Cinnamon Shortbread with Pumpkin Spice Glaze #loveyourcup

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Sweet little shortbread cookies with BIG fall flavor!  Each bite is full of cinnamon and a spiced pumpkin glaze!

Cinnamon shortbread cookies are coffee’s best friend!

A cinnamon shortbread cookie with a pumpkin spice glaze. #shop

I met one of my very best friends in our neighborhood.  I remember how we connected shortly after she and her husband moved in.  They were just a few years younger than us and planning for their wedding.  My husband and I had been married for just a few years.  When our oldest was born shortly afterwards, she and her husband were there.  When they got married a year later, we were there for them.  And that’s how it has been ever since.  We’ve been there for each other for the big moments, like when her twins were born early and the little moments like when our Beta fished needed to be fed while we traveled.  That’s what friends are for right?

Shortbread cookies with a hint of cinnamon and drizzled with a pumpkin spice glaze. #shop

I have always been a stay at home mom and she has been a working mom, yet we have so much in common.  One of those connections is our love for coffee!!  Every time we could steal a moment of “mom time”, it would be over coffee.  On her days off or even week nights when our husbands were busy,  she’d bring her kids to play with my kids.  I’d brew a pot of coffee, fill up our mugs and she and I would talk and talk and talk.  We’d talk about our kids, our husbands, our lives, our worries, our joys, our troubles, religion and politics.  We would lay everything on the table.  It was cathartic for both of us.  Although I talk to my  husband about everything, there’s just something about opening up to a trusted girl friend.  She gets me.

Cinnamon Shortbread cookies with a simple pumpkin spice drizzle. #shop

10 years have now passed.  She and her family moved from the old neighborhood.  We did too….exactly 7 minutes away from them!  And for that, I am thankful!  Each time my friend has a day off, the first thing she does is ask if I want to have coffee.  I run to brew a pot, grab the mugs and a snack or two.   I know that by the end of our time together, I will be filled up and energized until our next coffee date.   Now that’s a friendship.

These cinnamon shortbread are perfect with coffee!  The pumpkin spice drizzle makes them extra special. #shop

The perfect snack to serve with coffee are shortbread cookies.  These little cookies are buttery perfection.  They are not overly sweet and the bite of cinnamon pairs naturally with the glaze made with pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  These cinnamon shortbread are perfect to dunk into your coffee or to simply serve on the side!


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Cinnamon Shortbread with Pumpkin Spice Glaze #loveyourcup
For the Cookies
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2⅓ cups flour
For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
  1. Preheat the oven to 300. Grease two 9-inch cake pans. Sprinkle each pan with tablespoon cinnamon sugar, set aside.
  2. In a mixer cream butter, salt and sugar until creamer. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon. Carefully blend in flour. Dough will be crumbly. Divide dough in half and press dough into each cake pan. Prick each pan with a fork.
  3. Bake shortbread in the oven for 35 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Allow shortbread to sit in pans for 5 minutes. Loosen edges of shortbread with a knife or an offset spatula and careful turn our shortbread onto a cutting board or onto wax paper.
  4. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter cut each round into 12 equal pieces. It’s best to do this when the shortbread is warm. Allow shortbread to cool completely before drizzling with glaze.
  5. For the glaze: combine powdered sugar and coffee creamer in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over shortbread.
  6. Makes 24 wedge cookies.


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36 Responses

  1. Mm, those shortbreads sound divine! And what a great friendship you have. I’m just like you — I talk to my husband about everything — but it’s still good to have a close friend or two, as well. :)

    • Everyone needs a girl friend or two who just understand! Thanks Willow!

  2. These are perfect with girlfriend catch up time! I do not know what I do without my best girlfriends, sounds like you have a great friend!

    • Thanks Liz, I’ve got some good friends! And we love to eat!

  3. huntfortheverybest

    it looks yummy!

  4. These are fantastic Tanya!!! I want all of them. And I wish I had a friend like that. My closest friends are all online. (That’s kind of sad, lol.)

  5. Such a sweet story. I live 45 mins away from my BFF and we don’t get to see each other too much but when we do it always involves coffee!

  6. Wonderful to have close friends with whom to share your lives. It’s becoming increasingly rare these days. These cookies sound delicious, Tanya, and I’d serve myself just as you did in the photo, with a couple on my coffee’s saucer.

  7. How wonderful that you live so near a close friend. I can imagine lots of girl chat over these lovely cookies!

  8. Tanya you are so lucky, my coffee/running/ therapy buddy just moved :( LOVING that shortbread

  9. Is it weird I’m totally jealous you guys can actually have coffee while eating this shortbread treats and I just have to virtually stalk you?

  10. That is so nice that you guys live close even after moving! I have made so many close friends like you describe here who have ended up moving away. A lot of people don’t seem to stay in San Francisco long, so it’s hard for me to get attached to anyone!

    These cookies look perfect. I’m pinning them to make this holiday season for sure. (Of course I already have the Pumpkin Spice creamer on hand!)

  11. huntfortheverybest

    sounds yummy!

  12. Tanya this looks so yummy!

  13. I am recently getting into shortbread and these might just push me over the edge. Delicious.

  14. Good girlfriends are the BEST! Especially when chatting over coffee and something yummy like this shortbread. Love the pumpkin glaze!

    • I could drink the glaze! Thank you Taylor!

  15. What a great friendship story, Tanya! Priceless. There’s nothing better than chatting with friends over coffee….and I definitely wouldn’t mind one of these shortbreads, too! They look delicious!!

    • Nothing better than friends, Cathy, you are right about that!

  16. I love cinnamon and shortbread, what a perfect combination. I’m featuring these on a feature I have on my blog called Baking News. Have a great day Tanya!

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  18. I’m in love….let’s have a party filled with shortbread, coffee & sweatpants :)

    • I like how you think Sarah, stretchy pants are a must!


    Love this recipe!! I can’t wait to try it – but can I ask if I wanted to use a rectangle pan what size and timing would be best? Maybe a 9×13?
    Thanks!! :)

    • You could use a 9 x 13, the bake time won’t change that much, I would watch them after 15 to make sure they aren’t browning too much along the edges.


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