Cream Cheese Coffee Cookies

These delicious coffee cream cheese cookies are the perfect combination of rich coffee flavor and sweet, buttery goodness. Made with keto and low-carb ingredients including, almond flour, your preferred sweetener, butter, hot water, instant coffee (or instant espresso powder), cream cheese, and vanilla extract, these cookies are easy to make and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Coffee cookies made with cream cheese and gluten free ingredients served on a white plate stacked on top of each other.

How to make Cream Cheese Coffee Cookies?


  1. Prepare cookie dough by combining browned butter, concentrated instant coffee, purpose flour, sweetener, cream cheese and vanilla extract. Stir with a hand mixer until the dough is formed.
  2. Make cookie dough balls about the size of a golf ball, place them on a baking sheet, cookie sheet, or parchment paper and use the palm of your hands to press down. Bake at 325F for 16-20 minutes and let it cool before handling.

Pro Tip

Quickly cool the cookies by freezing them for 5 minutes. The cookies must be cooled before handling because the cream cheese needs to cool to hold the cookies together.

Extra Flavors

Feel free to add a sprinkle of sea salt to the cookie dough if you are feeling adventurous!

What ingredients do I need to make coffee cookies?


  • Almond Flour – fine ground Almond Flour for a keto, gluten-free and low-carb recipe.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Butter – unsalted butter.
  • Hot Water – filtered boiled water.
  • Instant Coffee –  strong bold coffee like Starbucks Premium Instant Coffee.
  • Cream Cheese in blocks and softened to room temperature. 
  • Vanilla Extract – concentrated flavors of Vanilla found in baking section of grocery stores.

Why Instant Coffee?

It’s best to use instant coffee because it’s concentrated flavors of coffee that won’t water down the cookie dough!

Coffee cookies made with cream cheese and gluten free ingredients served on a white plate showing cross sectional cut.

Do coffee cookies have caffeine?

Yes, coffee cream cheese cookies contain caffeine since they are made with instant coffee (or instant espresso powder) which is a source of caffeine. However, the exact amount of caffeine in each cookie will depend on the amount of instant coffee (or instant espresso powder) used in the recipe.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to adjust the amount of coffee used in the recipe or substitute it with a decaffeinated version.

How to store coffee cookies?

Place the cookies in an airtight container in the fridge which will last 7-10 days. Throw in the microwave to warm back up.

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Watch How To Make It

Coffee cookies made with cream cheese and gluten free ingredients served on a white plate.

Cream Cheese Coffee Cookies

If you're looking for a cookie that will give you a morning boost that's delicious and satisfying, then you'll love these coffee cream cheese cookies!
4.46 from 11 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: coffee cookies, gluten free sugar free cookies, low carb breakfast cookie recipes, low carb cookie dough
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Print Recipe
Calories: 144kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • Preheat oven to 325F.
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  • In a small Teflon fry pan, add butter on medium-low heat. Melt and continuously mix the butter until color turns amber/light brown, about 3-4 minutes. Once browned, remove from heat and let it cool down.
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  • In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 tsp of hot water (MUST be hot) with 2 tbsp of Instant Coffee and mix well until most of the coffee crystals are dissolved. Run liquid through a strainer and set aside.
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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Almond Flour, concentrated coffee from 4), sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla extract and browned butter. Mix well for about 1 minute with a hand/stand mixer. Note - make sure browned butter is at room temperature when pouring otherwise it will 'cook' the batter.
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  • Roll the dough into 1 inch size balls and place on a silicone baking mat or greased baking sheet.
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  • Press down the dough balls using your palm of your hand to roughly 1/4 inch thickness.
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  • Bake at 325 F for 16-20 minutes (ours took 16 minutes) or until bottom edges start to slightly brown. Once done, wait at least 10 minutes for cookie to cool down prior to handling. We prefer enjoying the cookies once they have completely cooled down and hardened, which takes about 1 hour, but it's up to you!
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Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Do you have the link for the coffee you purchased?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Amy! The one we used is UCC 117, but you probably can pick it up cheaper at an Asian supermarket. You also can use whatever instant coffee you want, Folgers, Starbucks VIA, Nescafe, would all work!

  2. For some reason my cookies didn’t harden. Any idea why? Thanks!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Gynelle! Did you wait for the cookies to cool down for at least 10 minutes before you handled them? This cooling is required as the cookies are very fragile and soft out of the oven.

      Also these cookies are def on the softer side but should have enough structure to handle once cooled. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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