Gilmore Girls Coffee Cake Cookie

Making Cookies Inspired by TV Shows, Part 5: Gilmore Girls! This Gilmore Girls Coffee Cake Cookie is my favorite cookie of this series! You read that right — my favorite one. And if you know me well, you know I am so bad at choosing favorites, so this is saying something.

When I first shared this cookie, I hadn’t seen any episodes of Gilmore Girls. Since making this cookie, I started and finished the entire show! I am definitely a fan of the show and love this cookie even more.

This cookie consists of a cinnamon dough base, topped with streusel and icing! It is a soft cookie and the flavor is actually similar to coffee cake!

Here are a couple FAQ I get with this cookie:

My streusel isn’t crumbling. What should I do?

Add more flour! If you add 1/3 cup of flour and the streusel is still sticking together and won’t crumble at all, add more. You may need more than 1/2 cup total. Add 1 tbsp additions of flour until the streusel starts to crumble when ran between your fingers. It shouldn’t be so crumbly that it won’t stick together, though. If you squeeze a handful in the palm of your hand, it should stick together, but if you then take that handful and run it through your fingers it should crumble.

How many cookies does this recipe make?

The recipe makes 12 large cookies! I use my large cookie scoop, which is about 1/4 cup. You are welcome to make them smaller than this, in which case you will have more than 12 cookies.

My cookies are really flat. What should I do?

If your dough is sticky once you add all of the ingredients, add more flour! The amount of flour needed in a recipe can be effected by altitude, so you may need extra! If your dough is stick, add 1 tbsp additions of flour until it is no longer sticky and looks like my dough in the video below.

I hope that helps! Always feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions. I can’t wait for you to try these Gilmore Girls Coffee Cake Cookie!

Gilmore Girls Coffee Cake Cookie

Servings 12 large cookies


Cinnamon Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • splash of vanilla


  • To make the dough, combine the butter, oil and dark brown sugar. Mix for a couple minutes until it is smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • To make the streusel, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon or your hand. Start with 1/3 cup of flour. The mixture should stick together, but should also crumble when you run it through your fingers. If it isn't crumbling, add 1 tbsp additions of flour until it crumbles.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough onto a lined baking sheet. Using a spoon or your fingers, make an indent on the top of the dough. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of the streusel on the top of the cookie, into the indent.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While they are baking, make the icing. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk until it's smooth and runny. Once the cookies have cooled slightly, drizzle on lots of icing! Enjoy!

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