I’ll also sign Kindle cases, autograph books, hellspawn, etc. ALSO… I WILL HAVE COOKIES. If you see me (and it’s not in the middle of a panel, because duh) please ask if I have any cookies left. I will be happy to feed you. Note that these cookies will be filled with gluten and other magic.

    You’ll find my full current schedule here.


    12:00 pm
    Fantasy and Magic in Literature :: North 126AB

    3:00 pm
    Women Writers of Speculative Fiction :: North 126AB


    10:30 am
    Writing Badass Women :: North 126C

    1:30 pm
    Beth Cato, Alan Smale, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro Signing :: North 124AB


    10:30 am
    Arizona Author Spotlight :: North 126C

    1:30 pm
    All Things Steampunk :: North 126AB

    3:00 pm
    Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Beth Cato, Rob Reid and Scott Lynch Signing :: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing




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