Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

Breakfast is calling. It’s wondering why cookie chips took so long to get into coffee cake.

Cinnamon is one of those dark horses. I forget about it for weeks, sometimes months, at a time. And then without warning, I eat a dessert with cinnamon, and wham! I can’t stop.

When I tried Hannah Max cinnamon sugar cookie chips for the first time to decide how to bake with them, I had to slap my own hand to stop it from reaching back into the bag. The cinnamon sugar flavor is more addictive than I expected. It’s always fun when life runs contrary to expectation in a good way!

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

That’s how I got married, actually. When I started dating Kenny, I didn’t really expect it to last for very long. See, he was super cute and a lot of fun, but I’d known him since college when he was a bit rough around the edges and perpetually playing ping-pong. It’s pretty much all he ever did.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

So imagine my surprise when on our first date, we actually had a serious conversation. And he was kinder than I’d ever realized, ready to start the next stage of his life with marriage and kids and all that. In other words, he had grown up. I hadn’t expected that at all. In my mind, he was still playing ping-pong with stale rolls from the dining hall because he couldn’t find the ball.

Pleasant surprises are the best kind. They sneak up on you and make you wonder if you really do know as much as you think you know.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

Cinnamon desserts are in that place for me. I bake them with almost an internal shrug, thinking that somebody will really like it, but not me. After I’ve managed to mainline several helpings of whatever it is, I’ll finally admit that I really love cinnamon more than I expected to.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

This cake is ridiculously good. It’s almost a blondie because of a higher brown sugar content to a lower flour ratio. The inclusion of eggs and baking powder makes it rise to cake-like proportions, however, and the cinnamon sugar topping is made of cookie chips.

I cannot say enough about this topping. Some of it floats on the top while the rest of it sinks into the batter at various points, giving the cake a through-and-through cookie chip quotient. With the (sorry if you hate this word) moist cake base balancing the crunchy cookie chips, it’s hard to imagine breakfast getting any better.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake

If you don’t think much about cinnamon, you’ll have to rethink your internal musings. Cinnamon sugar cookie chips are too addictive to ignore, and put into this cake, they take on a whole new amazing form. Maybe cookie chips on coffee cake isn’t what you’d expect, but it’s a glorious surprise. And those are the best kind!

A product for this post was provided by Hannah Max Cookie Chips. All opinions are my own.


Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Chips Coffee Cake


1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup flour
Crumb Topping
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 bag Hannah Max cinnamon sugar cookie chips, crumbled into small pieces
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the cake ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While the cake is baking, make the crumb topping. In a bowl, combine the topping ingredients and use your fingers to make crumbs.
  5. Spread the crumb mixture evenly over the cake and bake for 35 additional minutes.
  6. Cool and cut into squares.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This cake sounds amazing and that story of your first date is super cute πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! πŸ™‚ I like life’s little surprises. Or big ones!

  2. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    Aww what a sweet story of you and your husband πŸ™‚
    These coffee cakes look sooo delicious! I’m a huge fan of cinnamon stuff, so I know I’d love this too!
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    1. Mir

      It’s super cinnamony, Jasline! I know you’d go for it!

  3. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Wow! What a cute first date story of you and your husband. This cake sound fantastically YUM!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Anu! I was shocked when he was…datable. πŸ™‚

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Awwh, what a cute story.
    I am exactly the same with cinnamon. We only usually eat it at Christmas, but I think I need to make it a part of my every day life, not just at Christmas time.
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    1. Mir

      It’s supposed to have all these health benefits too, Dannii!

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Pleasant surprises are definitely the best! Glad you were reunited with your now-husband and cinnamon. It’s one of my favorite spices to bake with! This cake looks so good, Mir! I can’t get over how soft and moist this looks. I think I would devour this whole cake and not share with my husband!
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    1. Mir

      Husbands eat all the food way too fast. Do NOT share, Gayle! πŸ™‚

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, yes, pleasant surprises are the best!! I loved reading about you and Kenny. . tell us more! πŸ™‚ and you are so right about cinnamon!! I don’t know why but I mainly associate using cinnamon with fall. . but yeah, it’s definitely a spice that we need to use all year round! I mean, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon cookies. . I LOVE this coffee cake!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! I have more, but I’ll have to save something for those posts when I have writer’s block, Alice! πŸ™‚ I associate cinnamon with fall too, but then it actually goes great with summer fruit too. Thanks!

  7. Sues

    Aww that’s such a sweet story about meeting your husband. Oh, and of course, the cake looks great!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sues! I like cakes and husbands!

  8. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    That’s a great story about Kenny and ping-pong! Sometimes surprises are the best. I’ve never heard of these cinnamon sugar cookie chips, but they sound delicious in this yummy coffee cake!
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    1. Mir

      He still loves ping-pong, Rachelle, but not QUITE as much. The cookie chips are sold everywhere. They’re addictive. You must try!

  9. mira

    Love your story Mir! And I also love cinnamon! This coffee cake sound and look delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! I am SO into coffee cake in the morning!

  10. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    Aw, I love pleasant surprises too and I enjoyed reading about your first date! So sweet! This recipe sounds just perfect!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sam! I have to pretend the cake is not sitting behind me right now. It’s dangerous.

  11. Harriet Emily

    What a beautiful story Mir! I really loved reading about it, it sounds so sweet! :). The cake is beautiful too, cinnamon is one of my favourite ingredients to bake with. I will have to try this!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Harriet Emily! It’s too addictive. I am very upset with myself for making it. πŸ™‚

  12. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    cinnamon and sugar is such an amazing combo! this cake looks awesome and the crumb topping OMGEEE I bet this was so yummy!
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    1. Mir

      Too yummy, Michele. I’ll have to remember that next time I make a similar flavor combo!

  13. Manali @ CookWithManali

    aww the first date sounds so cute! <3 love this cake, that topping is calling my name!!!!!!!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! It was cute. I don’t think we’re that cute anymore. Just older. πŸ™‚

  14. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Well this is absolute perfection! I want this now!
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    1. Mir

      Can you please come get it out of my house, Jocelyn? I’m trying to resist…

  15. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh my gosh. This coffee cake is blowing my mind!
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    1. Mir

      Yay! Then I feel like I did good work today, Dorothy!

  16. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    The story about you and your husband is so sweet. This cake looks wonderful and so moist. I love a good cinnamon breakfast cake in the morning. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Me too, Erin! Thanks!

  17. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    What a sweet story of your first date! Pleasant surprises are definitely the best! I love cinnamon treats so much and I’m loving that cookie chip crumble on top of this cake! I would find it so hard to resist this cake if it was in my house!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, which is why I have to stop. Staring. At. It. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Jocelyn!

  18. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I love your analogy about your husband being a pleasant surprise- the ping pong story is super cute!!! He is lucky to have you because this dessert looks stellar! Lots of brown sugar, cinnamon and a crumb topping is ALWAYS delicious and a winner in my book! Cheers and thanks for sharingβ™‘

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Cheyanne! The man does love his ping-pong. We even have a table downstairs!

  19. Wendy

    Guys certainly do mature (to whatever extent they do mature) at a different rate than women. How wonderful that you rediscovered your husband once he had “grown-up” post-college. πŸ™‚ Your story made me hopeful and curious to see who my recent college graduate son (who I can totally see playing ping pong with a stale roll) will evolve into. πŸ™‚ Cinnamon and vanilla are my favorite baking flavors, so I know I will enjoy this coffee cake! I know there are people that hate the word moist, but what word are we supposed to use to describe a cake that is….moist?
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    1. Mir

      I bet he will be very different in a few years, Wendy! And I’m with you on that word. How else to describe good cake?

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