Sunday, September 4, 2011

Forget the Cake Crumb Cake Cookies

If you like crumb cake as much as I do then you'll have to admit that it's really more about the crumbs than it is the cake. The cake, generally an inch or so of dreadfully dry yellow cake (New Jersey Coffee Cake being one exception), is the price we have to pay for that thick layer of flavorful, crunchy crumbs. Well, suffer no more, I've come up with a solution! Cookies made of crumb topping so you can get what you want when you want.  Amazingly easy and with only a handful of ingredients, you can be a bit reckless when making them to give them the rustic look of a crumb topping.

Try them for yourself and see if you don't agree that these quite happily satisfy that crumb cake craving, in an acceptable form.  Excellent with morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Forget the Cake Crumb Cake Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks of butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and beat together until well blended and large crumbs start to form.  
Using your hands grab walnut-sized pieces of dough and place it rather haphazardly onto an ungreased baking sheet.  These should look unformed and rustic, like the crumb topping on a crumb cake, but sized like a medium cookie.  Bake for 15-17 minutes.  
Remove from oven and allow to set on the baking sheet for three minutes until removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle tops with powdered sugar. Makes 24.

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Jacqueline said...

Killer - but I might just skip the baking too and go straight for that fabulous bowl of yummy dough! Oh, I know I am bad!

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

Wow - what a simple & scrumtious looking recipe! I would love it if you linked up on my blog hop, Makin' You Crave Monday, over at!!

Mary said...

Oh these look & sound IS all about the crumbs! I'm craving some to go with my coffee this morning :-)

Vanessa Coppa said...

Your recipes always look and sound so delicious. This one is no exception!

The Poet Herself said...

I love this idea! And you're right--it's the crumb topping that's the star of the show with crumb cake anyway, so why not just eat that. ;)

Visiting from Makin' You Crave Monday.

Lynn said...

Now if we could just get away with putting chocolate frosting on them . . . after all, they're cake-like, yes? :)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh my heavens, Pattie. If only I had seen this post last night. I had an unrelenting need for crumb cake, I thought I would go into deep withdrawal. I am SO saving this recipe. The chips just didn't do it. (I don't even like chips, they're Marions)

Thank you, thank you, I'll let you know when I bake them up because, I WILL be making them soon!!!

Kathleen said...

Going to try them! But I do make my own crumb cake so I don't have to put up with that dry lower layer!

Tracy said...

These are so interesting! How long do they keep?

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Gosh, Tracy, I don't know. This was a first for me, so I didn't get a chance to see how long they'd last. They disappeared around here after three days. ;-)

Tracy said...

Three days is perfect! How did you store them for that period of time?

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I just piled them up in the cookie jar -- one of those glass canisters with a glass top.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Patti!!!

I just had to pop in and let you know I baked these babies up this evening. Holy goodness!!! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, baking and I don't really blend well together but, they turned just as you described. I'll be posting about them as soon as I can. After all, it's National Cookie Month and your "crummy" cookies sure are winners!!!

Thank you so much for sharing...

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I'm so glad that you tried them and were pleased. They really are a snap to make and they taste exactly like what you'd think they would: crumb topping!

Happy National Cookie Month, Louise!

Linda said...

Love the first photo. I wish I could reach right in though and grab a cookie! I don't mind crumbs and from something this delicious sounding, I would probably brush those crumbs right up with my hand and eat every one. I saw this on Months of Edible Celebrations and it looks like something I'd like to try too!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pattie,
It's me again. I just HAD to pop by to tell you I am in the process of baking these cookies once more:) You know how much I LOVE them. I plan on delivery a tray to the Pastor and his wife tonight:) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I amy make those Chocolate Shortbread Cookies too if time allows:)

I don't know if you have been to my blog as of late but I haven't been blogging much these past months due to health issue amongst other things. As a matter of fact, I uploaded my final post a few nights ago and will no longer be posting.

I wanted to tell you how wonderful it has been getting to know you through your blog and wonderful recipes these past years Pattie. As you know, I have always been mesmerized by your tablescapes too.

I realize this is your first Christmas without your husband, My heart goes out to you. It will be our first Christmas without Marion. Every day is indded a gift from God Pattie. I realize that now more than ever. I only wish I would have realized it sooner. You stay well and thank you again for opening your blog to all of us. It has been a delightful pleasure. I follow you on Instagram and will try to find you on Facebook. If you get a chance, pop by my blog to find out what's been going on the last two posts. Stay well, Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!!!

P.S. I am thinning out my cookbooks, if you still want that mexican cookbook, email me your address and I'll mail it to you:)